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Gadsby's Tavern Museum

134 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3226
+1 703-746-4242
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Discover Alexandria’s five-star hotel of the 18th century! Gadsby’s Tavern Museum consists of the c. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Tavern and Hotel. The buildings were constructed by John Wise, but made famous by John Gadsby. Mr. Gadsby’s establishment was the center of political, business, and social life in Alexandria and hosted the likes of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Today the Museum offers tours, programs and special events.
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134 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3226
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+1 703-746-4242
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Reviewed September 14, 2016

Alexandria, Virginia is one of the most historic places in the nation with more preserved structures than any other place. Gadsby Tavern is special because George Washington and Thomas Jefferson ate there. It was nice to see the original rooms where people ate and slept.

Thank JohnBCowgill
Reviewed September 5, 2016

This was a tour of the tavern besides Gadsby's Tavern. We happened to time it on a day when 4th-7th grade students were acting as the docents. As we'd go from room to room a student docent would talk about the room and share their...More

Thank rifam
Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

Always a great place to visit and eat full of Rich history great food and great service a must visit while in Old Town Alexandria.Fantastic peanut soup !!

1  Thank DArdofSC
Reviewed August 29, 2016

Just due to the fabulous history of this iconic gem, you must do it once. I took my husband there for father's day brunch. They have done a wonderful job of preserving the historical feel and ambiance!

Thank Stephanie W
Reviewed August 15, 2016

I enjoyed this tour and would love to attend an event here. August 13th was a Jane Austen ball. If you’ve toured a tavern before, you might not learn too much new information but it’s neat to stand in a space where several past presidents...More

Thank Nicole R
Reviewed August 10, 2016

George Washington use to eat here.... you have to stop in at least once. The history is great. The food is always great. we bring guests from out of town here all the time. you might get lucky and the town crier might stop in....More

Thank DandD14
Reviewed July 28, 2016

It was very cool to have the opportunity to walk through the place where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others eat and entertained. A very nicely maintained museum in the heart of Old Town Alexandria that makes you imagine this historic time in our nation's...More

1  Thank twinklesva
Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

We spent a Sunday doing museum tours in the area. This was by far our favorite! The tour guides were split up by room, so you don't follow the same person throughout. It was great because the guides were kids!! They were dressed in colonial...More

1  Thank Blair1388
Reviewed July 18, 2016

Most Colonial-era buildings that are open to the public are houses and plantations. Gadsby's Tavern is a combination museum and still-operating tavern. The museum portion includes a thorough tour of the old tavern/inn, including separate dining rooms and guest rooms for wealthy and less-wealthy guests,...More

Thank Brendan S
Reviewed July 18, 2016

Gadsby's had a proud history serving as a major restaurant, meeting place and hotel and also held classes for dancing and French, especially during the Revolutionary period. The docents for each of the rooms were high school students, whose training, friendliness and composure were the...More

Thank bruce s
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Response from Liz W | Property representative |
Adults: $5.00 Children (ages 5 -12): $3.00 Children under 5 are free with a paying adult. Discounts are available to AAA Members and to visitors who have dined at Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant.