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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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MikeTraveled
"This is Unique"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 20, 2019 NEW
I don't think there's another place on earth like this. There's the history, with much of it free and the rest very reasonable. So much to see and experience. And Busch Gardens, with so many rides and shows, and Water Country. The outlet mall. And Jamestown and Yorktown in either direction on the Colonial Parkway.
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HGW1
"Stepping into our history!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 20, 2019 NEW
A pleasant walk into the past that in a small way helps you realize what life was like in the early part of this great country's life. It can be a humbling awakening of how much harder life was and how much was sacrificed for the great blessings we enjoy today. It's also amazing to have it preserved almost within modern day comforts of restaurants and stores.
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Tor C
Annapolis, Maryland, United States
"Great visit!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2019 NEW
We walked around the first day, without going in the buildings, and enjoyed the restaurants. The second day, we paid for everyone and went back to the buildings that looked the most interesting. We loved the apothecary!!!!!!
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BorneAppetit
Indianapolis, Indiana
"Spend a few days"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 17, 2019 NEW
Take at least three full days to explore Colonial Williamsburg as there is so much to see and do. Begin at the Rockefeller Basset Hall and be sure to watch the film before proceeding into the house. This will give you much of the background of information about Colonial Williamsburg that sets the stage for the rest of your visit. Many of the shopkeepers and tradespeople are highly knowledgeable and provide thought provoking presentations. There are a disappointing lack of actors portraying townspeople and enslaved people going about daily life to put CW in the category of living history, as compared to Plymouth Village which is flooded with people in character. Also I did not encounter any people in character at CW. This is also a nice place to visit w/o an admission ticket if you do not want to enter the historical buildings and museum. You may enter the shops and eateries and explore the grounds. It is an absolutely lovely and peaceful place to visit. I recommend eating at the historical taverns for lunch each day where the food and ambiance are wonderful rather than getting the grab n go shops where the food is quite disappointing as there is not that much of a difference in price. Or pack a picnic lunch as the grounds are beautiful with plenty of spaces to lay down a blanket and eat in a serene setting. I also recommend staying in one of the recreated historic buildings right inside of CW for your lodging. What a neat concept! When buying items in the shops be sure to ask if it was made in CW. There is an apprentice shop and this is where I spend my money versus buying something "made in Thailand" (I am serious) that is sold in some shops. You also can special order items like hand-made clothing, rifles, and jewelry from the craftspeople. I understand a rifle is $20k and they have a waiting list!
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Jennifer E
Greensboro, United States
"Great place to learn a lot about trades of the era"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 17, 2019 NEW
This is our 2nd trip to C.W. The first time, the kids were 10 and 12. This time, they were 12 and 14. I think these ages are perfect for the trip especially if your kids are into learning about how to make things. The people working there were super patient with us as our kids asked a million questions. This was a perfect time to go because it wasn't crowded our hot. It's just so relaxing to be there and such an enjoyable way to spend a day. We ended the day at the Museum which was also enjoyable, but we were pretty tired by then. We spent the entire day there from 9 am until it closed and then shifted to the museum which stays open longer.
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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.