Visitor's Amenities

Access to the Capitol

The new public entrance at Bank and 10th streets is handicapped accessible. Ramps and elevators are available to convey visitors with special needs to the original 1788 Capitol and the 1906 wings.

Access to the General Assembly Building

A wheelchair accessible ramp and door is located at the 9th Street entrance of the building. Please ring the bell located at that door and the Capitol Police will provide entry.

Elevators

All elevators in the General Assembly Building and Capitol are wheelchair accessible.

Hearing Impairments

Individuals desiring the use of an interpreter during committee meetings should contact House Committee Operations at (804) 698-1540 or Senate Committee Operations at (804) 698-7450 for assistance. Individuals requiring the services of an interpreter should make this request known as far in advance as possible since legislative proceedings will not be delayed to provide this accommodation. Larger committee rooms are equipped with a personal listening system. Individuals may check out a receiver for use during meetings. The TDD number for the House is (804) 786-2369 and the Senate is toll free (866) 267-1474.

Restrooms

The new Capitol Extension and the first floor of the original Capitol offer restrooms that are wheelchair accessible. All floors of the General Assembly Building offer restrooms that are wheelchair accessible.

Telephones

Telephones that are wheelchair accessible are available in the General Assembly Building on the 1st floor and in the west hallway of floors 4, 5, 7, and 8.

Visual Impairments

Materials such as bill drafts or other legislative information or publication can be made available through audio means or printed in Braille.

Parking

Handicap Parking: Private vehicles with handicap plates are able to park and unload passengers on Bank Street near the new public entrance. There is no public parking on the Capitol Square grounds.

Motorcoach Parking: Three or four spaces are presently available on Bank Street between 10th and 12th Streets. Buses should not stay on Bank Street longer than 2 hours. As of 2008 the former “Bus Loop” behind Old City Hall is no longer available to school or tour buses visiting the Capitol. Overflow bus parking is available at the Virginia War Memorial, on 2nd Street south of Spring Street. Group leaders will need to be in phone contact with their drivers.

Public Parking: There are four free general public spaces (1 hour) on the north side of Bank Street, between 9th and 10th Streets. 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.

Pay parking lots and decks are 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.

Note: Due to the increasing construction in Downtown Richmond, some parking lots listed on the links above may not exist any longer. If you have any questions about parking lots in the capitol vicinity, please call the Capitol Tour Desk at (804) 698-1788 or email the Tour Desk at capitoltourguides@house.virginia.gov.

Gift Shop

The Virginia Shop at the Capitol (804)698-7661 is open to the public in the new extension. Gift store hours are Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Meriwether's at the Capitol: Dining and Catering

Meriwether's, a Dining Management Company headquartered in Lynchburg, Virginia, offers several dining options and venues for guests visiting the Capitol.

In the new Capitol Extension is a cafe, open to the public, Monday through Friday from 8:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Guests can enjoy a meal in the cafe, which does have limited seating, or use Meriwether's take-out service. The cafe can be reached by phone at (804)698-7438.

A word of caution to our visitors: Food is not allowed in the original 18th-centry portion of the Capitol.

General Assembly Building: Meriwether's also operates a cafeteria in the General Assembly Building on the 6th floor, open from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. The cafeteria offers some hot meals, as well as sandwiches and beverages. There is also a sandwich express window open during session each year. The Vending machines are located in the basement and floors 2, 3, and 7.