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University of Virginia Rotunda Tour

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Address: Charlottesville, VA
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Beautiful Building

The Rotunda looms tall on one end of the Lawn in the heart of the UVA campus. Beautifully designed in alignment with the rotunda at Monticello, it stands out as symbol of the link... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 January 2017
Alexandria, VA
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Alexandria, VA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

The Rotunda looms tall on one end of the Lawn in the heart of the UVA campus. Beautifully designed in alignment with the rotunda at Monticello, it stands out as symbol of the link between Mr. Jefferson's vision of the past with the current stature of the University. The tour guides are well informed with a wealth of information about... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We specifically called and requested a tour of the newly opened Rotunda at UVa. We were assured that the time for our tour was upcoming. After a brief introduction inside the lower level and a description of the statue on the main floor we were escorted outside for a tour of the history and interesting facts about the university. This... More 

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Owings Mills, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

Well worth the tour. The Rotunda library is amazing and the tour group is well educated! Make sure you get to see the dorm rooms too on the commons.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

The tour is very informative. Definitely learn the history of the Rotunda and explore Jefferson’s design philosophy. However the Rotunda is closed for renovation starting May 19, 2014 through Summer 2016.

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Dingwall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013 via mobile

Very interesting building - worth a visit. We were in two minds about going to the rotunda - we're British and are surrounded by old universities Edinburgh / Oxford etc - still worth a visit!

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

If you go to Monticello than you have to visit the University of Virginia too. What you will learn about Jefferson in regards to books or architecture or other matters is visible in both attractions. Aside from Jefferson, the buildings of the University are beautiful and impressive. Both outside and in the Rotunda. I did the tour guide with a... More 

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Peachtree City, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013 via mobile

[before I start: if you are staying at the Cavalier Inn, leave your car there and it's just a 10-minute walk.] We capped our day in Charlottesville with a tour of the Rotunda led by a University student. The building is wonderful in itself, but it really helped in this case to have someone give history on it, satisfying both... More 

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2013

This is a great tour for a first-timer's trip to Charlottesville and UVA. Student tour guides were very well trained and well spoken. They give the history of the university and Thomas Jefferson, the father of the university. They throw in fun stories and anecdotes while also providing historic information. The tour is free, about 30 minutes, and culminates in... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2012

First of all: PARKING. Park in a garage downtown off the pedestrian mall near the Visitors Center and take the free trolley to the University. The folks at the visitor's center will give you directions, maps, and validate 2 hours of parking. The trolley lets you sightsee to and from the campus. For a map of the stops for the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2012

So much history & beautiful surroundings, so much to learn about Thomas Jefferson, Monticello was also fantastic

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