Colonial Williamsburg tickets grant access to all Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area sites (including 35 exhibition sites, 16 trade shops, and more than 100 gardens), access to museums, use of Historic Area shuttle buses, and programs. Begin your story today.Close
The Multiday Pass is all-inclusive and allows you unlimited visits through December 31, 2015. It grants you access to our 22 historic trade sites, interpreter-led tours of our family homes and government buildings, more than 100 English gardens, and our Art Museums.Close
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.
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Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
By placing yourself in the moment, you can actually start to believe that you're hearing George Washington or Thomas Jefferson speaking to you. Or having a British Loyalist whispering in your ear that the rebels should be ignored. Amazing place to steep oneself in our history. Lots to see and do. If you visit in August, time mid-day for inside A/C activities. Outdoor stuff for earlier mornings and later in the PM. Use of guides is suggested for the full effects. Amazing information on our history is available. Or do a good bit of reading prep to understand what you are seeing. Carry water during the day but remember that you can't take it into the exhibits.
Syracuse, New York
The foliage was fantastic driving the colonial parkway. This was our second trip to Williamsburg this year. We saw a few of the houses and demonstrations. A good to tip to know before going, is that the buildings with Flags in front of them are open. We spent days wandering around before learning about this. It made our last 2 days a lot easier.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
I went with my husband to Williamsburg as we've been reading more American history and wanted to do a hands on historical trip. What we really loved about Williamsburg is that the recreated town is so large, that it doesn't feel like an amusement park. We loved meeting the artisans who are there practicing old crafts the way they were practiced and who can not only tell you all about how they do it, but share some really nuanced thoughts about the colonial period. We learned a lot about how the economy of a medium sized colonial city worked and had a beautiful couple of days walking around. While we were there they were firing the kilns to cook the bricks they made all summer, so we had a really special evening walking through paths lit by fires to a hand-built kiln where we learned about 1700s brick making. We gained a new appreciation for that kind of craft and new understanding of the built world around us. November seemed to be a particularly good time to travel because it wasn't very crowded. We toured Wetherburn's tavern, the Coffeehouse, the Governors Palace, the book bindery, shoe maker, wigmaker, armory, blacksmith, watched some dressage, watched the dissolving of the House of Burgesses and heard from a freed slave. Its PET FRIENDLY but you can't go in any of the buildings with your dog. We're definitely going back with our Basset Hound!
Wilmington, North Carolina
We thoroughly enjoyed our stroll through the sites at Colonial Williamsburg. The buildings have been restored beautifully and undoubtedly to their original condition. The visit to the Magazine building was very educational as was the visit to the courthouse to witness 3 hearings. Very entertaining and with some education thrown in.
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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.