Alexandria Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Alexandria; our list of the best things to see, including The Birchmere, Torpedo Factory Art Center and George Washington Masonic Memorial.
  • The best place in Alexandria: The Birchmere

    The Birchmere

    3701 Mount Vernon Ave
    A locally famous musical hall which has had a spectrum of artists from country acts such as Charles Daniels to classic rockers like George Thorogood.
    Potomac West
  • Torpedo Factory Art Center

    Torpedo Factory Art Center

    105 North Union St
    10AM-5PM daily; additionally 6PM-9PM every second Tu. Free. A former World War I munitions depot that once housed the Nazi war archives after World War II , the Torpedo Factory has been turned into an artist studio/learning center for local artists.
    Old Town eat nearby
  • George Washington Masonic Memorial

    George Washington Masonic Memorial

    101 Callahan Dr
    1 Apr–30 Sep: 9AM-4PM daily; 1 Oct–31 March 10AM-4PM; guided tours: 10AM,11:30AM,1:30PM,3PM. Free. Designed and built by Freemasons in the 1930's, this monument to George Washington was made to resemble the Lighthouse at Alexandria, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Free tours are available daily except on major holidays. The tour takes visitors through a unique series of rooms each designed to illustrate some element of Freemasonry and presents visitors with artifacts from the group's past. At the end, visitors are treated to an outstanding view of Washington D.C. and Old Town Alexandria.
    North Ridge-Rosemont restaurants nearby
  • Doggie Happy Hour

    Doggie Happy Hour

    Hotel Monaco Alexandria
    Apr-Oct Tu,Th 5PM-8PM. Known as a very dog friendly community, Old Town's newly renovated Hotel Monaco continues the tradition of doggie happy hour. The event draws an interesting mix of locals and tourists who bring their dogs to socialize and have a few cocktails. The season culminates with the doggie hallowe'en contest in late October.
    Old Town food nearby
  • Vermilion


    1120 King St
    Lunch: M-F 11:30AM-3PM; brunch: Sa-Su 11AM-2:30PM; dinner: Su-Th 5:30PM-10PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-11PM. $25-45. Run by a master chef, Vermillion is often mentioned in the same breath as Eve when describing Alexandria's most prestigious cooking. It's far less expensive, though, so it's possible for the masses to treat themselves to Anthony Chittum's seasonal, local cuisine, nearly all of it prepared in-house.
    Old Town
  • Cameron Run Regional Park

    4001 Eisenhower Avenue
    Local park offering fishing, miniature golf, batting cages, and the Great Waves water slides.
    Seminary Hill restaurants nearby
  • Old Town Alexandria

    This highly walkable Old Town at the edge of the Potomac River features historic buildings, churches, museums and art galleries, a farmers market, and a variety of places to eat and shop.
    Alexandria Wrest food nearby
  • Fort Ward Museum

    4301 W Braddock Rd
    Fort Ward is the best preserved of the system of Union forts and batteries built to protect Washington, DC during the American Civil War (1861-1865). Fort Ward Museum interprets the site's history and offers exhibits on Civil War topics, education and interpretive programs, tours, lecture and video series, bus tours, and living history activities throughout the year. The Museum and Historic Site also interpret Alexandria, Virginia as an occupied city, the city's role as a vital Union Army crossroads, life within the Defenses of Washington, and the everyday life of Civil War soldiers and civilians.
    Alexandria Wrest eat nearby
  • Lee-Fendall House

    614 Oronoco Street
    Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 1PM-4PM, A few blocks north of King Street. Three houses east of the Lee-Fendall House on Oronoco Street is a state historical marker in front of the boyhood home of American Civil War General Robert E. Lee. Please respect the fact that the home itself is now a private residence.
    Braddock Road Metro restaurants nearby
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Museum

    600 Dulany Street
    Patent and Trademark Museum, 600 Dulany Street, [23]. M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa noon-5PM.
    Eisenhower East food nearby
  • Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary

    105 S
    A local museum which recreates the apothecary/pharmacy that stood at this location from the late eighteenth century through the early twentieth.
    Potomac West eat nearby
  • Old Presbyterian Meeting House

    321 S
    , just south of Duke Street, +1 703 549-6670, [19]. A memorial service for George Washington was moved from Christ Church to the Meeting House because of bad weather. In the courtyard to the west is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from American Revolution.
    North Ridge-Rosemont restaurants nearby
  • Carlyle House

    121 North Fairfax St
    Former home to a successful local merchant, the house served as the headquarters of British Maj. Gen. Braddock before his ill-fated 1755 campaign in western Pennsylvania. The house also served as the site where several colonial governors met to discuss financing of the French and Indian War, and later, the state of affairs with the Brittish Crown, leading to subsequent meetings at Annapolis, MD, and Philadelphia, PA, where the Declaration of Independence was drafted. Supposedly the only house in town that's not haunted because Carlyle had a cat entombed in a wall.
    Old Town food nearby
  • The Spite House

    523 Queen St
    2 blocks north of King Street Dating from around 1830, this private dwelling is only 7 feet wide and about 33 feet deep. It was built in an alley to prevent people using the alley without permission. Because of its diminutive size, this house has been featured on HGTV, and other similar shows and publications. Please respect the fact that the home itself is a private residence. There are several other spite houses in Old Town, but they're more difficult to spot than this bright blue house.
    Old Town eat nearby
  • Christ Church Alexandria

