Visit One of america’s best main streets
Named both one of the 20 Most Beautiful Main Streets in America by Reader’s Digest and one of the 25 Best Small Town Main Streets in America You Need to Visit ASAP by Oprah Daily, Staunton is the perfect escape. Surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Downtown Staunton is packed with boutique shopping, local award-winning restaurants, and extraordinary hotels—park you car and leave it all weekend!
professional Repertory Theater
The American Shakespeare Center performs classics titles, modern shows, and world-premieres in the Blackfriars Playhouse—the world’s only recreation of Shakespeare’s indoor theater. This incredible backdrop is the home of our professional company of actors from all across America. One of the hallmarks of ASC’s work, many of our shows run in “rep”—meaning you can see the same professional cast in multiple shows, all in one weekend! Explore our Calendar to plan your visit!
With multiple places to stay downtown, the action is just steps away from your door. Check out our lodging partners for special deals and rates for ticket holders!
|Blackburn Inn and Conference Center
Book a discounted ASC rate when you stay at Blackburn and see a show at ASC!
|Hotel 24 South
Mention the ASC discount when booking your room reservation (540-885-4848) or visit us online and use the promo code ASC4ME. This discount is for overnight accommodations only. Tickets are purchased through ASC.
Visiting during the week? Starting May 27 through the end of August take 20% off your stay on weekdays. Call (540) 885-4220 and ask for the “Shakespeare Summer Special”.
Staunton boasts a bustling culinary scene—and multiple wineries, breweries, and cideries. Explore our Dining Guide!
Besides restaurants and hotels, Downtown Staunton is full of local shops featuring antiques, home decor, handmade jewelry, and fair-trade gifts. Woodrow Wilson’s Presidential Library is just one block from the Blackfriars Playhouse, offering tours of the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson alongside their museum exhibits.
A Short Drive
Access to Skyline Drive, a 105 miles road along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park, is just a short drive from Downtown Staunton and boasts beautiful scenic outlooks and hikes year-round. The Frontier Culture Museum is just down the road, offering glimpses into the lives of early inhabitants of the Shenandoah Valley complete with original homes brought from around the world and living history interpreters.