directions & parking

A visit to central Virginia is not complete without a trip to Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown. The heart of this district is the Downtown pedestrian mall, a dynamic place where history is intertwined with a thriving city center.

The mall features over 8 city blocks filled with locally owned specialty retail shops. Hungry visitors will find the Mall the place to dine with over 50 restaurants, many with al fresco (outdoor) dining on Main and Water Street. Lastly, this vibrant district is replete with live theater, music and cinema.

Directions to Parking on Water Street

From Monticello:
Follow VA 53 West 1.7 miles to intersection of VA 20. Turn right, follow VA 20 1/2 miles to the entrance ramp of I-64 West towards Staunton. Follow I-64 2.2 miles to Exit 120/5th Street. Turn right, and follow 5th Street 2.1 miles, to the 5th traffic light. At the 5th light, turn right onto Water Street. Three blocks ahead, at the first light on Water Street, is parking for Downtown.

From Airport/D.C./Northern Virginia:
Follow U.S. 29 South for 5.2 miles. Merge into the center lane marked U.S. 250 East ONLY. Go under the underpass and turn right onto the ramp to U.S. 250 East. Follow U.S. 250 East to the 3rd light, 1.9 miles. Turn right onto McIntire Road (you can only turn right onto McIntire Road). Stay on McIntire Road, go 1.1 miles to the 3rd light. At the 3rd light on McIntire Road, turn left onto Water Street. Three blocks ahead, at the first light on Water Street, is parking for Downtown.

From the University of Virginia:
Continue East on West Main Street. (Parking is 1.4 miles from the Rotunda at UVA). At the 7th light, stay in the right lane. Water Street is the center street. Three blocks ahead, at the first light on Water Street, is parking for Downtown.

From Richmond/U.S. 250 East:
Follow U.S. 250 until you reach the traffic light at McIntire Road. You can only turn left onto McIntire from U.S. 250. Once you make the left, follow McIntire Road 1.1 miles, turn left onto Water Street. Three blocks ahead, at the first light on Water Street, is parking for Downtown.

From points West/U.S. 250 West:
Stay on U.S. 250 West to the traffic light at McIntire Road. Turn right onto McIntire Road. (You can only turn right onto McIntire Road). Go 1.1 miles to the 3rd traffic light. Turn left at the light onto Water Street. Three blocks ahead, at the first light on Water Street, is parking for Downtown

Parking spaces in the Water Street Parking Garage are guaranteed. Have your ticket validated at participating businesses. Click HERE to view list.

There is free 2 hour parking along Water Street, Market Street, and East Jefferson street.