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

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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

44 Reviews
Joel Kamerud
NEW ULM, MN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"First Time Visitors To Williamsburg"
November, 2018 NEW
Really a worthwhile trip. My wife and I both enjoy learning about history and there's no better place to do so than Colonial Williamsburg. By visiting in late October we avoided many of the crowds and found food and lodging to be modestly priced
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Tip: Wear comfortable shoes as it is easiest to just walk the grounds

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Bonnie Bermingham
Virginia Beach, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"A wonderful weekend!"
November, 2018 NEW
Colonial Williamsburg is so well maintained, it's like traveling back in time! There are lots of folks dressed in authentic clothing, speaking the dialect, and happy to welcome you into the shops. I highly recommend the Ghosts Among Us tour - amazing storytellers inside the historic buildings! And make a dinner reservation in advance as the taverns fill up! Will definitely be back, thanks for a great experience!
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Tip: Plan your dinner in Colonial Williamsburg in advance, the taverns book up quickly!

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Alice Robeson
Virginia Beach, VA
1 Review
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"Must see!"
October, 2018 NEW
There's no place like colonial Williamsburg! I haven't had tickets for the full experience since I was a child. My fiance and I visited in late October. We were both blow away by the experience. The governor's palace, capital and Peyton Randolph tours were incredible. Each room had a story. Each tour guide was careful to take their time and answer all of our questions. Be sure to visit the smaller buildings too, like the carpenter, book binder and silversmith. Those experiences are personalized. The guides give a short spiel and then say something like "look around the room, and let me know if you have any questions about our tools." The more you ask, the more history you'll get. It lets you decide if you want to pop in and more on or get a full history lesson. Loved it!
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Charisse B.
Danville, VA
3 Reviews
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"Family Vacation"
October, 2018 NEW
Wonderful experience we felt like we were traveling back in time. Our grand children had a wonderful time
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Tip: Lots of walking but enjoyable

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Leigh Kovalcik
Chesapeake, VA
1 Review
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"Great opportunity"
October, 2018 NEW
We enjoyed the experience of experiencing the history learned in school.
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Tip: Visit a tavern for lunch or dinner and participate in one of the trials.

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MELISSA Tickle
Snow Camp, NC
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Excellent trip"
September, 2018
We bought the tour tickets on line. It was amazing to be able to walk around and see the period costumes and learn how people lived in those days. It was nice to see how they would make things
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Tip: Wear comfortable shoes. And plan on spending the whole day on the tours

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David Holt
Glenville, NY
1 Review
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"Great place to bring a family!"
September, 2018
Great place to bring a family, have fun, and learn some history!
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Tip: Look for discount tickets

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patricia m valletta
pawtucket, RI
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Wonderful time"
September, 2018
We went on Labor Day week. Brush gardens Jamestown settlement and colonial williamsberg. I love that time in history. It was great seeing the old buildings, the town folks, and the great ginger cakes amazing. Will go back soon.
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Tip: Go and enjoy

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Mike-and-Lis
Syracuse, New York
"Exceeded Our Expectations"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2018 NEW
Spend three full days if you can. It's overwhelming at first, but once you get the feel for it, there is tremendous depth and richness to be discovered. Go straight to the visitor center and don't be shy about asking questions. They are patient and helpful. Take advantage of the bus, if you become lost or tired. The drivers are sweet and helpful. Use your map! Bus stops are on it. Once inside the historic village, we highly recommend the special presentations. They change daily. They're listed on a little separate sheet for that day. It'll be given to you along with your ticket & map. Start with a tour of the Governor's Mansion for a bit of historical perspective, then visit the shops of the tradespeople. Ask questions. Linger for a bit and listen to the questions others ask. We were blown away by the level of knowledge that the tradespeople had. They seemed happy to share it. The art museum is chock full brilliant displays and well worth a visit.
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sandradonohue52
Henrico, Virginia
"Colonial Williamsburg"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2018 NEW
Rich in history and beauty. Well worth the visit. Colonial Williamsburg is simply beautiful with so many interesting sites and restaurants. You should definitely visit.
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faithrunfarm
Noble, Oklahoma
"Mixed feelingd"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2018 NEW
Very pretty town and scenery. We enjoyed walking around, paid $44 each for a day pass which wasn't worth it considering the circumstances. The only problem was a storm had rolled thru the day before and the electricity had been knocked out. No place to eat lunch (all the taverns were closed) the Governors Mansion closed, not many colonial exhibits, etc. I wish we wouldn't have paid because it wasn't worth it. However, the art museum was open and we enjoyed that. It was my understanding they have a drum and fife parade at 5pm but it didn't happen either. (No electricity needed for that!). There is a free shuttle from the visitor center, had to wait for almost an hour for the return shuttle. I'm sure we would have had more fun if they had electricity!
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J S
Bozeman, Montana
"Very interesting history with a superb organ recital"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2018 NEW
My favorite part of a mid-summer visit to Colonial Williamsburg was an evening organ recital at the Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. They seem to do these fairly often, so check it out!
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tweal
Umatilla, Oregon
"Worth a trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2018 NEW
If you are traveling through williamsburg. Historic williamsburg is worth seeing. If you stay inside the park you will have a better opportunity to see everything. In the evening they have tours by fire light/tourches. At about 5pm we heard a colonial marching bands parading through. really makes you feel like your in the time period. There are cannon demonstration. Every building has a person dressed in the time period that gives you the tour of that building. Our ticket to enter was about $40. you must have a badge to enter each historic building and hear the tour.
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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.