Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall

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Located in historic downtown Charlottesville, it is one of the most beautiful and successful pedestrian malls in the nation.

Main Street was one of the main colonial routes in Virginia from the 1730s; part of Jack Jouett's famous ride and the Marquis de Lafayette's efforts to prevent Gen. Charles Cornwallis from obtaining munitions took place along this road.

The district and mall includes over 8 city blocks of restored and renovated buildings with more than 120 unique shops and 30 restaurants (many with outdoor cafes) housed in the historic buildings on and around old Main Street.

Visitors can also enjoy the Virginia Discovery Museum, ice skating, theaters, the Charlottesville Pavilion, Transit Center and Freedom of Expression Wall or just relax under the oak trees or by a fountain along the red bricked mall.

Convenient parking is available along Water Street and in nearby garages and parking lots. Free trolley service connects the Downtown Mall to the University of Virginia along West Main Street.

Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall

Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Albemarle County, VA


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Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau Visitors Center
610 E. Main St. Charlottesville, VA 22902
434-293-6789 or 877-386-1103
Hours: Daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm