Colonial Williamsburg Tickets in Williamsburg, VA

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

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.

Reserve Williamsburg Customer Reviews

23 Reviews
Ann Running
Lewisburg, PA
1 Review
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"Mandatory for any history lover"
July, 2018 NEW
Colonial Williamsburg was a wonderful experience. I was there as a teenager, and just recently brought one of my teenage boys, who is interested in history, for a nostalgic Virginia tour. It was just as enjoyable as I remembered, and it gives a glimmer into just what colonial life was really like.


I debated on whether or not to buy tickets, but ultimately decided that I should, and was glad I did. Tickets are expensive, and one can theroretically enter Colonial Williamsburg without a pass/ticket and walk around. However, then you are not able to get the full experience and are missing out on a deeper, immersive experience of what colonial life was like. With a pass, you can enter the (air conditioned!) buildings, speak to the historical interpreters and ask lots of questions (some of whom stay in character when they talk to you, as if they are living in the time period) visit the Governor's Mansion, and support the overall financial endeavor of the living museum. There are salaries to pay, maintenance and upkeep of the buildings, and continual research into how to make the experience as authentic as possible. All of that requires money, so if you visit, it's a good idea to support this unique experience. There are many wonderful historic sites in the immediate area, and you can get a combo pass online and save a little bit that way. Buying through reserve Williamsburg was an easy process and saved a few dollars per pass over buying directly.

It's truly amazing once you're there how easy it is to become immersed in the time period. There are different buildings you can visit depicting exactly what a colonial town would have been like, and it's amazing how quickly questions about their living can come up. All of the interpreters are more than willing to engage and answer questions, no matter if superficial, such as bathing, eating and dressing, or on deeper historical subjects, such as controversies around Thomas Jefferson. It's my opinion that it would take 2 full days to properly visit all of the buildings that interest you, and plan on checking out as many as you can anyway. For example, my 14 year old was not thrilled that I wanted to visit the wig shop, but he found it to be one of the most fascinating experiences while there (and yes, be glad we no longer wear wigs!).

Virginia is a beautiful state with great historical significance. Colonial Williamsburg and the surrounding attractions (Jamestown, Yorktown, presidential homes, battlefield sites, and historic towns) should be on anyone's list for someone interested in American history or simply looking for a uniquely educational experience.
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Christian A. Johnson
Norfolk , VA
1 Review
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"Great Experience!"
July, 2018 NEW
I went as a child and had some good memories but going back again was awesome! The check in is simple, the maps are easy to follow, and bus transportation is well marked! The best part is, every single person we talked to had a great knowledge base about the places and process they used to make certain things. I recommend this! Last note, be prepared for the heat if you come in the summer. The places are air conditioned which is GREAT but it does get quite warm!
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Tip: Ask questions! It will be hard to do in just 1 day!

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Patrick Blais
South Portland, ME
1 Review
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"Great place to visit"
July, 2018 NEW
My family of 10 went to the historic triangle for a week. It was great. We learned so much and it was very interactive for the kids. We stayed at the Kingsgate Wyndham and that was a great resort too.
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Karen Golick-Gunderson
Clackamas, OR
1 Review
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"Must See: Historical Williamsburg"
July, 2018 NEW
We took our twin 12 yr olds and we’re very impressed with the town and how the actors portrayed not only the matters of historical significance but also gave my family a glimpse into what it was like living in that era!
Highly recommend visiting and experienceing historic Williamsburg!
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Tip: The re-enactments were very entertaining and educational!

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Barbara Medeiros
Margate , FL
1 Review
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"Colonial Williamsburg and water country usa experience"
July, 2018 NEW
We purchased our tickets for both colonial Williamsburg and water country usa from "Reserve Williamsburg" and was pleasantly surprised at how easy the process was. When i had a question regarding the purchase, the client service representative was knowledgeable and friendly. We had no problems printing the tickets and enjoyed both. I would definately use this program again and would highly recommend them to everyone i know.
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Tip: You save money and it's easy to use. It's a win/win situation.

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Kelly Powers
Allentown, PA
2 Reviews
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"Not as great as expected"
July, 2018 NEW
We were a little u derwhelmed by Colonial Williamsburg. Our family really enjoys history, museums, etc..., but we feel Colnial Williamsburg missed the mark. A little boring. Also, some of the tours just seemed confusing- jumping from one decade to another. Workers, while I know they are to be in character, weren’t very friendly at all. For the price of admission and our lunch there, it just didn’t seem worth it at all. A day in DC was much more entertaining ( although not always the same historical period).
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Tip: Expensive. Not really worth the trip

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Michael Decker
EASTON, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Excellent"
July, 2018 NEW
Was a good Trip, and enjoyed learning the History of Williamsburg and The Revolution. Need more then one day to see it all, ate at two of the Taverns, Chowning and Shields, the food was very good.
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Tip: Look for Deals on line , especially for Busch Gardens, saved a lot of Money. Bought Park tickets and All Day Dining Ticket, much cheaper online.

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Barry Goldstein
Woodstock, MD
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Trip to Colonial Williamsburg"
June, 2018 NEW
Our visit to Colonial Williamsburg was outstanding. The Welcome Center was convenient and very organized. Getting our badges and a wheel chair went smooth and quick. We visited Chownings Tavern for lunch and had excellent food and service. Unfortunately, due to the weather many of the outdoor activities were cancelled, but there were still many great sites to see.
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Tip: People should use Reserve Williamsburg for tickets. It is easy to use and the prices are the lowest.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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John L
Dublin, Ohio
"A great historical site that was restored/reconstructed"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2018 NEW
A great historical site that was restored/reconstructed to show life as it was in precolonial times. We have been there many times and each time we learn something different. There are docents in character who tell visitors about the house and if a tradesman demonstrate their craft while telling the visitors about the craft. Be sure to check the daily listing of demonstrations and other events. Highly recommended for children old enough to understand the historical significance of Colonial Williamsburg. All the staff either paid or volunteers are extremely helpful. There is a lot of walking sometimes on uneven ground. There are restrooms and drinks available in shops and vending machines around the displays. The vending machines are located in structures that are part of or adjacent to homes. There is a frequent bus service around the perimeter that is included with the price of the ticket. Lots of places to eat but for dinner reservations are required. Military (active and retired) discounted admission tickets are available on site at the Visitors Center. Lots of free parking at the Visitors Center.
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Bryan W
Belleville, Illinois
"Go back in time without a Delorean"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2018 NEW
If you are in to old colonial houses and people dressed up in old colonial outfits then you can do no better. Clean and well kept up. Good parking. Was there five days and never had an issue parking or waiting for anything. Nice place that takes you away from modern declining America culture.
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Bethany T
"Still Great, but Not the Same as Before"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2018 NEW
I first traveled to Colonial Williamsburg on my honeymoon 20 years ago and loved it! Since then my husband and I have been taking our family back ever since. We usually visit every other year and I have to say that this year was such a disappointment. It felt like a ghost town. The excitement of the guides and the overall atmosphere that we have always loved seemed lost. I understand a lot has changed with the new president, but it is sad to see a place we love so much loosing its charm. On a good note, we had dinner at Christina Campbells and it was great! The server was amazing and very knowledgable and made us feel that magic that is Colonial Williamsburg.
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Brian B
Brunswick, OH
"Colonial Williamsburg in the summer with young kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2018 NEW
