Colonial Williamsburg Tickets in Williamsburg, VA

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation101 Visitors Center Dr.Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia

Overview

With a variety of one-of-a-kind attractions themed around 18th-century living, Colonial Williamsburg features unique wartime experiences, historic taverns, theatrical experiences and one-on-one interactions with colonial-dressed townspeople. This “Revolutionary City” also features contemporary attractions like art museums, a superior golf club, an award-winning spa, deluxe hotels, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Williamsburg Travel Experts
  • Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • Evening programs generally begin at 7pm
  • Free Parking at the Regional Visitor Center
  • Duke of Gloucester Street is about 1 mile, wear comfortable shoes

Description

from Colonial Williamsburg
Experience life as it was in our nation's yesterdays. Explore the homes and buildings where men like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Patrick Henry inspired the fight for independence.

Scores of original buildings, hundreds of homes, shops, and public buildings are reconstructed over 301 acres - most on their original foundations. Rare animal breeds, trades, and gardens add layers of authenticity to the recreated town.

Find yourself fully in the nation's yesterdays as you dance with an 18th-century instructor, walk with curators and gardeners, take part in a witch trial, or march with the Fifes and Drums. Find these programs and many more offered daily in Colonial Williamsburg's Revolutionary City.

The distinctive collections of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum are now under one roof. Linger over singular examples of American and British antiques from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, then explore bold and imaginative pieces of colonial and contemporary folk art.

The Revolutionary City of Colonial Williamsburg stretches over 301 acres and includes 88 original 18th-century structures. Hundreds of houses, shops and public outbuildings are reconstructed on their original foundations. Some buildings are open to the public, while others are private residences and administrative offices. A flag at a building's entrance indicates that the site is open.

When the sun sets, Colonial Williamsburg's live entertainment continues. Whether you are interested in taking a walking ghost tour or watching an 18th Century play, you are sure to find a program that will entertain and inspire you.

Tripster Customer Reviews

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Tripster Customer
Virginia Beach, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"First time back since 5th grade"
November 2019 NEW
I haven’t been back to Colonial Williamsburg since 5th grade and I’m 25 now. I was so happy that everything was just as I remembered and the best part was the hot apple cider! I kept telling my boyfriend the story of how much I loved the cider there and I was determined to find the shop and get some. We saw the bakery sign and I immediately smelt the wonderful smell of apple cider. It brought back so many memories and I couldn’t stop smiling!
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Tip: Have a map with you and take lots of pictures!

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Nancy Maniago
Eugene , OR
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Living History"
November 2019 NEW
We arrived in Williamsburg area after a family reunion in Roanoke. Our plan was to spend a day there, moving on to Jamestown and Yorktown before heading to Washington, DC. Arriving at our motel, I researched how to purchase tickets and found you site online. It was the only program offering any kind of discount, since we were 3 seniors traveling together, we purchased your package with a $5 discount. Arriving at the Visitor's Center, we stood in line with others purchasing tickets for about 15 minutes (there was a Halloween Trick or Treat event happening that day and parents were there to purchase tickets for that). Getting our tickets from the agent was easy, all we had to do was show the voucher, and she knew how to access them. We were ticketed quickly and were on our way. The day was long and chock full of history, tours, incredible views and skilled craftsman. We saw and toured all we could, having lunch at one of the taverns. We enjoyed Williamsburg, especially the benches and places to stop and rest along the way.
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Tip: Wear comfortable shoes, carry your own snacks (to save $), dress in layers.

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Marsha Chitwood
Rocky Mount, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Colonial Williamsburg"
November 2019 NEW
Great time with our family. So much to see and do. Lots of tours provided at the different locations and the interpreters were great in explaining how things were during colonial times and interested in questions ask.
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Tip: We purchased tickets for one day because we were going to Jamestown the next day. You really need two days in Williamsburg to see all.

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Jennifer Robison
La Grange, IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Very fun time in Colonial Williamsburg!"
October 2019 NEW
The day before we were heading to Colonial Williamsburg, I decided to do some research. I quickly found reviews that said that you absolutely needed to research ahead of time and also compared it to Disney for history buffs. I found neither to be true. It’s nice to be somewhat familiar with what there is to do there, but if you just show up and follow a map and the daily schedule, you will be fine. Almost all of the reviews also said you need at least two days to do Colonial Williamsburg. We were there for just one day and found that to be plenty of time. We did pretty much everything we wanted to do.

Finally, I also read a number of reviews that said you didn’t need to buy tickets. You could just walk around for free. This is true. However, you cannot go into any of the fun, interesting, historical buildings without a ticket. And those places plus the interpreters are what Colonial Williamsburg is all about. I was so happy to get discounted tickets from tripster! I was nervous because I didn't have anywhere I could print the tickets, but it was very easy to just show my email. Tripster is definitely the way to go to get Colonial Williamsburg tickets and again, you really need tickets to get the full experience.

I had four children with me, ages 8 to 14. Their favorite stops were the Order in the Court event, a tour of the Governor’s Palace and visiting the various shops along the street, with the visit to the blacksmith the very favorite of those.

Two of my children are not shy at all and are full of questions. They asked many, many questions of the interpreters and the tradespeople. This really enhanced our visit. Although my teen was at times devastated by his siblings’ curiosity, the people around us were very appreciative of all the questions.

We did a lot during our trip to Virginia, but the trip to Colonial Williamsburg was all of my children’s favorite thing that we did.
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Ina Marose
tucson, AZ
1 Review
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"Great Experience"
September 2019
Easy way to get tickets for Williamsburg at a great price!
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Tip: Check for specials before buying

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Johanne Savoie
CA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"I discovered the history of your country"
September 2019
I really enjoyed my experience. As a canadian, I learned a lot about the history of your country. Buying tickets with Tripster is easy and made us save money.
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Tip: Bring water on a hot day and expect to walk a lot.

