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

57 Reviews
Cheryl Brendel
Sycamore, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great visit"
January, 2019 NEW
We reserved our tickets ahead and had no problems. Weather was great and we got in and out of the exhibits with ease. Stop a the bakery was really good!
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Tip: Take good shoes to walk; reserve early if you want to eat at one of the inns.

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Lena Yarter
Carthage , NC
1 Review
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"Family Time Well Spent"
January, 2019 NEW
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Williamsburg! The staff was friendly and knowledgeable! What I thought might be a boring history lesson for my children was nothing but the opposite. I wish we would have had one more day as there was so much to still visit and explore. We will be making another trip back in the future!
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Tip: Pack your walking shoes

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Diane Martin
S. Chesterfield , VA
1 Review
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"Little disappointed."
January, 2019 NEW
I had been as a child and had expectations of British
Soldiers practicing, cannons, and more characters in general.
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Tip: Pet friendly.

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Donna M.
West Jordan, UT
1 Review
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"We love it there"
January, 2019 NEW
We have been to Williamsburg many times but never in the winter. It was worth the trip. We had a great time and the decorations were just great. And, the crowds were not as terrible as in the summer!
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Tip: Wear comfortable shoes!

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Amy Farrell
Greenwood, DE
3 Reviews
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"Vacation"
January, 2019 NEW
We absolutely love going to Colonial Williamsburg. The atmosphere, people, and the town is awesome.
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Tip: This is a great place to learn about history. There are alot of great things to explore in Colonial Williamsburg

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Danielle A.
Marlton, NJ
1 Review
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"Wonderful Family Experience"
December, 2018 NEW
I cannot say enough about our experience in Colonial Williamsburg! We travelled with 2 children, ages 9 and 11. I worried that the historical nature and lack of modern entertainment would bore my kids after about 4-5 hours. Nothing could be further from the truth. We could have easily spent 2 days there! The staff and characters are so engaging, knowledgeable, and approachable that it was hard for us to want to return fully to life in the current year. In the end, I had to pry my kids (& myself) away and apologize for not having more time at the end of the day.
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Tip: You need more time than you think & prepare for the heat and/or rain

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John Leon
NEBO, NC
1 Review
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"Great Experience"
December, 2018 NEW
We purchased our tickets ahead of time for Colonial Williamsburg. We are glad we did. Purchasing our tickets ahead of time/ before our arrival saved us not only a signal ificant amount of money, but also time. This was a no hassle process. I recommend this company's services to anyone visiting Colonial Williamsburg.
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Tip: It is easy to purchase tickets online ahead of your next visit to Williamsburg.

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Cynthia McDaniel
Lexington, SC
1 Review
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"Happyfind"
December, 2018
We purchased tickets for four to see Colonial Williamsburg. Was very convenient and we saved some money too!
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QCVoyager
Quebec City, Canada
"Disappointed"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2019 NEW
Maybe I'm getting too old to appreciate it, but every time I come back to Colonial Williamsburg, I'm more and more disappointed. I wanted to bring my fiance over the holidays, since he's from Europe and had never been before, but I think next time we'll stick to Olde Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. First of all, our tour guide at the Governor's Palace spoke way too fast for me to understand, let alone someone for whom English is not their first language. He also sent us to look around at everything, and then gathered us in a room and proceeded to describe things he expected we must have just noticed on our own in passing. I am a professional tour guide, myself, and was taught in my training to always stand in front of the items or buildings that I am describing, as I am describing them; not talk about them in the next room. Granted there are a few times this is unavoidable, but that's not what happened here. The guide actually told us to take a look around and then to meet him in the next room, where he started talking about things I had completely missed. For years, I've noticed that the people in costume at Colonial Williamsburg are no more than costumed employees of a museum and that they do not actually attempt to stay in the character of the 18th century, which for the price, is disappointing. If Sturbridge Village and Strawberry Bank (Portsmouth, NH) can both do it, I don't understand why CW can't. Finally, we paid a lot of money for no real reason. Unless you are planning to tour the houses, there's really no point in paying for admission. Save your money and eat at a tavern or do a Ghost Tour (which we missed) instead. I think that's what we'll do next time. While we did see the Governor's Palace and the Capitol, they weren't worth the cost of admission. Sorry, Colonial Williamsburg, but you can do much better.
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NYMetroMom
Williamsburg, Virginia
"Fun, historic and interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
The passes aren't inexpensive, but it's a fascinating place to see how our country was founded. Mansions, miners and tailors shops. Gardens, a maze, farm animals even restaurant and shopping. The historical area and William & Mary Universory spill I to each other with a sweet little town in the middle with coffee shops, a toy store, clothing stores and a great farmers market on Saturday mornings in warm weather. Check out special holiday events - 4th of July, holiday times, ice skating
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jonnyb369
Indian Head Park, Illinois
"Colonial Willamsburg"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2019 NEW
The history of the entire place is incredible. The tour was great and the kids really enjoyed the horse and carriage ride through the town. The visitor center was great and had such great information.
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Charee L
"Better than anticipated"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
Going to Williamsburg was on my bucket list and will say I was not disappointed. Staff was so knowledgeable and helpful.
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Beth B
"Great place to relax and learn"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
We try to visit once or twice a year. The price is very reasonable, we purchase annual passed as part of the Black Friday sale and stay at the Governor's Inn which is within walking distance. There is always something new to explore. Our last visit was for the Grand Illumination in December.
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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.