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

Reserve Williamsburg Customer Reviews

5 Reviews
Kurt Kleinau
Staten Island, NY
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Well preserved and presented colonial experience"
August, 2016
The buildings, the attention to detail, the ongoing daily activities, the audience participation, the employees, the general atmosphere... All so inviting, all so maticulous to detail... We enjoyed Chownings Tavern. The food was good. The actors and adlib entertainment was so much fun. Would recommend to friends and family.. A truly enjoyable day. Money well spent. Good memories had by all.
Tip: Governors Palace, Court House, reenactments

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Kurt Kleinau
Staten Island, NY
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Well preserved and presented colonial experience"
August, 2016
The buildings, the attention to detail, the ongoing daily activities, the audience participation, the employees, the general atmosphere... All so inviting, all so maticulous to detail... We enjoyed Chownings Tavern. The food was good. The actors and adlib entertainment was so much fun. Would recommend to friends and family.. A truly enjoyable day. Money well spent. Good memories had by all.
Tip: Governors Palace, Court House, reenactments

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Carol Parent
Rockville, MD
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"A Family Vacation for Three Generations"
July, 2016
We spent a few days in VA with our children and their spouses and children. There were twelve of us in all and Williamsburg was a highlight of our trip. From the oldest *(68) to the youngest (5), we found an activity, a hands on experience, or some new information that excited us all. And we appreciated the shuttle back to the parking lot when our long day of walking ended! It's not always easy to find a place to visit that pleases everyone but Williamsburg did it with flying colors!
Tip: Buy your tickets ahead if you can and bring some rain ponchos just in case

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Reserve Williamsburg Customer
Canal Winchester, OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"A Day at Colonial Williamsburg"
April, 2015
We spent a day at Williamsburg with our 9 year old grandson who is a history aficionado. The day flew by providing a lot of hands on experiences. Our grandson particularly enjoyed the courtroom scenario, as well as the Revolution in the Streets. The homemade cookies and hot chocolate at the apothecary shortly after our arrival really hit the spot and warmed the heart, as well as the body. All of the "residents" and artisans of the Village were friendly, informative and very helpful. We were especially impressed by the activity for the kids, where they could read clues and then find objects specific to locations we visited. The highlight of the day for our grandson was his participation in the review of the troops. He enjoyed marching to the fife and drums while carrying his souvenir musket. All in all, it was one of the best days we have had with him in a long time. Thanks for the memories.
Tip: Plan to eat early or late, as the eateries in the park are difficult to get into around lunch time. We had to pick up food at the bakery and eat outside in the courtyard. The food was good, though very expensive, and there was plenty of seating in the yard, but it was a cool and windy day, so not as enjoyable as a warm sunny day would have been.

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Vivian Sawyer
York, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Colonial Williambsurg at Christmas"
January, 2015
Been to Williamsburg numerous times but never on Christmas Day before. Very festive atmosphere and all of the natural decorations were very beautiful!
Tip: If you are expecting to eat at one of the taverns for Christmas Dinner, you MUST make your reservations well in advance (i would recommend at LEAST a week ahead).

