Colonial Williamsburg
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Colonial Williamsburg is the only place that takes you back in time to the dawn of America. This isn't just a place where things once happened. They're happening, right now, here in the 18th century. We're the place where the idea of our country is being born; the place where the ideals we stand for as Americans are being defined. We are the 18th century "live," filled with the stories of the women, men, and children—free and enslaved—whose values and visions gave us a new world. Step back in time and meet the people who made America—sing with them, dance with them, eat with them, and have fun with them. For every person who wants to understand this country, this is your place.
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rrlbag
Augusta, GA229 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
With one exception, guides and docents were very well-spoken at both Colonial Williamsburg and the art museums. However, at one stop, the tour guide lectured the visitors rather than informed them. The visitors' center ticket agent was helpful, but the volunteer at the information desk seemed uninformed, ironically. Parking was $10/day ($2/hour after the free first 2 hours) if you opt not to ride the shuttle bus or hike from the visitors' center to the historic sites. The walk through the historic sites and shops can be exhausting on a hot day so we recommend parking near the boundary of the colonial district or riding the shuttle. Some of the historic sites were not open, as there is a rotating schedule. Also, it should be noted that many of the buildings are reproductions added to give a better depiction of area in the 18th century. Some of these buildings are not seen in the art museum film which illustrates with actual footage of the contrast between the Duke of Gloucester Street in 1930, before the restoration of the area, and present-day. The buildings and reproductions are in good order; particularly impressive were the Royal Governor's Palace and the Capitol. There were not enough signs marking where cold drinks could be purchased on a hot day, and at one marked site, the machines were out of order.
Written June 30, 2022
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Hello, thanks for visiting and taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate all of your feedback and detail. We value customer feedback and are committed to the continuous improvement of our guest experience.
Written July 4, 2022
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MJKing1982
Colchester, UK19 contributions
May 2022
We visited Colonial Williamsburg May 6, 2022. Everyone in the family enjoyed themselves thoroughly (ages 8 – 40). All of the facilities are in good repair and all of the staff / craftsmen were friendly, knowledgeable, and engaging. If you haven’t been, it is essentially an open air museum, with each (most) buildings acting as exhibits and a number of historians, volunteers, and craftsmen prepositioned in period dress to answer questions and demonstrate the use of 18th century tools. There are also historical engagements sprinkled throughout the day where famous people (e.g. George Washington) will make speeches or otherwise engage with the ‘towns folk.’ There is an art museum on the grounds, and also several specialty events you can purchase tickets for – but these are not cheap.

If weather is poor, or you have mobility issues, your ticket includes access to the shuttle service which essentially makes a loop around the grounds stopping fairly frequently.

Tickets are not inexpensive, so I recommend you plan to spend at least half a day. Bring weather appropriate clothing as you are outdoors quite a bit. If you plan to make a whole day of it (which you could easily do) then plan to spend A LOT of money on any food you purchase – or have a plan to go offsite and come back (easily done). And I mean way offsite. The restaurants within walking distance are all very pricey.
Written May 13, 2022
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Thank you for the detailed account of your visit. This helps other visitors planning to visit Colonial Williamsburg. We are pleased that you enjoyed the trades personnel and the historical interpreters. We do hope that you made time to visit our Arts Museum since we expanded it by 65,000 square footage. Take care and in the meantime check our Facebook live programs.
Written May 16, 2022
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JoeHend
Bensalem, PA44 contributions
Oct 2022
The live stage programs, whether they be evening or daytime, should not be missed. NOTE: You will need to purchase a ticket (single day, multi-day, or annual pass) in order to enjoy the day and afternoon programs. Some evening programs are open to the general public. The annual pass is really your best bet.
Regardless of type of pass, you will need one to access any and all of the historic buildings and trades.
An additional perk for annual pass holders are assorted shopping, dining, and perfermance discounts, along with the opportunity to reserve free tours and programs.
Just got back, again, and although the weather was cloudy for the most part, our time there was not. Having visited there many times over the years we have established friendships and acquaintences with some of the staff and performer/interpreters. Programming is researched and first rate. All of the interpreter/performers are well versed and outstanding in their presentations.
I would suggest a visit of, at least, four days/three nights. That's a comfortable alotment of time to see what CW and possibly some time in either Yorktown or Jamestown Historical Sites (NPS).
You are also very close to Yorktown and Jamestown via the Colonial Parkway, which is a beautiful drive, with stops along the way, citing historical information at those pulloffs. Hope this helps.
Written October 30, 2022
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Thank you so much for your 5 star review. You illustrated what a future visitor can expect. Very much appreciate all of the detail and your suggestions. We look forward to your return visits - we are so glad that you have been a loyal supporter of Colonial Williamsburg. By the way, you can also view our programs at home - we have live streams. Just simply google search Colonial Williamsburg live stream. Kind regards and happy holidays to you this Fall and Winter.
Written October 31, 2022
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Joe K
Cresco, PA4 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
We purchased the single day pass through out hotel and even at a discount they were $46 each there were 4 of us so $184.00. We had to go to the visitor center with out tickets to receive our pass. They are supposed to ask if you’re a veteran at that counter which they didn’t. Veterans and military get a 10% discount in all the shops. We wanted to go on a carriage ride but you can’t schedule them in advance and we arrived at ticketing about 30min after they opened and all the rides were sold out. The brochures shows kids working with the people dressed in costumes like in the kitchen. Yeah that was never offered nor was it available. We didn’t want to go on a tour of the Governors palace but thought we had to do so to see the kitchen. The people at the main entrance were very nice and welcoming. The break the tours up in groups of 30. We had to wait outside the gate until they were ready for us. Then they let us just inside the gate to wait some more. Then a person in costume came out to give us the typical no touch no wandering speech. From that point on you would be VERY hard pressed to find a smile or any warmth on anyone in the Governor’s Palace. The young lady guiding our tour seemed as if she had some place more important to be as soon as she was done with us. She did not foster an environment where one would feel comfortable asking questions and to the few questions asked the answers were abrupt. The people who were at the doors to the rooms as we were moving through the tour were at best sullen and at worst frowning. This was the first building we went into and really set the tone for the rest of the day.
Several of the sites that we wanted to see were closed and really the only one we went into that was inviting was the furniture/harpsichord maker.

