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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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ChristopherOnTheMove
Washington DC, District of Columbia
"been visiting since a child, was better when a child"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 22, 2017 NEW
Not sure how many know that there is very little that is authentic and original, in terms of the buildings. Virtually all are restorations, but in years past from quite a while back, this was nothing to gripe about, because they were done with such tasteful artistry. But now, too many of the restorations look like the were done by someone from Hope Depot, and look chintzy and kitschy. Still, there is nothing like walking Duke of Gloucester street and taking it all in, hearing the fife and drums, the drills and musket fire, etc. That brings back such wonderful memories of when I was first pushed through here by my parents in a stroller
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Angie P
Chesapeake, Virginia
"New Years Eve visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 21, 2017 NEW
Spent the last day of the year wandering around this living time capsule. Had a great meal, lots of walking, lots of history and an amazing family outing.
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Tom E
Brisbane, Australia
"Not open in January and not mentioned on their web site"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed January 21, 2017 NEW
This historic site is now closed in January for restoration work and staff training yet there was no mention of this on their web site. After a 2 hour drive from Richmond it was very disappointing. You can still walk down the street and take photos of the buildings.
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BobbyBo1
Great Neck, New York
"Interesting historical venue"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 20, 2017 NEW
You can walk around and observe the different buildings from colonial times, as recreated by actors and actresses.
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Yonni15
Chicago, Illinois
"Grand Illumination A Must"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2017 NEW
We visited the first weekend of December. The weather was beautiful. The houses nicely decorated for the time period (of course). We arrived early to get a parking spot in the lot for if you arrive later you are apt not to get in the parking lot. Towards evening it gets very crowded for the fireworks, BUT don't let a crowd keep you away, these were the BEST fireworks I have ever seen. Get there early enjoy the views, shops, and take in the festive time of the year. Definitely will come back.
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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.