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Robin Jinchereau
CA
1 Review
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"Great historical venue"
September 2019
We spent three days exploring historic Colonial Williamsburg, it gave us really interesting insights into life in the early period of the United States and how the war of independence came about.
The rebuilt city is fascinating to visit, we especially enjoyed talking to the trade smiths as they explained how things were done in the early 18 th century.
You need to wear comfortable shoes as there is quite a bit of walking to be done here. Also bring water to stay hydrated.
All in all a very important period in the USA history and a good way to learn about it!
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Tip: Do some reading in advance of your trip. This is more of an adult venue, but could be interesting to children interested in learning about history.

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ana reismann
aventura, FL
1 Review
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"in the right mood"
August 2019
right place in just the right atmosfere forwho is looking to learn history
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Tip: colonial williamsburg 5 blocks away

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rebeccapH5691LU
Columbia, Tennessee
"Third time-love it"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2019 NEW
This is my third time to CW, and I just can’t get enough of it. Our kids love it too. Worth the 10 hour drive. DO NOT make the mistake of thinking you can do this in one day. There is so much to see, learn, and do. Plus, different activities daily.
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cryoung2
Charleston, West Virginia
"Excellent attraction"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2019 NEW
Great place to visit and purchase tickets. Welcoming attendants and attractive surroundings. Definitely recommend buying your tickets here.
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EdandRuth
Warren PA
"Always educational and entertaining"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2019 NEW
Not much time this trip, but we enjoyed the presentation by Patrick Henry. The interpreters are amazing in their knowledge of the people and events. As my husband is a veteran, we got in free and we’re told about discount rates for an annual membership. Will definitely take advantage of that next time we come. This is a place we want to revisit a lot in the future.
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William T
Culpeper
"Thanks Home Depot!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2019 NEW
We were here during Veteran's Day weekend and received free admission as a veteran and my "dependent" wife. This is offered as a result of a gift from Home Depot. Another great plus for veterans is the Liberty Lounge. A free cup of coffee or hot chocolate, a nice chair to sit in, and a rest room along with a nice visit with the volunteer host or other vets. We stopped in to the bakery behind Raleigh Tavern for our annual "cookie fix". As always so many places of interest and learning something we missed on previous visits.
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Marsha F
Akron, Ohio
"educational"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2019 NEW
The village is authentic with many knowledgeable guides to explain the history. We especially enjoyed the Govenor's Palace and the courthouse.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Colonial Williamsburg

What is Colonial Williamsburg?
The largest living history museum in the United States, Colonial Williamsburg is a private not-for-profit foundation that operates the restored 18th-century capital of colonial Virginia and the adjacent all-encompassing resort.

When can I visit?
Colonial Williamsburg is open 365 days a year.

What should I make plans to see at Colonial Williamsburg?
When you arrive, start your visit at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center to pick up a free copy of “Colonial Williamsburg This Week.” This weekly program guide will show you which buildings are open and which programs offered during your visit along with a map and helpful tips.

Which buildings of Colonial Williamsburg can I enter?
Buildings with flags at their entrances are open to ticket holders. Not all colonial buildings are open to the public; some are privately occupied by employees of Colonial Williamsburg and their families, and some hold administrative offices.

How long does it take to tour the Revolutionary City?
Colonial Williamsburg offers its guests a variety of opportunities to relive the Revolutionary War period. Depending on your interests or focus, visits vary in length and activities. Guests can get a small sample of the Revolutionary City in about half a day, but plan to stay at least two or three days to enjoy the full experience. Colonial Williamsburg is filled with exciting historic sites, informative programs that are constantly changing and expanding, and family-friendly fun.

What happens during bad weather?
Some outdoor programs are presented only when weather permits. Building tours continue during inclement weather, and the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are open daily.

What can we do in the evening?
Evening programs include tours, plays, dances, concerts, and reenactments. Evening meals in colonial taverns are complete with strolling musicians and 18th-century fare. From romantic to kid-friendly, there’s something to do every night of your stay.

Are costumed people in character?
All costumed interpreters will be acting as residents of the Revolutionary City and will portray the period leading up to or during the Revolutionary War. Many guests enjoy dressing in 18th-century costume, and you may encounter them during your stay.

Where can I park? Is there a bus system?
Automobiles are not permitted in the Revolutionary City, but shuttle-bus service is provided. Shuttles travel between the Visitor Center and the Revolutionary City and circle the town from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Designated stops are indicated on the map in your “This Week” available at the Visitor Center. Shuttles with wheelchair lifts are available. Shuttle service is free to all ticket and pass holders.

Are there places to eat at Colonial Williamsburg? 
From historic taverns to modern sandwich shops and bistros, the Revolutionary City, Colonial Williamsburg Resort, and Merchants Square have plenty of choices to please all tastes. Restrooms are available, and cool drinks can be purchased throughout town.

Are there places to shop?
The Colonial Williamsburg Resort and the Revolutionary City are complemented by convenient and unique shopping options. From luxe home accessories to authentic reproduction 18th-century flatware and furniture—you’ll find the perfect gift, souvenir, or accent for your home.

Is Colonial Williamsburg handicap accessible?
A limited number of folding wheelchairs are rented on a first-come, first-served basis from the Visitor Center. Ramps and wheelchair lifts are available at selected sites, but many buildings require a few steps.