Affectionately referred to by locals as the "Center of the Universe", Ashland is 15 miles north of Richmond and less than two hours from Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, Charlottesville, and Norfolk.
A small town with a big personality, railroad tracks run the length of Ashland's historic main street, which is lined with shops, restaurants, a historic inn, a brewery, and the campus of Randolph-Macon College. The historic Ashland Theatre -- an art deco gem that was fully restored and reopened in 2018 -- features the finest in film, live music, and performance.
Nestled among the rolling rural farmlands of Hanover County, Ashland is also a popular destination for bicyclists and motorcyclists as a midway rest point on day rides out from the City of Richmond and surrounding counties. Check out some of our suggested routes.
Just beyond downtown, modern conveniences draw in weary travelers from Interstate 95 thanks to a variety of dining, fueling, and lodging options well suited for families and business travelers alike.
Whether you're making a quick stopover or spending the day or weekend exploring downtown, Ashland blends history and quirky small-town charm with efficiency and modern convenience.
For a truly “Ashland” arrival, Amtrak serves Ashland’s historic train station, located in the heart of downtown, several times a day. If arriving by car, Ashland is conveniently located along the I-95 corridor, and within a few miles of I-295 and I-64, and is also accessible by air via Richmond International Airport (RIC), approximately 30 miles away.