Incorporated in 1742, Richmond is the capital city of the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of the oldest cities in the United States. Located along the James River, the city has been at the center of important moments in American history, from the nation’s founding to the Civil War, Reconstruction Era, and the civil rights movement. The state’s first governor, Patrick Henry, is remembered for his famous 1775 speech in which he said, “Give me liberty, or give me death!” Richmond was also, for a time, the capital city of the Confederacy during the Civil War, until it fell to the Union Army in April 1865. President Abraham Lincoln toured Richmond shortly thereafter, less than two weeks prior to his assassination. The city’s history has been carefully and thoughtfully preserved in museums, monuments and architecture, but that’s just the start of what Richmond has to offer tourists and visitors.

Richmond has seen significant investment in recent years, spurred in part by the multiple Fortune 500 companies and universities that call it home. Long considered a gateway to the south, the greater Richmond region should be on every traveler’s itinerary. Its wide array of attractions, beautiful parks, award-winning restaurants and craft beer scene make it an attractive destinations to visitors of all ages. Using this guide to wheelchair accessible travel in Richmond, you will be prepared to explore Virginia’s “River City.”

Guide Contents

Wheelchair assistance at Richmond Airport.

Airport Accessibility

Richmond’s airport is a modern and welcoming gateway for travelers with disabilities.

Wheelchair accessible attractions in Richmond.

Attractions & Sights

The Edgar Allan Poe Museum, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and American Civil War Museum are just a few of the many wheelchair accessible things to do in Richmond.

Wheelchair accessible hotels in Richmond.

Hotels & Accommodations

Select a place to stay from this list of wheelchair accessible hotels in Richmond.

Wheelchair accessible public transit Richmond.

Public Transportation

The City of Richmond’s bus rapid transit system makes accessing downtown a breeze for wheelchair users.

Wheelchair accessibility of sidewalks in Richmond.

Sidewalk Accessibility

Valuable information about navigating Richmond’s historic streets with a wheelchair or disability.



Additional reading

The following articles from the Wheelchair Travel Blog and Wheelchair Travel Newsletter provide additional insight into accessible tourism in the City of Richmond.