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

11 Reviews
Stefanie Altieri Dunn
McMurray, PA
1 Review
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"Great experience"
April, 2018 NEW
We reserved our tickets at a discounted price and had no issues redeeming at the Welcome Center. The shuttle buses were frequent enough to break up the walking. We had great tour guides in various buildings and found all employees to he friendly and in character. Will definitely return one day.
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Tip: Quite a bit of walking without using the shuttles to get to and from places.

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Kaley Reifsnyder
Philadelphia, PA
1 Review
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"A memorable experience"
February, 2018
Colonial Williamsburg is an American gem - unlike any other historical site I have come across. Though expensive, all proceeds go towards preservation of the city, which I can get behind. I recommend the 3-day Pass, it’s the best deal and you really need at least 2 full days to really experience it. 3 days and you can probably cover almost everything. My only disappointment was that the tour times for a lot of the buildings were not clearly posted, so it was difficult to plan the day. Granted, I did visit on one of the busiest weeks of the season (week after Christmas) and it was very busy. But it would have been helpful to know that tours were required for entry to the trade shops. Our favorite was the courthouse re-enactment - special kudos to the individuals running that because it was so memorable, educational, and enjoyable!
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Tip: Plan to spend more time than you think you need - purchase the 3-day pass to really experience the city.

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Shruthi K.
herndon, VA
1 Review
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"Nice place"
February, 2018
A really good place to visit with family and know about the history.
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Laurie B.
Bays, KY
1 Review
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"Great place for long over due family reunion/birthday."
February, 2018
When we last went our children were young. In December, our now grown son wanted to go back to celebrate his 29th birthday. This is a fun place to step back in time and relax! The Governor's palace was beautiful. There are activities to do and much to see. Well worth it. We took our son to Josiah Chownings Tavern (his name is Josiah) for a birthday dinner. We had a large party so the wait was a bit long but the food was good and worth the wait. Come to Colonial Williamsburg and step back in time.
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Tip: Relaxing and fun

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George R.
UK
1 Review
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"Tick off my bucket list"
January, 2018
I have often heard American friends and relatives talk about colonial williamsberg and I always wanted to visit. It was an incredible place, visiting real history and a step back in time. So interesting to see the buildings and the employees, it didn't fail to impress and I loved it, loved it, loved it. Well worth a visit, just wish I lived close enough to return.
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Tip: Wear comfortable walking shoes!

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Jerome Johnston
1 Review
"Vacation"
July, 2017
It was beautiful, but the price is not worth it
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Tip: Not worth the money

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Kurt Kleinau
Staten Island, NY
2 Reviews
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"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.
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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.
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Tip: Governors Palace, Court House, reenactments

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Booklover48
Midlothian, Virginia
"Not like we remembered from 20 years ago"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2018 NEW
Our remembrance from 20 years ago was that it was easy to walk into the various "homes" and "shops" and "taverns" to witness life in the 1700's as portrayed by the actors at Colonial Williamsburg. With this visit we found that we had to wait to enter the venues, almost like going to Disney and having to wait in line for the popular rides and attractions. It's good that it's popular enough to merit waiting in line, I suppose, but it seemed that we were wasting time having to wait up to an hour to visit inside the Capitol, for example. We listened to "George and Martha Washington" discuss having her grandchildren come to live with them, but were disappointed in the "performance" as it seemed George was just making innuendos designed to appeal to a modern audience and today's politics. Most in the audience seemed interested and amused, but we thought it was a bit of "dumbing down" instead of presenting a serious look at the political life of the Revolutionary area. These recreations, as we remembered them from 20 years ago, seemed better prepared and performed then they are now. We thoroly enjoyed the folk art museum and would return to see new exhibits there, especially the piano and furniture collections. We are Virginia residents and got a special pass good until the end of the year, so we felt we got our money's worth visiting for parts of two days.
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reissmickey
Boston, Massachusetts
"Living History"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2018 NEW
A must for people of all ages and nationalities to visit. It demonstrates the achievement of freedom. If you are a veteran or on active duty, visit the Liberty Lounge which is wonderful celebration of our military.
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DJB002
"So much amazing history!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2018 NEW
We had a wonderful day exploring all the rich history at Colonial Williamsburg. Very enjoyable. Learned so much! Every tour was guided which would have been great except we had our 1-1/2 year old granddaughter who couldn’t go through the tours in her stroller so it made it a little bit difficult for us. There were so many fun things to do though. Highly recommend wearing your most comfortable shoes because you will walk.... a lot!!
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Mel V
Arlington, Tennessee
"Colonial Williamsburg"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2018 NEW
Had a very different feel from 5 years ago when we went here. A tour of the capitol had a negative feel about the colonial leaders. The gardens were beautiful. Lots of history here, but feels like it is being presented from a certain point of view, no counter views!!
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Cherie F
Reynoldsburg, Ohio, United States
"A full day or two of sight seeing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2018 NEW
I hadn't visited in many years it was nice to come back. However, while the adults found this to be a fun, educational experience our 6 and 11 year old were hard to keep entertained. It is also a somewhat expensive trip between tickets and meals.
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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.