Eastern Market Tours
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Housed in a 19th-century brick building, Eastern Market hosts a busy farmers' market and flea market. On weekends, artisans and antique dealers also station themselves just outside. It’s all located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, too, which makes it an easy spot to visit while exploring the many nearby monuments, memorials and parks.
Eastern Market is now on the National Register of Historic Places. With the exception of a two-year renovation project due to a devastating fire in 2007, the market has been in constant operation since 1873. In fact, it was the first city-owned market aimed to help urbanize Washington and is now the lone surviving one as well. Grocery store chains nearly forced Eastern Market to board its windows, but local residents fought to keep the market open.
Although it would be easy to look at the 2007-2009 closure as an overall loss, several benefits did come from restoring the building after the fire. Key features – like the historic skylights – were fully restored after being hidden for decades, and, in recent years, the market has undergone a renaissance and business is booming. On weekends, Seventh Street is closed to create a pedestrian plaza, and there are even tentative plans to expand and link Barrack Row to create a community-gathering hub.
Eastern Market is located just a few blocks east of Capital Buildings and the National Mall. Both the B and O line metros stop at the Eastern Market Station.
Address: 225 Seventh Street, SE, Washington, D.C., USA
Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
3 Tours and Activities to Experience Eastern Market
Get an insider take on DC politics, history, and landmarks on a 2-hour walking tour of the Capitol Hill neighborhood that concludes in a beloved local pub or cafe. You’ll see the US Capitol Building, the Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress while chatting about current American politics and policy along the way. This 2-hour Capitol Hill walking tour is limited to 12 people for a personalized experience and offers an up-to-date immersion in America’s historic capital city.
Taking safety measures
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
The Capitol Hill is the summit of American Democracy-literally and figuratively. The Capitol was built on Jenkins Hill, the highest elevation on the National Mall. The U.S. Capitol Building, the majestic symbol of modern democracy is our starting point. After a tour of the Capitol, we will visit the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress with its amazing testimony to “Life Long Learning”. Next stop, the U.S. Supreme Court for a picture stop and contemplation of ‘Equal Justice Under Law.’ Behind these monumental buildings is the lively, historic Capitol Hill neighborhood. We will explore the beautiful architecture, parks, and the engaging stories of life ‘on the Hill.’ The tour ends at the historic Eastern Market where old and new come together in a truly Washingtonian vibe. Enjoy the variety of foods and melding of cultures in this colorful historical public market. Lets embrace life and have an unforgettable moment in our Nation's Capitol. ComeSmileWithUs!
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Eastern Market hours of operation?
Eastern Market hours of operation: Tuesday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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