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

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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

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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VirginiaKayak
Norfolk, Virginia
"Quality Interpretations and Wonderful Treatment of Tradespeople"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2019 NEW
A great safe step back in time. The in-character interpreters were all terrific. One woman in colonial garb jumped into a strident conversation with one family that walked by. they discussed and assumed she and her employer, Wythe, were Loyalists—which she actively objected to. “We are patriots! You need Loyalist? Go see the Governor Dunmore and you can tell him what I think of him” she shouted. It’s great buildings, fields, and livestock. Terrific and skilled craftsmen and lovely products.
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Tygerness
"Like Disney World for history nerds!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2019 NEW
What can I say, this is the thought that continue through my mind the entire 2 1/2 days I spend here. This place is like Disney World for history nerds! You can plan, plan, plan, and you still won't have enough time to see everything! There is quite a bit of hurry up and wait to get into certain events or speakers, but it is definitely worth it! All of the living history is fantastic. There are folks dressed up in period costumes who do not break character even when carrying on conversations with you about their. Check out the order in the court activity inside the courthouse. It is interactive and fun. You should also be sure to tour the capital and the governors palace!I attended the "cry witch" and the "to hang a pirate" evening programs, and they were fantastic as well! I thoroughly enjoyed this place! It will take several days to see everything so plan ahead and prioritize!
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Leslie C
"Well done and wonderful people"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2019 NEW
We visited here for a spring break trip. It was not very busy which made it easy to hear all the actors explain their role and teach us about life during the period. Everyone was enthusiastic and friendly. The entire area and all the attractions are that way. Allow at least one full day and part of another to see most of the attractions here.
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RannJ
Alexandria, Virginia
"Colonial Williamsburg"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2019 NEW
Beautiful day in Williamsburg. We opted not to buy a ticket which gains you access to some of the buildings. You are free to wander the streets and grounds. There are carriage and stagecoach rides from people in period dress. Restaurants and shops as well.
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Conestoga557
Coatesville, Pennsylvania
"Visiting Area"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 21, 2019 NEW
Went to the landscaped visiting center where a helpful staff gave suggestions. Started early in am and bought discounted veterans ticket and hopped on hop on/off bus. First stop was the Governors Place. Went with a tour guide and got a good view of grounds. Walked thru the streets and stopped by the tin and blacksmith shops. Ended up at the Capital building and went with a guide to explain the working of the early government structure. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to spend as much time as need to see and hear about early colonial life.
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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.