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Leesburg, Virginia
"Great visit if you take advantage of what they have to offer"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 29, 2017 NEW
There is a lot to see at Colonial Williamsburg which goes beyond just looking at the houses and businesses on display. So plan accordingly as it will take more than 1-2 days to take it all in. Last time we were there there was the ability to upgrade a daily ticket to annual and we wound up taking advantage of it after seeing all that we could not comfortably get to in one day. When buying admission, go for the annual pass. It is not much more than a 2 day ticket and lets you visit as often as you want for a year. During our visit we actually were using the pass every day we were there. We had visited before and had already seen the outlying sites related to the revolution so we could concentrate on Williamsburg. But I do not think that all the current things were available then. However, last time we were there there was the ability to upgrade a daily ticket to annual and we wound up taking advantage of it after seeing all that we could not comfortably get to in one day. Even if you do not go into the historic area each day, it is still a great bargain. Besides the buildings there are two performances a day (with varying topics) and behind the scenes events which require a reservation and are available only to annual ticket holders or those staying in Colonial Williamsburg official hotels. The behind the scenes events included a visit about conservation of artifacts, usage of artifacts found to determine the lifestyle at the time (based for us on the newly restored coffee shop), discussion about the fife and drum corps and attendance at a daily rehearsal. The presentations on the two stages (one by the Governors Palace and one behind the coffee shop – 2 shows daily) touched on many topics of colonial life and some covered the relations between the enslaved community and the free community. This covered topics such as religious repression, midwifery, the attempt of two to get married and escape slavery, some discussions by Thomas Jefferson portrayers (including one with both the old Jefferson and now the younger version having a discourse on the stage). In a few the presentation ended with the portrayers stepping out of character to discuss issues and after all they were available to individual discussions. We found that most had done significant research on the period they were portraying and thus were quite informative. You can get a weekly event guide if you ask. While these special events were not as obvious on the weekly schedule as on the daily, you need to plan ahead as many of the ticketed events are not available for the same day but they are repeated so you can get to all you want if you use this and plan ahead. We actually stayed within walking distance of the historic area so were able to walk there in the morning and back after the exhibits closed. We also could walk back for lunch as we had a full kitchen where we stayed. We visited early in the year and the day we first entered the historic area was the start of their spring season for events. It was also early in the spring break season so the park was not overloaded with large groups. However, some buildings still were not open every day. We also stumbled on some plowing of a field and got a good description of what was involved. This was in the town and occurs only twice a year so we were lucky. We went back to the cabinet maker and saw the flags up the field across the street and spoke with them as they were getting set up. Also due to being early in the season, we were able to see several buildings as part of small groups with more time to discuss things with the guide. All told this allowed for a relaxed visit and the ability to take in a lot more than last time we were there.
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AngelaK1974
Knoxville, Tennessee
"A Great Adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 29, 2017 NEW
This is the kind of place where you can shop, eat and learn about local history! It's definitely best on a cloudy day as there's so much to see and most of which is in and out of retail shops. Make sure to wear closed toe shoes as this area is always busy and stores are often crowded. A can't miss!
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Kenneth E
Erwin, Tennessee, USA
"Great educational trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 29, 2017 NEW
We homeschool ours kids and decided on an educational field trip to Williamsburg. It was outstanding. First off it takes minimum of 2 days to see everything. They rotate open buildings so don't expect to see everything in one day. Plus with all the school groups sometimes you are turned away until they are done. Also if you are planning on going to Jamestown and Yorktown(which you should) go ahead and buy the Triangle ticket. To be honest you don't really save any money it was just nice to walk in the places show our passes and get the stickers to be done. Saves time. Adults were $90 and kids $42 for a 7 day pass. If your only spending 1 day at Williamsburg and 1 at each other site don't bother with Triangle ticket, not worth it. There is really too much to type to give an overview of Williamsburg. Our kids really enjoyed all the blacksmith, tin makers, hat, wig, brick maker, etc... Most all buildings have tours which are extremely informative. The employees are well trained and very knowledgeable. There are a few things if you want to do you need to sign up for early. One is the kids dig site. Ours loved it. Its a 50 min educational program where the kids get to dig at a real site to find artifacts. Our group found all kinds of glass and broken ceramics. These are not "planted" and there is an archeologist on site to watch over kids. Also the Palace gets booked really quick. So sign up for a tour first thing. Most places open at 9am with some opening at 10am. Everything closes at 5 except the museum which closes at 7 and it is gigantic. So go to it at 5-7 when everything closes. It alone will take over an hour to see and that's not reading everything. FYI food is a little high so I would suggest pack a lunch or do like we did eat a huge breakfast then snack all day until dinner outside of Colonial Williamsburg. Lots of good eating places everywhere. Also if a building has a flag out front that means its open. However if you see a group of school kids beside it, just walk on past and go to the next building open. They are waiting to get in from the next group. If there more than 1 day go ahead and buy the refillable souvenir cup. Its $12 but refills are only $1. With really hot weather you will save money. Most drinks are $3. I could say a lot more but they best thing you could do is just go!!
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SoHappyTogether
East Tennessee
"We enjoyed the shops"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 28, 2017 NEW
When we arrived, I didn't realize how widespread the Colonial Williamsburg area is. We ended up going back 3 different times, so I was glad that we purchased the Flex tickets. The shuttles made it easier to visit different areas of CW. We basically visited one or two different sections over a few days. The kids liked the shops; I liked seeing the colonists dressed up. There are so many options for activities, food, and more....you can't go wrong! The only downfall that stood out to me was that travelers with limited mobility might have trouble getting around.
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Heather F
Westford, Massachusetts
"Educational fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 28, 2017 NEW
We went with our 6,9,&11 yo children. It was an easy walk from the visitor center. The sampler ticket was really all we had time for even though we were there most of the day. The kids enjoyed it but were bored by some of the building tours. The blacksmith and magazine were their favorites. If it had been just my husband and myself we would have spent a few days and gone in every building and shop and listened to every period chat. The field surgeon station was most interesting this trip. I'd like to try a walking tour sometime too. Looking forward to another visit when the kids are older and a bit more interested in the history of their country.
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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 opportunites 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.