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Gadsby's Tavern Museum

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Address: 134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
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+1 703-746-4242
10:00 - 17:00
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Discover Alexandria’s five-star hotel of the 18th century! Gadsby’s Tavern...

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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Great Historic site

Just visited this afternoon and had a very informative guided tour. So much history throughout the entire tavern. The only thing missing was a tasty draft beer to quench our... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Crescent City
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Just visited this afternoon and had a very informative guided tour. So much history throughout the entire tavern. The only thing missing was a tasty draft beer to quench our thirst of the late afternoon heat here in Alexandria. The men's-only establishment was a favorite of Washington, Adams, Jefferson and others. Not sure about communal beds upstairs, but that was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Got an hour to kill? Go back in time to where the colonial luminaries dined and danced - George and Martha, TJ, Lafayette, etc. Quaint, picturesque, and some fun folklore attached to the place. Costumed guides, some of them just children, brought history to life during Presidents' Day weekend by playing the harp, handing out historic recipes, and spinning yarns... More 

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Caledonia, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I got into town for a week's worth of work on a Sunday. Wanted to find something nice, but not too touristy, and with food. This was PERFECT!! The server's are wearing period outfits, the food was great. The hiring is beautiful, and when I was done eating g, I went next door and was able to take a tour... More 

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Annapolis, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I were spending a couple of days in Alexandria and ended up doing the tour of Gadsby's Tavern. It was fascinating because the place has so much history dating back to the founding fathers. We learned what people ate in those days when they dined at the tavern. We visited the ballroom and saw the different types... More 

Thank Irmeli K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our guide was Kathy Ryan. She was very knowledgeable and provided many insights on how hospitality (restaurants and lodging) changed and progressed from the late 1700's to today. As a AAA member the entry fee was only $4. I recommend when you are in Alexandria, VA.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting tour of a tavern where Thomas Jefferson spent the night. The tour guide paints a picture of what it was like traveling in the 1700's and you see the difference between how the wealthy and common people lived. Well worth the visit.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful restored building. Wonderful docent explained the importance of tavern life during Colonial times and how a tavern worked - who frequented them, what they ate, where they slept. Our tour also focused on the Presidential Inauguration balls held at the Tavern - very interesting!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great food and the atmosphere fits right in with Old Town Alexandria. Every time we come to D.C. This is a must to eat at. Nice range of entrees and appetizers. Make a reservation because the place is usually packed.

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Montpelier, Vermont
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

We enjoyed that this place was peaceful in comparison to the hopping joints nearby. It has a very old-fashioned vibe, complete with wait staff in period garb. The food was tasty and plentiful, the room was lovely, and we enjoyed the experience.

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This eclectic place is something else. The servers dress in period costume to include the way they talk. You would think you walked into the 1700s. Full menu and you can even get an Ale if you wish. The server even gives history lessons, at least ours did.

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