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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Venture63867088951
Huntsville, Texas
"Low Cost Experience of a Lifetime"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2019 NEW
Where can you discuss colonial politics over coffee with Patrick Henry, discuss printing and bookbinding with colonial printers, participate in a colonial court, visit taverns where the likes of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson frequented for a very reasonable price? The only such place I know of is Colonial Williamsburg. Just try to get Patrick Henry to step out of character. Impossible. It is a great experience and history lesson that is fun for the entire family. This is history where you just watch and listen--you are part of it.
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maddy a
Peterborough, Canada
"interesting"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
always neat to see how people lived then and the staff were very helpful. a relaxing way to spen the afternoon
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RnRfamily19
Marilla, New York
"Off Season so it was ok"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2019 NEW
We knew going in the off season it would not be the best but thought there would be more actors in costume but there were very little even on Presidents Day holiday.
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SeasonedTraveler1K
Orlando, Florida
"Our Favorite Family Vacation Spot"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 19, 2019 NEW
I’ve traveled to over 80 countries of the world and this is why I went here as a teen and why I’ve taken my children and grandchildren here over the years. I love history. It defines who we are as a people, the mistakes we have made as well as the values we have that are worth preserving. Walking these streets, in the footsteps of men and women who founded and shaped our country is a learning experience for all ages that is fun and challenges our concepts. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has moved with the times to help us look honestly at ourselves. The programming in February (Black History Month) is a splendid example. Every day at 1 and 3PM there are programs; mostly plays or vignettes that are wonderfully done by character actors to show the effects of the institution of slavery on the society of that time; slaves, free people of color and whites, and males and females. The programs are free with your entrance ticket but get in line early as they may fill up. It would take pages to describe all there is to do and experience from riding in an 18th century carriage, to sipping hot chocolate in a coffee house, to attending a dance, to watching a master craftsman at his trade, and on and on. It is a truly unique place that every American should experience. Take at least a week and include Yorktown and Jamestown as well.
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cblauhorn
Archer, Nebraska
"Didn't know what to expect"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 19, 2019 NEW
It sounded like everyone had to pay to get in and walk the colonial area. There's a huge visitor's center marketing it as such... As a family of five on a tight budget we actually pulled in and then drove away the first time we came! Haha! BUT my husband and son took a ghost tour (which they totally loved) the next day and learned more about navigating through the village, and learned more about what the "cost of admission" pays for. Basically, you're free to walk around the historical buildings but just don't get to enter them without paying for a pass. So after I ran the Colonial 5k through town that Saturday, the family walked around a bit! All of the buildings are well kept up! There are a few places that offer free parking if you look but they're usually short term parking. There is a paid parking garage and also a shuttle that runs around town! All of it is very cute and people are super friendly! I would move there if I could!
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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.