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Richmond Ghosts: Sinister Scares of Shockoe Bottom Tour

Decades of tragedy and war have left the former Confederate capital drenched in otherworldly chaos. Brace yourself for an unbridled look into Richmond’s most haunted with Richmond Ghosts.

Join a Richmond Ghosts and explore the dark underbelly of one of America’s oldest cities. The history of Richmond’s most vile and heinous actions comes to life on a nightly basis. Book your Richmond haunted ghost tour tonight for an experience you’ll never forget!

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Richmond Ghosts: Sinister Scares of Shockoe Bottom Tour

This walking ghost tour of Richmond takes you to the most haunted and historic locations in Shockoe Bottom to learn all about the city’s murderous past. Hear about the phantoms caught in a loop of endless pain and suffering waiting in every building. Want to explore more of Richmond’s most haunted locations? Book the extended tour for a thorough, deep dive into the haunted history in Richmond, VA.

Meeting Location: The 17th Street Farmers market, between Franklin and Main Streets at 17th

Starting Time: Ghost tours are held nightly at 8 PM, rain or shine!

Pet Policy: Pets are not permitted on Ghost Tours

Alcohol Policy: No Drinking Permitted

Adults Only: No

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Five Stars

Alexis was lovely and gave us a lot of historical information. If we had more time we would have done the extended tour—sounded exciting! Def would ...

07.13.24
Mara Orrico
 

Five Stars

Matt was amazing. 10 out of 10 would recommend. Only two of us on the tour. It was like a private experience. He showed us the best time.

07.13.24
A R
 

Five Stars

Alexis was very accommodating and went all out to give us the best experience! Would definitely book another tour with her

07.10.24
Kiana Feliciano
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Tour Preview: Where You’ll Go

Edgar Allan Poe Museum

The oldest original building in Richmond, the old stone house was built in 1740 and is now dedicated to the famous Gothic author. Strange shadows have appeared in photographs near his favorite walking stick.

C&O Churchill Tunnel

Trapped far below a residential complex are the bodies and souls of dozens of construction workers who died after the tunnel collapsed on a train in 1925. The city simply cemented the area off, and now phantom train whistles and screams are often heard.

Mason’s Hall

Richmond’s Free Mason Lodge has gathered here since 1788, making Mason’s Hall one of the oldest lodges in the world. Once used as a vital meeting hospital during the War of 1812, it is now haunted by noisy spirits from Richmond’s past.

The Hauntings of Richmond

Richmond’s haunted history seems to have been specially curated through years of brutal treatment of the people, places, and things that grew out of the city’s foundation in 1737. The largest shipping area in Richmond, Shockoe Bottom, also became the second-largest slave trading center in the United States. Death and disease were common, and the Revolutionary War’s upheaval only made matters worse.

 

The Civil War saw the destruction of the city and a rise of makeshift hospitals filled with the blood-curling screams of soldiers gasping for their last breaths. Their souls can be felt all over the city, searching for solace in the afterlife. The tribulations of a city free of slaves after the war caused a number of violent outbursts.

 

Industrialization and the advancement of the railroad brought new people into Richmond’s malicious fold. The spirits of these ramblers and travelers haunt many of the city’s pubs, bars, and public buildings. In 1973, Hurricane Agnes nearly washed the city away and dredged many restless souls. Richmond, VA, is saturated with otherworldly entities.

 

The Most Haunted Places in Richmond, VA

 

The most haunted places in Richmond are worth investigating. The Waverly House was once the home of Benjamin Green, who was accused of stealing $500,000 from the bank where he worked. It was later used as a Civil War hospital where 19 soldiers died. Now, both Greene and the soldiers roam the house searching for peace. The Virginia Governor’s Mansion is home to the spirit of a woman who died an untimely death under the weight of a tipped-over carriage.

 

But the homes aren’t the only places haunted in Richmond. Cold Harbor Battlefield Park is one of the most haunted battlefields in the nation, thanks to thousands of soldiers from both sides of the conflict dying in one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. One of the most terrifying haunts in Richmond is the Hollywood Cemetery, home to its own vampire and ghost dog. Richmond Ghosts introduces you to Richmond’s oldest ghost stories at the most haunted locations.

Reasons to Take the Richmond Ghost Tour

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You want to experience a different side of Richmond

Most visitors to Richmond have their typical list of “must-see” sites: the Virginia State Capitol Building, the Museum of ... Fine Arts, or Maymont, to name a few. But don’t you want to learn about a darker, more hidden, yet equally as important side of Richmond’s history? Join Richmond Ghosts and immerse yourself in the haunted legends that have been passed down to locals for generations. While some history books might skip over the city’s macabre past, learning these terrifying tales is crucial to gaining an understanding of Richmond’s culture. Visit popular spots such as the C&O Church Hill Tunnel, the site of one of Richmond’s biggest tragedies. At least nine men were killed during the construction of the tunnel…meaning it’s a particularly active site for chilling, otherworldly encounters with these troubled spirits.

