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Governor's Palace

Northern End of Palace Green, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA
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Ranked #3 of 52 Attractions in Williamsburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: The luxurious palace of the loyalist governor, complete with meticulously replicated late 18th century furnishings.
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English first
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111 reviews 111 reviews
49 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

excellent tours by enactors bring to life the inhabitants, especially the last governor of English Virginia, John Murray, Earl of Dunmore and his family. Unfortunately, much of the physical environment is restored, not original, but the total result is pretty seamless—and nobody is going to point out the seams (which matter to history buffs).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

I am an avid gardener and especially wanted to see the formal and kitchen gardens here. I was not dissappointed. The tour was informative and very interesting. They had the restored kitchen operating and it we enjoyed seeing all the typical foods prepared and served in the era for guest of the mansion. Gave real perspective to the times and... More

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Butler, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This place is beautiful. Take the Williamsburg Tour by bus and get off on any one of the stops to experience a step back in time.

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52 reviews 52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A guide, dressed in colonial garb, provided a tour with interesting stories about colonial times and events. The tour was a great way to start the day in Colonial Williamsburg.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I believed all the tours at Colonial Williamsburg are worth a visit but the thing that made this interesting is our tour guide. She played the part well and kept us entertained. She was engaging and welcomed questions from the tour goers. The palace itself is filled with history and antiques as one might imagine, which for me is amazing... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We liked the guided tour of the governor's palace in Williamsburg and learned a lot from the costumed docent/tour guide. Worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

You have to go in this place just to see all the guns and swords in the foyer, neat! The outbuildings and gardens are well worth seeing.

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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The tour of the Governors palace is the one of the two highlights of Colonial Williamsburg. The guides are thorough and the furnishings, displays of art, instruments , weapons et al are incredible.It rates 4.5 stars.

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Freehold, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Tour is about an hour and "free" with your paid pass! You go through the gardens and house, and learn a bit about the time period. It was pretty informative. Small kids may not find it interesting, but older ones sure will!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The mansion has been painstakingly restored with great attention to detail. The tour guide conducts you through the mansion playing her role as servant to the royal governor giving you a view of life during the period immediately prior to the revolutionary war as well as describing the rooms and furnishings. May be a little long for young children. Does... More

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