    118 North Washington St
    The first church in the city; George Washington, George Mason, and Robert E. Lee were members of this historic church. Although, some three to four hundred headstones disappeared during the Union occupation of the city, the churchyard has headstones dating from 1771. On 1 January 1942, President and Mrs. Franklin Roosevelt, along with Winston Churchill, attended a service at Christ Church for a National Day of Prayer in the wake of Pearl Harbor.
    Old Town restaurants nearby
  • Union Street Public House

    Union Street Public House

    121 S Union St
    M-Th 11:30AM-10:30PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11:30PM, Su 11AM-10:30PM. The Union St Pub is an Old Town institution, in no small part to its location and for the roomy (several rooms), comfy interior where you'll be able to sit even on a crowded Old Town weekend night, and where you'll find a good selection of local Virginia craft beers. The building itself is historic, dating back to when George Washington used it as a warehouse. Seafood fans should head to the left and the back towards the oyster bar.
    Old Town
  • Bastille


    1201 N Royal St
    Lunch: Tu-F 11:30AM-2PM, Sa noon-2:30PM; brunch: Su 11:30AM-2:30PM; dinner: Tu-Th 6PM-9:30PM, F-Sa 6PM-10PM, Su 5PM-8PM. Tasting menu: $55/five course, $45/four course, $35/three course; a la carte also available. Country-style French cuisine with all organic, local ingredients, served in a romantic atmosphere are good reasons to wander a little north of Old Town. The cassoulet and the pastries are some of the kitchen's particular specialties.
    Old Town North
  • Buzz Bakery & Coffee

    Buzz Bakery & Coffee

    901 Slaters Ln
    6AM-midnight daily. The best reason to come may be the long hours when you can sip and surf the free WiFi. The close second runner up, though, are the treats—the brioche breakfast sandwich (think an omelet between rich brioche bread) is the local favorite, but the panini and desserts are also worth ordering. Tired travelers who need to spend some good time online updating Wikivoyage should brave the long walk and just check in here for the full day.
  • Rustico


    827 Slater Ln
    M 4PM-10PM, Tu-Th,Su 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM. Despite billing itself as a restaurant, this is a much better place for drinks (the food is overpriced). For drinks however, you'll find an enormous list of craft beers, and a very beer-knowledgeable staff.
  • Murphy's Grand Irish Pub

    Murphy's Grand Irish Pub

    713 King St
    Su-Th 11AM-1AM, F-Sa 11AM-2AM. One of the happiest Irish pubs around, with 14 amazing beers on tap, a big fireplace, surprisingly good Irish food for the very low prices, and high-quality live Irish music every night of the week, which the crowd gets very into. Murphy's boasts an impressively tasy menu, including gourmet lunch and dinner specials. Enjoy their Champagne Brunch from 10am-3pm every Sunday.
    Old Town
  • The Majestic

    The Majestic

    911 King St
    Lunch: M-Sa 5:30PM-2:30PM; dinner: M-Th 5:30PM-10PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-10:30PM; Su 1PM-9PM. $25-45. American food done really, really well. Everything except the butter is made here, including the outstanding bacon and ham. Casual family atmosphere. The prices are comparable to other places in the area, but the quality is heads and shoulders above.
    Old Town
  • Gadsby's Tavern

    Gadsby's Tavern

    138 N Royal St
    M-Sa 11:30AM-3PM, 5:30PM-10PM, Su 11AM-3PM, 5:30PM-10PM. $26-50 (dinner). A 325 year old dining spot, and a favorite of the first five U.S. Presidents! Thomas Jefferson celebrated his 1800 election victory and George Washington celebrated several birthdays in the upstairs ballroom. The museum [1], +1 703 838-4242, is in the old 1785 portion of the tavern and has access to the historic ballroom. Tour times vary but usually end at 4PM in the winter and 5PM in the summer. The restaurant occupies the bottom floor of the relatively new 1792 section and provides an impressively historic setting with food styles influenced by the original tavern. The food is just okay, but is not really why you come here.
    Old Town
  • Afghan Restaurant

    Afghan Restaurant

    2700 Jefferson Davis Hwy
    Located in a very unassuming looking warehouse, along the endless strip malls of the Jefferson Davis Hwy, is a fantastic Afghan restaurant. The friendly waiters are happy to let you stay as long as you want, sampling mezzes and enjoying some good conversation. Aushak (scallion dumplings), kadu chalau (sauteed pumpkin with mint), and whatever that spinach appetizer is are all fantastic, while the mains (kabobs) are a little disappointing—make it a night of many mezzes.
    Potomac West
  • Wharf


    119 King St
    Lunch: M-Sa 11AM-4PM, Su-11AM-3PM; dinner: M-Th 4PM-10:30PM, F-Sa 4PM-11PM, Su 3PM-10PM. $17-40. The seafood here really isn't so noteworthy as that of its competitors above, but the beautiful, old-timey Alexandria waterfront ambiance most certainly is. And it has rich desserts to die for (or from).
    Old Town
  • Southside 815

    815 South Washington Street
    This local favorite features cuisine from the low country region of the American South, with generous portions at reasonable prices.
    Old Town
  • Hard Times Cafe

    112 S West St
    Cheap food (mainly chili), Western ambiance. Four different types of chili are offered, but those who prefer Cincinnati chili may be disappointed.
    King St Metro
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