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You’ve learned enough about war history

The city of Richmond played a key role in the American Civil War, and if you’re visiting, odds are you’ve learned more th ... an your fair share about this side of the city’s history. If you’re looking to expand your knowledge of what really lies between every darkened corner of this historic town’s streets, look no further than an authentic, curated tour with Richmond Ghosts. Learn something new, and expand your conventional knowledge of this capital city’s morbid past.

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You don’t believe in ghosts

Curious about what lies beyond the grave? Even skeptics are bound to get goosebumps with a tour from Richmond Ghosts. Visit t ... he real-life locations behind hair-raising stories such as that of the Richmond Vampire, who locals claim is buried in — and haunts — the mausoleum of W. W. Pool in Hollywood Cemetery to this day. Even the most adamant of non-believers won’t be able to deny the sense of dread, horror, and misery that plagues this historic town. If there’s one place that will convince you that ghosts are, in fact, very real, look no further than Richmond.

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You don’t want the fun to stop after the sun sets

Richmond isn’t exactly known to be a late-night town. But a certain group of Richmond’s residents is especially active af ... ter the sun goes down: its ghoulish ghosts and otherworldly spirits. Stop by the infamous Rosie Connelly’s Pub, and learn about the haunted drinking establishment where brothel-goers, youth, and many visitors used to sip whiskey back in the early 1900s. For years, workers have reported feeling ghostly hands trying to work in the kitchen, while others have reported seeing a mysterious, full-body apparition of an unknown man, who, without any explanation, would appear in the kitchen before vanishing.

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You’re an Edgar Allen Poe fanatic

Richmond is widely considered to be the home of Edgar Allen Poe, who, for a time, lived at the corner of Second and Franklin ... Streets during his youth. Since then, Richmond has become a mecca for fans of the famous author, who penned countless, spine-tingling stories throughout his career that continue to haunt readers today. Follow Richmond Ghosts and dive into the sordid history of the Edgar Allen Poe Museum, a historic house that’s said to be the site of unusual spiritual activity. The shadowy phantom of Poe himself is said to roam the corridors, meaning that perhaps, he’ll be listening in on your conversations during your visit.

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You and your date want a spooky night out

As nice as it is to wine and dine your significant other, don’t you want to try something new for your next date night? Joi ... n Richmond Ghosts for your next big night out on the town, and get the blood pumping by visiting some of the city’s most notoriously haunted locations. Whether you’re a Richmond local, or just enjoying a romantic getaway, be prepared to cozy up to your date after visiting chilling sites including St. John’s Church, the final resting place for dozens of restless spirits. Walk hand-in-hand across the harrowed ground as you learn about the tragic death of revolutionary Patrick Henry’s wife, Sarah Henry, whose tormented soul is said to roam the church and graveyard all these years later. Listen for her disembodied cries as she bangs on doors, begging to be released from her dungeon prison.

Our Tours

Richmond Ghosts: Sinister Scares of Shockoe Bottom Tour

Dare to embark on a bone-chilling exploration of Virginia’s haunted capital and be prepared to encounter Richmond’s notorious ghosts on an authentic ghost tour of Richmond.

Meeting LocationTour Meeting Location: All tours meet at The 17th Street Farmers market, between Franklin and Main Streets at 17th.

Tour TimeTour Times: Daily at 8PM

Tour LengthTour Length: Approximately 1 hour

Tour WeatherGhost tours are held nightly, rain or shine!

Richmond Ghosts Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl

Enjoy some liquid courage while hearing ghostly tales of Richmond's most historic haunts and drinking hotspots.

Meeting LocationTour Meeting Location: Please meet your tour guide outside of Rosie Connolly's Pub Restaurant. 1548 E Main St A, Richmond, VA 23219.

Tour TimeTour Times: Daily at 6PM

Tour LengthTour Length: Approximately 2 hours

Tour WeatherGhost tours are held nightly, rain or shine!

Walking Tour

Drink Richmond Walking Tour

Visit several alcohol producers in Richmond! Tours and tastings are included in your ticket at various locations!

Meeting LocationTour Meeting Location: Busky Cider, 2910 W Leigh St, Richmond, VA 23230

Tour TimeTour Times: Daily at 3PM

Tour LengthTour Length: Approximately 3 hours

Tour WeatherGhost tours are held nightly, rain or shine!

Hollywood Cemetery Tour: Richmond Lore and Civil War

Experience this one-of-a kind cemetery tour to visit the graves of the most notable figures in Richmond's past.

Meeting LocationTour Meeting Location: Meet your tour guide at the front office of Hollywood Cemetery, at 412 S Cherry Street, in Richmond.

Tour TimeTour Times: Daily at 3PM

Tour LengthTour Length: Approximately 1 hour

Tour WeatherGhost tours are held nightly, rain or shine!

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