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City Hall Observation Deck

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Address: 901 E Byrd St, Richmond, VA 23219-4052
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Great views!

I'm so glad we did this. It's completely free and just a short elevator ride up to the top of city hall. It's got especially great views of Capitol Park.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 February 2017
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

I'm so glad we did this. It's completely free and just a short elevator ride up to the top of city hall. It's got especially great views of Capitol Park.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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130 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

This observation deck located on the 18th floor of City Hall gives you a great view of Richmond and the James River. Unfortunately, all of the deck windows had a layer of dirt on the inside and out that significantly obstructed the view. The observation deck is also in need of some repair. Roof leaks were evident by the numbers... More 

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Bristol, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 600 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Great views of the city from the 18th floor of City Hall. For visitors to the city, a map on each side would be a great asset - otherwise you have no idea what you are looking at. Except, of course, the Capitol. We even asked some employees to identify one of the buildings (a circular rusty red roof) but... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

The observation deck at the top of city hall is a must see with panoramic views of RVA. Simply enter city hall from any entrance, go the the elevator, and press the button for OD. One of the top free attractions in RVA. I lived here for almost 40 years before I knew about this and now visit any time... More 

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Reigate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

We decided to visit this due to the heat outside, it was rather clammy but not as hot as outside. The view is brilliant, and you can walk around the whole floor so can see 360 degrees. This is great for all ages, there are a few tables so you could eat lunch or have a snack here. We had... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

I'll keep this simple- it's easy to find, it's free, and it offers spectacular views of downtown Richmond including the state capitol. The air conditioning is definitely on the weak side, so you may not want to spend more than 10 minutes up there on a skull meltingly hot day but that's all the time you really need. Well worth... More 

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Woodstock, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Free admission to view the city. Enjoyed the view of the square and especially of old city hall. A must do.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

I have lived in the Richmond area for 25 years and have never experienced this amazing view. I loved seeing some of my favorite sites from 'up above'. However, if I was from out of town I would have no idea what I was seeing. A very simple map on each side of the observation deck would make it 5... More 

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Waycross, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

This is well worth at least a quick stop. We went up and enjoyed the magnificent views so much we opted to eat lunch here. My children really enjoyed sitting and talking while looking over the city.

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

The 360° views of the city and surround counties. Accessible by elevator in the city hall building. Only turn off was the cigarette smoke - this is where all of the smoking employees congregate.

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