Williamsburg, VA is a beautiful area and we found a family visit to Colonial Williamsburg very rewarding. There is free parking at the Visitor's Center and from there you can take a 15-minute stroll (maybe less if you don't have young kids!) to the Colonial site or take one of the tour buses that circle around the site stopping in a half a dozen or so locations. We never waited more than 5 minutes for a bus and found them crowded only toward the very late afternoon when many folks are heading back to the parking lot. It's worth noting that there are lots of things to see and do that DO NOT REQUIRE A TICKET. All the shops are open, you are free to roam around the city, and you can witness a number of outdoor demonstrations and activities. Tickets ARE required to get into many of the historical houses or buildings with tours or guides. Unfortunately the Visitor's Center lines in the morning for tickets or exchanging online vouchers were a little long and the staff there were not super efficient. Some of the special tours or activities you need to make reservations for fill up very quickly so we had to make reservations for a few days later and luckily our Williamsburg Summer Bounce pass and schedule allowed us to come back later in the week. You might be able to make reservations online for special tours through their app. I do recommend their app to keep track of schedules and events during your stay. Not all houses and events are open/active every day and some events happen just once or twice a day so you want to be sure you don't miss your opportunity. We traveled with young boys (0, 2, 5, 7) so avoided the shops and focused on content for kids. I was pleasantly surprised at the number of activities geared to toward kids. Although my boys hated the heat and got bored walking around waiting for our next activity, they had a lot of fun and really enjoyed the things we did. Highlights for them: Patriot's at Play (hands on games from 18th c.), Children's Tour of the Palace (need reservations, <30 min., geared towards young kids), Children's Tour of the Capitol (need reservations, <30 min., geared towards young kids), Firing of the Noon Gun, Running the Engine (early fire engine), The Necessity of Order in Battle (more guns!), Level and Plumb (take your shoes off and step in the wet clay, set bricks), and the Geddy House (children's activities). They also enjoyed sitting in the shade of the giant trees and watching the Fifes & Drums. With all the talk of Jefferson and Lafayette and their map making prowess, it is a shame that the official park map has such little detail. Distinguishing one building from another with the limited signage is sometimes problematic. And, there are some real treasures to be found if you are willing to explore and look for details not found on the map. After the tour of the Governor's Palace, my kids and I really enjoyed walking around the grounds and finding a pond, a hedge maze, a large hill overlooking the maze, trails through the woods, etc. None of that was listed on the map and nobody mentioned them; they were just there to be found! There are drinking fountains scattered throughout and we brought our own water and snacks in a backpack. Note that strollers are not allowed/practical in any of the old buildings and some of the stone/shell paths are rough on the stroller. We left ours outside of attractions to carry little ones and had no problems.
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Chris L
"Huge disappointment."
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2018 NEW
We've visited several historical sites and museums across the United States, Europe and the Middle East. This was by far the biggest disappointment of them all. My wife and I have each been to Colonial Williamsburg when we were younger and were looking forward to taking our four children there. After waiting in a long line to pay an exhorbitant amount of money for tickets, we were expecting something really special! We were then herded onto an old city bus packed to capacity and shuttled to the Capitol building. (The driver didn't speak or provide any information about Williamsburg.) When we got off the bus, we tried to visit the capitol and were told that it was closed for the next three hours for something special and to come back later. Over half of the buildings were closed except for the shops (which anyone can get into without a ticket.) We tried to strike up a conversation with the wigmaker who was sitting on the porch in character, but she seemed disinterested. Most of the people working at Williamsburg were not it character. Some were dressed in character, but did not speak as if they were in character. The shopkeepers were minimally cordial. Unlike several former Tripadvisor reviewers, we did find the bakery staff to be somewhat friendly! Our two older kids wanted to do the tomahawk toss (which they are familiar with from other visiting other historical museums.) We were told that would cost an additional $10 for each kid! The grounds and buildings were maintained fairly well as we have found most museums/ historical sites of this type to be. People were walking around like they didn't know what to do with themselves - no one seemed to be directing them either. People were packing into the courthouse which was educational, but still people weren't in character - only describing how things were judicially in colonial times. The tour guides at the Everard house were informative, but again not in character. My wife and I agree that Colonial Williamsburg would be a good study for someone working on their MBA to try to figure out how to improve a business!
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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.