Understand you can walk the streets of Colonial Williamsburg for free. You can go into all the shops for free. If we go back I will not spend my money to go into the buildings and feel like I’m not welcome.
Written August 20, 2022
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We are very sorry for the experience that you had and the disappointment that you shared with us. We will provide your comments to the management team. We hope you will give us another chance for Veterans Day or Memorial Day weekend when we offer free admission to our military guests. Take care and safe travels.
Written August 22, 2022
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Elise S
1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Couples
We are both history buffs and expected great things. But we found what seemed like the majority of building shut (on a sunny Saturday), no accompanying museum as they have in Jamestown to set the scene, a very poor tour guide on the one house tour we did take at the governor’s mansion (she seemed most interested in telling us about the upholstery in a room we were not even permitted to see), exactly ONE person in character the whole day, and the most expensive gift shops I have ever seen at any attraction (the garb shop wanted $850 for a simple cotton period frock). And after a whole lot of walking and relatively little to show for it, we could not even get a shuttle bus back to the visitor parking, we tried to get on three different ones but every one was full before we could get near it, they were only permitting 30 people on them even though we were all in masks. We were exhausted and I was feeling ill from the lunch we had at the tavern, but we gave up and walked the half mile back to our car.

We did very much enjoy the young lady who gave us a lot of interesting info at the apothecary shop, and a few of the other staff in the period businesses were also interesting. But on the whole, I’d say save a bunch of money and go to Jamestown Settlement instead. We had a five-star experience there! Amazing history museum, amazing staff, and we loved touring the ship.

If you do visit CW anyway, I recommend parking in town for ten bucks and not using the free parking at the visitor center, it’s not worth worrying about whether you will be able to get a bus back to your car or not, and that is a very long walk after a whole day on your feet (I forgot to mention that you will find very few places to sit down, and most are backless benches).
Written October 2, 2021
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Hello, thank you for the feedback and taking the time to reach out to us. We'd love the opportunity to connect with you personally and learn more about your recent experience. Could you please email us directly at cwres@cwf.org so that a member of our team can assist?
Written October 4, 2021
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cg_cotton
Grove City, OH57 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
My wife and I spent a few days in the area and spent about 2 days here in Colonial Williamsburg experiencing what it was like to live in colonial Virginia.

We bought the seven day pass which included other attractions so we were able to visit any time during those seven days.

Would highly recommend touring the Palace and the Capitol, but the real history comes to life when you talk to the craftsmen and characters as they know their history well and present it in a unique way. We learned a lot from the those at the gunsmith, wig maker, book binder, apothecary, and touring the Wythe house.

