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Historic UVA Central Grounds

Charlottesville’s academic hub

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Kimpton The Forum Hotel sits just a mile and a half from UVA's picturesque Central Grounds. Designed by Thomas Jefferson as the “architectural and academic heart of the University's community of scholars,” this is Jefferson’s original “Academical Village” intended to educate citizens and help democracy thrive. Anchored at its north end by the Rotunda, a signature architectural landmark inspired by ancient Rome's Pantheon, the Central Grounds are tailor-made for strolling, sitting, and frisbee throwing (even if you’re not a student). Extending from the Rotunda, you'll find the Lawn, flanked by a range of Pavilions. Behind them, most of the unique Gardens are open to the public. A quintessential academic landscape, the Grounds were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.