Commonwealth of Virginia - Executive Mansion

Regular tours of Virginia’s Executive Mansion began in the 1970s under the auspices of First Lady Virginia (Jinks) Holton. Since that time, thousands of visitors from across the country and around the world have enjoyed the beauty, architecture and history of Virginia’s First House.

The Executive Mansion welcomes the public for tours for free during the following dates and times: 

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
10:00 - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Tours last approximately 30 minutes.


Same-day, walk-up tours are available without reservations.

Reservations are required for groups larger than ten and are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. To maximize the tour experience, large groups (over 25) will be given separate tour times.

Reservations can be made by calling the Executive Mansion at 804-371-2642


The Executive Mansion is located in Capitol Square, the entrance of which is at 9th and Grace Streets. There is no public parking available within the grounds. Parking can be found nearby at the following:

A limited number of metered public parking spaces (2 hours) are located on the west side of 10th Street, between Main and Bank Streets; on Bank Street, between Governor and 14th Streets; on the south side of Main Street, between 9th and 12th Streets; and on 12th Street between Main and Bank Streets.

Lots and Decks
Paid parking lots and garages are located nearby on 8th and Grace Street and 7th and Marshall Streets. Downloadable maps of nearby parking lots and decks are available, as well as rates for these areas.

Directions from Google Maps


Please call for information regarding handicap facilities.

Additional Information

  • Conversation should be kept to whisper level and please set cell phones to vibrate.
  • Food, drinks, and chewing gum are not allowed in the Executive Mansion. 
  • Video recorders, handbags, book bags, aerosol containers, guns, ammunition, fireworks, electric stun guns, mace, martial arts weapons/devices, or knives of any size are prohibited from the Executive Mansion.