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

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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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Johanne Savoie
CA
1 Review
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"I discovered the history of your country"
September 2019 NEW
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 NEW
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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Aaron Bliley
Beaufort, SC
2 Reviews
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"Learning experience"
July 2019
This visit was a learning experience, and not about Colonial living. Wednesday is definitely NOT the day to visit as many things are closed down. Also, the evening is when most events/displays occur, so avoid the heat of the day and go later. Was great to see it again after 20+ years and great to talk with the tradespeople.
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Tip: Check out the gardens and the blacksmith for sure

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ARMANDO SANDOVAL
Lehi, UT
1 Review
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"Long awaited visit."
July 2019
We really enjoyed our trip to Colonial Williamsburg VA. The performers were amazing, the tour guides were very knowledgeable, kind and polite. Even our "video gamers kids" loved the whole experience. I would much recommend fall or spring, we went on July and it was extremely hot to walk around. Inside the buildings it very comfortable with air conditioning. luckily we saved some cash buying tickets with tipster.com, that later we used getting some ice-cream in the park.
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Tip: activate your tickets at visiting center, it's ok to bring frozen bottle water and some food in back pack, use time wisely by scheduling the event you like to see first. prepare to walk.

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Diane Meraglia
Staten Island, NY
1 Review
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"4th of July in Williamsburg"
July 2019
Bought tickets online and thought it would get us off the line to buy tickets but it did not, still had to wait which doesnt make sense. Also I quess because of the holiday cafe was out of food and wait for restaurants were over an hour long. I would go back because it is a wonderful place to visit and so much history but not on that holiday or the summer months again.
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Tip: go early and bring water if you are going in the summer. Make sure to visist the capital building the tour guides were extremely knowledgeable

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Houstonia, MO
1 Review
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"Williamsburg Tickets"
June 2019
Purchasing tickets ahead was a plus. We got a small discount and the agent at Williamsburg did not treat us any different than if we had purchased our admission at their location
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Tip: Plan to do a lot of walking and don't hurry.

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Bernadette Del Bene
White plains, NY
1 Review
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"Williamsburg tickets"
May 2019
Obtaining tickets for Williamsburg was fast and discounted
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Tip: Go online and get your tickets from tripster

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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laclegg
"Disappointed "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2019 NEW
Bases on other reviews I expected a busy place with lots of activities ... there were a lot of closed buildings. The buildings that were open had very knowledgeable guides. I just felt the pace was too slow and available activities too few for the cost.
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QuintinReitzel
"Historical"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2019 NEW
Excellent Excellent Excellent. Very well run. To much to see in one day. Very good program for Veterans to get a one year pass. Shops are nice and the different things to see with people that are very informative on their trades of the colonial era. We will be back throughout the year.
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Rob W
Brodhead, Wisconsin
"Our third trip!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2019 NEW
We enjoy this area and it’s history very much. Each time we return, things are the same but different. Either something has been added or we missed it before. The shops and artisans are interesting and are willing to explain their craftsmanship. We enjoy walking Duke of Glouchester Street. The Governors Mansion and Court House tours are a must see. Carriage rides are also something to consider. We would also suggest one of the evening tours, to get more insight into the life and times of colonial Williamsburg
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Noel S
"An amazing day of living history"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2019 NEW
Thank you Colonial Williamsburg for offering homeschoolers a discount and a chance to dive into history during the less busy season! My kids are so excited about building on what we learned about here. They already had the love of history, but this place deepened it. We all had a wonderful time and touring the governor's palace was a highlight. I highly recommend homeschool days to my fellow homeschool families!
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amysmom50
Whiting Indiana
"Home school week"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2019 NEW
Enjoyed our visit but really needed a guide. Weather was hot. We took several optional activities that required a fee but fee was nominal and really added to the visit. We also took a weaving class which was excellent although a little pricey. The second grader loved the colonial school experience and playing colonial games.
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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.