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Gadsby's Tavern and Gadsby's Tavern Museum

Old Town Alexandria's Landmark Restaurant


Gadsby's Tavern and Gadsby's Tavern Museum
Photo © Erik Kvalsvik/City of Alexandria
Gadsby's Tavern in Old Town Alexandria is an Early American-style restaurant and a museum of 18th-century antiques. The buildings are noted for exquisite Georgian architecture, preserved and restored to a colonial appearance. Gadsby's Tavern was named after Englishman John Gadsby, who operated the tavern from 1796 until 1808, when it was the center of Alexandria's economic, political, & social life. George and Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams had temporary quarters here during the 18th century.

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138 N. Royal Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 746-4242
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Tours begin at a quarter after the hour and a quarter before the hour, lasting approximately 30 minutes.

Tour Hours
November to March: Wednesday to Saturday: 11 a. m. to 4 p. m., Sunday: 1 to 4 p. m. April to October: Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a. m. to 5 p. m., Sunday and Monday: 1 to 5 p. m. Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Museum Admission
Adults: $4.00, Children (Ages: 11-17): $2.00, Children under Age 11 are free with a paying adult.

Dining at Gadsby's Tavern
Enjoy lunch, dinner or brunch in one of three elegant 18th century dining rooms. Semi-private or private dining rooms, a courtyard and a 100-seat ballroom are available at Gadsby’s Tavern for corporate functions and special occasions.

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Gadsby’s Tavern hosts special events throughout the year to remind us of colonial times. Among these celebrations are candlelight tours, children’s days, Civil War balls, dance classes, teas with Martha Washington and the annual George Washington Birthnight Banquet and Ball. Buy tickets for special events

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