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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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Mary H
"Where the past meets the present."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2017 NEW
This past weekend had extremely nice weather, and I happened to be in Virginia visiting a friend. We decided to go to Colonial Williamsburg, and got there around 1:00. We all got day passes 25.99 for adults and 13.99 for children, and they had a nice military discount of 50% off. Our check-in person was not as knowledgable as some of the other check-in people. Other people who were buying tickets received an informational list of most important things to do, and other things that they recommended visiting. Our person did not until I asked, and then she was helpful. In February, many of the activities are limited compared to what is normally offered. We were able to walk around and receive multiple tours. We stopped at the Governor's Palace, and our tour guide seemed to forget many of her lines and kept pausing and focusing on things that didn't seem super important to me. However, she did do a great job of pretending that we were set back in time through her words and actions. I would have liked to walk around and look more without feeling like we were being herded quickly like cattle, as I personally like to take the time to really get the feel for things. I would definitely recommend visiting the silver smith, blacksmith, coffeehouse, the wigmaker and the medicine house. They were so interesting and really were into what they were doing, and were extremely personable. The teahouse gives samples of tea, coffee, and hot chocolate (extremeeeeely rich). My favorite place was the wig maker because the lady there really made you feel like you were back in time and was really informative on top of it. I was unable to visit the Capital building, but it was highly recommended, and I would make it a point to go there next time. There is a lot of walking, though the town offered shuttle and horse-and-buggy services to get around. This is definitely not a 1-day trip to see everything that the town has to offer. My rating would also have been better if they had more informational booths or the option to walk through instead of mandatory tours for some parts of the area. Overall, I would recommending visiting, and if you are short on time, just know that you do not need to pay admission in order to walk around town and visit some of the shops.
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Warm C
"Incredible Historic Experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2017 NEW
The moment I stepped into the visitors center, I knew this was going to be my favorite vacation spot. Not only is it surrounded with loads of places to stay and eat, but the overall experience is magical. Every employee is dressed in colonial garb and perfectly in character. Walk the streets to see live historical reenactments, or visit any of the old colonial shops and houses and feel like you've entered a time machine set back to colonial America.
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Fran F
Waldorf
"WOW! Never took the time before now."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2017 NEW
We went with another couple for a getaway. Decide to get the "annual" pass..w/ veterans discount, by far the best deal going.We went there for three partial days and visited everything we could.(practically all the buildings!) Very informative and well done.Not much crowding, so we got very personal tours. We've been there 5-6 times but never went into many of the buildings. Great time and visit.
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CWfave
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
"History comes alive"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2017 NEW
For Colonial period history buffs this is a must see. However, CW is a place for everyone, especially the younger folks who have been missing out on receiving history/social studies in the classroom. Often that subject isn't available anymore in elementary grades due to the "teaching to the test" for math and reading. This is an incredibly important place to visit. Williamsburg, Virginia is the real birthplace of our Nation. Here you can learn from everyday people, including those of the enslaved population and still encounter the Nation Builders such as Jefferson, Henry, Washington (including Mrs. Washington), Madison, Mason, Wythe, etc.
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Alun T
"Valentines vacation"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2017 NEW
Great day in colonial Williamsburg enjoying the unseasonable warmth. Took the winter discounted prices and spent the day meandering around the old town. Recommended visits to the governor's mansion and capital. A little disappointed that most of the old town restaurants were closed but quite a bit of choice west of old town at the market place. Check out the museum also especially when there are special programs showing.
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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.