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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.

Williamsburg Customer Reviews

62 Reviews
ARMANDO SANDOVAL
Lehi, UT
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Long awaited visit."
July 2019 NEW
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
Verified Traveler
"4th of July in Williamsburg"
July 2019 NEW
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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Williamsburg Customer
Houstonia, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
"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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Willam M.
Littleton, CO
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Ghost tours"
March 2019
Wonderful experience doing both Ghosts and then witches and pirates tour. Very well done.
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Tip: Wear warm clothes if you do it and or Williamsburg in March!

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Cheryl Brendel
Sycamore, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great visit"
January 2019
We reserved our tickets ahead and had no problems. Weather was great and we got in and out of the exhibits with ease. Stop a the bakery was really good!
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Tip: Take good shoes to walk; reserve early if you want to eat at one of the inns.

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Lena Yarter
Carthage , NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Family Time Well Spent"
January 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Williamsburg! The staff was friendly and knowledgeable! What I thought might be a boring history lesson for my children was nothing but the opposite. I wish we would have had one more day as there was so much to still visit and explore. We will be making another trip back in the future!
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Tip: Pack your walking shoes

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Diane Martin
S. Chesterfield , VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Little disappointed."
January 2019
I had been as a child and had expectations of British
Soldiers practicing, cannons, and more characters in general.
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Tip: Pet friendly.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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thenicholas21
Sparta, Tennessee
"Great trip!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019 NEW
If you love history this is a must. We took our children ages 11 &8 here while on vacation and they loved it. We did pay for the passes to get into all of the trade shops and houses and it was well worth it. You get so much information it’s hard to retain it all! We got there early and spent the entire day there and scrambled to get to all of the buildings. The tours of the houses and trade shops were amazing and the guides were very friendly and informative. We loved our time in Colonial Williamsburg!
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Kevin T
Twizel, New Zealand
"Great to walk around"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2019 NEW
Its free to walk around, plenty of lovely old buildings to walk around. Was a hot day so take water if its the same.
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Tasha B
Kingsport
"Very hot!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2019 NEW
We just happened to over hear that you did not have to buy the expensive tickets to get in Colonial Williamsburg. You can buy the bus tickets for $5 a person and see everything, but you cannot go inside some of the buildings. The waitresses the restaurant were super nice and the people working there were extremely nice also. They answered any questions my 8 year old asked them. It is very HOT in July.
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MoFan1
Media, Pennsylvania
"A Living History Site That More Americans Should Visit!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2019 NEW
My wife and I are donor members of Colonial Williamsburg and yearly seasonal ticket holders; we visit at least twice per year (Christmas Illuminations) and a spring or early fall visit. This was a summer visit because we visited with a larger family group. Williamsburg is living history at its best. We recommend for both couples and families with school age children (certainly grade 3 and up). You may stroll the streets, view the gardens, eat in the restaurants, shops, etc. without purchasing a pass. A pass is required to enter the working exhibits to see journeyman and apprentices working their trades (and producing colonial period goods) in colonial garb. A pss is also required for the tours of the Governor's Mansion, the Capital, the jail and the CourtHouse. All will answer questions and engage with visitors. Various ticket packages are available specific to Colonial Williamsburg with options to add-on the Historical Triangle (including Jametown and Yorktown) and the Busch Garden attractions (Park and Water Country). 1. The history is true American history in the center (Virginia) of the 13 colonies prior to the Revolutionary War and the creation of these United States. It was the home of many of the people who shaped the founding and became early leaders of this country. History is dealt with and discussed as it was... blemishes and all. We like it because we believe it gives a real, honest look at the 'politics' of the time - trade, dealing with slavery, enumeration of persons (women, natives, slaves, free persons) / voting rights, religious freedom (or lack thereof in the Virginia colony) and how this impacted the thought leaders at the time. 2. The re-enactors at the outdoor Carlton Stage provide a living history lessons of their thinking and "politics' of the time. They interact with the audience. Stage presentations 3. We love the gardens. We have incorporated some ideas into our own gardens at home. 4. The various trade buildings (which require an admission pass to enter) are educational. Real craftmans / women at work. 5. Meals of the period and specific the the Virginia Tidewater area are offered in in several taverns. Higher priced / 5 star meals (but highly recommended) are the Kings Arms and Christianna Cambells Taverns located in the historic area. 6. If you can visit the first weekend of December, the pageantry and festivities of Colonial Williamsburg's Christmas illuminations is worth the trip!! In these crazy times and no matter your "politics' / the color of your skin / your nationality / your religion, a visit to Williamsburg is a good way to reconnect with the real history that shaped the creation of these United States. This past week we heard a Chartlon Stage presentation by Rev. Gowan Pamphlet, a black man enslaved at the Raleigh Tavern who later became a leading Baptist preacher, speak to the lack of religious freedom (excluding Baptists, Catholics, Jews, Quakers, Dunkards, Amish, etc) in the Virginia and eight other colonies.(The Church of England was the only accepted church in these colonies.) ... who cared for the dead and injured (Americans - white colonists, blacks & natives, French and British soldiers) on the Yorktown BattleField). Very enlightening. We also enjoy hearing all the actors particularly Thomas Jefferson and George Washington (young & old),
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tatercreek
"Handicap accessible "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2019 NEW
We knew going into the day that not everything was accessible, but the workers were not helpful along the way. Kudos to the couple at the wig shop. She offered to show us to the lift and he kindly let us in the back with the lift. Other areas had workers that didn’t know where the ramps/lifts were and didn’t offer to help us find them. Only a few building are accessible. I’m hoping that someone in charge will see this review and know the importance of training their workers.
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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.