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

36 Reviews
Vanessa Spiese
fairless hills, PA
1 Review
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"Great time"
September, 2018 NEW
My boyfriend had taken me to Williamsburg for my birthday of Labor Day weekend, the first day was spent in the Williamsburg winery which was hands down amazing, next day was our favorite amusement part, and our third day was in colonial Williamsburg, somthing my boyfriend would love. I’m not really into historic things but going to that little town seeing all the old buildings, everyone dressed up, taking a horse carriage ride, to stopping in each building to learn how everything was back then amazed me and we can’t wait to go back before the year is up and visit when there’s snow on the ground. We can’t wait to go back and make more memories.
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Tip: First time at colonial Williamsburg

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Sarah Uy
Mechanicsville, VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fantastic Family Experience!"
September, 2018 NEW
I took my kids (ages 9, 9 & 11) to Williamsburg for the day (we live close by in Richmond). No one was very excited when I told them the plan. I love history and make sure we visit a number of historical sites throughout the summer. Despite the protests as we drove eastward, the kids were instantly won over once we got to DOG street. My daughter fell in lone with the Foundry and wants to learn the trade. My sons particularly loved the Governer's palace, the jail, and the parade in the evening. It was all fantastic and everyone is asking when we can go back. The docents were all very kid friendly and made the experience very educational and entertaining. The kids had no idea they were learning! It is a fantastic experience that I would highly recommend to everyone!
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Tip: If you want to go for a carriage ride, you have to reserve it very early!Don't miss the Foundry, it's behind the Geddy House.the

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Phyllis Johnson
Ridgewood, NJ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Family Time!"
September, 2018 NEW
Our family of 13, ages 4 to 80, spent a week in Williamsburg. We purchased the triangle passes so that we could visit all the historical sights. Therefore there was something for everyone of any age in our group. This is one of our favorite places to v visit and we do it frequently driving from New Jersey each time.
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Tip: Make reservations in advance for the carriage rides! Definitely buy the triangle pass.

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David Burrrichter
Lebanon, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"experience history"
September, 2018 NEW
We enjoy taking our grandkids to Colonial Williamsburg after they have their 12th birthday. We have a great time learning more of our history and learning more about them at the same time along with them learning of their revolutionary era history. We have a day at Jamestown and 3 days at the Colonial village.
A great time was had by all!
Dr. and Mrs David Burrichter
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Tip: Go before the kids turn 13 as rates go up then

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Thomas Salmonsen
Chester , VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"HISTORICAL MEMORIES"
September, 2018 NEW
I live here in VA and without adout the best Historical experience on earth the Historians and people that work at Colonial Williamsburge are the most knowledgeable people you will ever meet the sites sounds and resturants are tops and the carraige ride and shops are outstanding you will have the time if your life here this is a must see
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Tip: Remember to bring a camera and good walking shoes there is a lot to see but well worth it

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Reserve Williamsburg Customer
Norton, MA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Hands on History"
August, 2018
We spent a week in Colonial Williamsburg and purchased the historic triangle passes, which gave us access to Yorktown, Jamestown and Williamsburg for 7 days. Our kids loved the movie at the Yorktown museum as the sounds, movement and smoke really gave the feel of being there. The museum had lots to see and driving and walking parts of the battlefield was amazing At Jamestown we loved the glassblowing, turn old historic church and monuments, and especially liked the archaeological center. We were able to board the replica ships and learn about the travel of the Jamestown settlers. Williamsburg was great, used the shuttle from the visitor center and walked in and out of many homes and buildings. Lots of activities for the kids and horse and carriage ride through the town was worth it! Took a tour of the Governor's Palace and gardens. Enjoy a meal at the local taverns and take in the ambience of it all. The passes made it easy for us to access all we wanted to see and not wait in lines. The visitor center in Williamsburg was great and very informative. Shops there had lots of souvenirs. Ovverall, our trip was fun and educational. Thank you!
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Tip: Lots to explore even for kids

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Bryony Housen
Bronx, NY
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great option for travel"
August, 2018
I enjoyed the convenience of purchasing tickets for three attractions in one easy transaction. I did not appreciate at the colonial Williamsburg attraction in order to redeem voucher you had to wait in a line with individuals asking questions about the attraction. Each interaction took approximately 15 minutes. While this is not the fault of Reserve Williams please note that this is the case. They do however have an information desk that was obviously not utilized by the majority of the people in the line.
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Tip: Colonial Williamsburg requires alot of walking so plan accordingly. Read up in your history if the period do that you may ask well informed questions and participate fully in conversation with the individuals at colonial Williamsburg.

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Jose L Colon Novoa
Arecibo, PR
1 Review
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"Beautifull historic area"
August, 2018
Well conserved buildings and exellent museums. People friendly and shopping area.
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Tip: For entire families

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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havingfun2018
Webster, Massachusetts
"Parking Warning"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2018 NEW
We have been going to Colonial Williamsburg for many years and this is the first year we had a problem with parking. We were parked in public parking near Colonial Williamsburg. It was mid September on a weekday so there were many available parking spaces. There were signs saying there was a 2 hour parking limit. We failed to move the car every 2 hours and wound up with a ticket. So be ware. If you have not had problems with off season parking in the past you may have them now.
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SaraJets
New York City, New York
"View of Williamsburg"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2018 NEW
Merchants square was breathtaking---nice to walk around and see different places. Collegiate atmosphere at college of William and Mary. Scenery was nice---village of stores
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hal244
Richmond, Virginia
"Loved Colonial Williamsburg!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2018 NEW
Although we had been to Colonial Williamsburg a bunch of times, we had never purchased a full access ticket. So we decided to do just that. We stayed at a qualifying hotel - Woodlands, so the discounts applied. Purchasing was smooth and efficient. Then it's just off to see the sights! While it was a very hot day to begin our tour, it was nice to go inside some of the cool exhibits. We had brunch at the Trellis which was very nice. Our dinner at the King's Arms Tavern had many things to be desired, but hey, maybe an off night. All in all, a pleasant trip that we will do time and time again.
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JEAN M
Billericay, United Kingdom
"Great visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2018 NEW
We were staying in Williamsburg, so purchased the over 50's pass that is valid until the end of the year, that was very good value. There are many interesting buildings to visit, although some are not original. Short tours are available in some buildings, with staff dressed in period costume Not all the buildings are open every day, so its worth going back more than once. I suggest a visit to the visitors centre before you start, it has free parking and you can find out about the ticket options and details of daily activities and free tickets. You can leave your car at the visitors centre and eitherwalk into Colonial Williamburg or take the free buses that are frequent
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35Argyll
London
"Well worth a visit - even without buying the ticket."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2018 NEW
We spent a lovely afternoon/early morning walking round Colonial Williamsburg. We weren't too bothered about seeing inside the buildings so we didn't buy a ticket. It's entirely free to walk around the 'town' and well worth it. The main street is about a mile long and is a lovely walk. We thought (as cynical brits) that it might be a bit 'twee' to see actors dressed in historical garb, but it all seemed really appropriate and not over the top. We stayed in a B&B in town, so the next morning walked around again before the buildings were open, thus the coaches hadn't arrived yet. It was beautiful and peaceful.
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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.