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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Bernadette Del Bene
White plains, NY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Williamsburg tickets"
May 2019 NEW
Obtaining tickets for Williamsburg was fast and discounted
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Willam M.
Littleton, CO
2 Reviews
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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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Donna M.
West Jordan, UT
1 Review
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"We love it there"
January 2019
We have been to Williamsburg many times but never in the winter. It was worth the trip. We had a great time and the decorations were just great. And, the crowds were not as terrible as in the summer!
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Tip: Wear comfortable shoes!

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Amy Farrell
Greenwood, DE
3 Reviews
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"Vacation"
January 2019
We absolutely love going to Colonial Williamsburg. The atmosphere, people, and the town is awesome.
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Tip: This is a great place to learn about history. There are alot of great things to explore in Colonial Williamsburg

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Danielle A.
Marlton, NJ
1 Review
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"Wonderful Family Experience"
December 2018
I cannot say enough about our experience in Colonial Williamsburg! We travelled with 2 children, ages 9 and 11. I worried that the historical nature and lack of modern entertainment would bore my kids after about 4-5 hours. Nothing could be further from the truth. We could have easily spent 2 days there! The staff and characters are so engaging, knowledgeable, and approachable that it was hard for us to want to return fully to life in the current year. In the end, I had to pry my kids (& myself) away and apologize for not having more time at the end of the day.
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Tip: You need more time than you think & prepare for the heat and/or rain

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marya228
Morganton, North Carolina
"Better than expected. "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2019 NEW
We extended our stay as there was so much to do. The Nation Builder talks were really impressive. The witch and patriot trials (extra ticket required, evening activity) interesting and only an hour. Weaving activity (extra activity/ticket required) well worth the time / cost!
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Jilly G
Williamsburg, Virginia
"Put your walking shoes on!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2019 NEW
Started at the Visitors' Centre, to get our tickets and were helped by an extremely pleasant and patient young lady! My friends spent the day walking around and had a wonderful time watching the colonial artisans; dipping in and out of shops and eateries. If you just want to go for a lovely walk, especially, early on a sunny morning, this is the place. Ice-creams are pricey on the main street but Ben & Jerry's is hidden behind Merchants Square, along with other interesting and unique eateries and bars. Be prepared to sleep well, as there is a lot of walking involved.
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aleenap2019
"great place!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2019 NEW
Great historic place! They tell you precise stories of what happened when and are even dressed for the role :) Do buy the ticket to go inside the buildings though!
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Sheree S
"Fun Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 22, 2019 NEW
Every history buff will love it here ! The people dressed in costume were both knowledgeable and friendly . Loved hearing Thomas Jefferson speak and visit the court in action . Ate a sandwich and baked goods from the Bakery that were really good . Try the root beer ! And ride the bus back to the visitors center- lots of walking .
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RedRunner71
Cincinnati, Ohio
"So Amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2019 NEW
Our first time here, and we had a blast. My recommendation is to call them direct to get the best understanding of the activities available. I was a bit confused about how the ticketing worked there, and decided to go to the source. Best decision ever, and we can't wait to return!!
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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.