If your time and budget allows, schedule a ghost tour or one of the experiential events like the pirate trial. It is amazing to see how much, and how little, some things have changed.
Written April 5, 2022
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Hi Chris, thank you for your review of Colonial Williamsburg and providing a vivid description of your experience here in Colonial Williiamsburg as well as the other local attractions. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you back in the Historic Area soon. In the meantime, particularly if you have children, be sure to check out our Facebook page for the online programs and events at Facebook.com/ColonialWilliamsburg All the best to you Chris.
Written April 9, 2022
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Tor L
Springfield, OH2 contributions
Apr 2022
Overall, I was a little bit disappointed with the Colonial Williamsburg experience. I felt like the tickets were overpriced and there were wait times to get into several of the smaller buildings where my wife (who had been previously) indicated they used to be more open to a quick pass-through. We traveled with 4 adults and 7 kids and if I had to do it over again, I probably would have only paid for the adults to have access to the exhibits. We arrived on a Tuesday and were disappointed by the number of things that were closed. The taverns serving food were virtually impossible to get into, as well. One of the guides told us the staff follows a theater-like schedule where most activities are closed on Mondays or Tuesdays, but this is not clearly mentioned on the Williamsburg website. In hindsight, I feel like tickets should be discounted on these days. It was an okay trip, but I was generally disappointed and probably won't go back.
Written April 27, 2022
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Hello, thank you for the feedback and taking the time to reach out to us. We are vey sorry that you did not have superb experience. We'd love the opportunity to connect with you personally and learn more about your recent experience. Could you please email us directly at cwres@cwf.org so that a member of our team can assist?
Written May 1, 2022
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Joseph H
16 contributions
Aug 2022
We went today with our 3 kids (oldest one is 6), and were sorely disappointed. I was told that Williamsburg was geared for kids and adults alike. Tickets were very expensive indeed but I thought it will be worth the price. But my kids were very bored most of the time. The artisans weren't interactive, they said how things were made and explained things well, but there was no hands-on, or demonstrations of how things were made. When we were in mystic seaport or museum village, they were more interactive, showing how printing was done, and candles with wax, and they even let the kids do it themselves, in short they were interactive. But there was nothing like that kind of interactions here. If I would have gone without my kids I might have enjoyed it, because some of the artisans seemed knowledgeable and had a lot to share, and I consider myself a history buff. But being that my kids were bored and tugging at my pants the whole time, and they weren't demonstrating anything to catch my kids imagination, I left the place feeling wasted and disappointed. My brother took along his 12 year old, but he didn't seem very engaged either. I would say it is mainly geared for adults, I would not recommend this place for kids under the age of 12.
Written August 15, 2022
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Hello, thank you for the feedback and taking the time to reach out to us. We'd love the opportunity to connect with you personally and learn more about your recent experience. Could you please email us directly at cwres@cwf.org so that a member of our team can assist?
Written August 17, 2022
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Diane J
Sand Springs, OK9 contributions
Oct 2022
This is a wonderful place to experience our country's earlier history. It's like going back in time, as there are character-actors dressed in period costumes walking through the town and in the shops. The buildings are either original or restored on their original foundations. To really experience it, you must plan on a full day here (or 2 or 3!). You can walk around and go into many of the shops for free, but to go into some of the buildings you must buy a pass, which is fairly expensive, especially for a family. This is a must-see if you are in the area.
Written October 21, 2022
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Thank you so much for your 5-star review of Colonial Williamsburg and your description of what visitors can expect. We always suggest that visitors check our website for the various promotions we offer for our admission tickets. Just google search Colonial Williamsburg special offers. We look forward to your return visit. Be sure to check out our livestream programs when returning home. Google search Colonial Williamsburg livestream. Kind regards.
Written October 24, 2022
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VaCalif
Richmond, VA3 contributions
Sep 2021
My wife and I visited Colonial Williamsburg and stayed in the Orlando Jones Kitchen just off the Duke of Gloucester.

We paid over $400 for the night and had the following unpleasant experiences. These issues were conveyed to Colonial Williamsburg’s management and we subsequently received an email apology stating corrections were going to be made. “Your valuable feedback allows us to correct all problems you’ve encountered” we were told. That said, however, we wanted to know what the corrections would be. Management didn’t bother to get back with us. One can assume their apology was a means of trying to placate us with hopes we would not provide this review.

Staying at Colonial Williamsburg is expensive and it appears the standards of the property are not up to the task of the amount you are charged.

1. An employee, dressed in costume, yelled at us when we were looking for parking next to the Orlando Jones Kitchen. There were no barricades or signs saying keep out. The employee was extremely impolite, rude, argumentative, and aggressive. He was not at all friendly or helpful. We felt this person has no business being involved with guests and yet he was dressed in costume to entertain. Perhaps this demonstrates management’s poor judgment in hiring or training.

2. Sleeping all night was challenging due to a constant banging noise in the house. My wife and I woke many times and decided to get up early as the sound made it impossible to sleep. We definitely did not have a restful night.

3. The price we paid included a pass to see a number of museum houses. Unfortunately, several were closed and one specifically due to “filming”. We certainly didn’t receive all the benefits that were entitled to us.

If you are going to Colonial Williamsburg, be on guard for unfriendly employees, sounds that will keep you awake and the potential of having some of the museum houses closed. We only live about an hour away and cancelled our 3 night’s visit in December when we arrived home.
Written October 10, 2021
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Hello, thank you for the feedback and taking the time to reach out to us. We'd love the opportunity to connect with you personally and learn more about your recent experience. Could you please email us directly at cwres@cwf.org so that a member of our team can assist?
Written October 12, 2021
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