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Merchants Square

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Inspired by the rich architectural heritage of the 18th century, Merchants Square blends the atmosphere found in the adjacent Historic Area of Colonial Williamsburg with 21st-century shopping and dining. This is a shopping experience unlike any...more
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134 N Henry St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4138
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If crave to get back to modern times after exploring Colonial Williamsburg, there are several cute shops and eateries within walking distance of the far end of Colonial Williamsburg. Parking lots and a parking garage are available. I usually buy an ornament in one of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jmbc04
Reviewed November 16, 2018

This is a quaint shopping area with nice shops!! There are great places to eat and it has plenty of places to park!!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BKollman
Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

I can’t imaging Williamsburg without a stop or two in Merchants Square. It is a great collection of shops and restaurants that are enjoyed day and night. There is bus service from Colonial Williamsburg and it drops you off right at the bathrooms. There is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tandhgoraj
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful pedestrian mall with restaurants, specialty stores. Binns Fashion Shop has relocated. Wythe Candy, Peanut Shop among the classics. Two or three upscale restaurants, Baskin Robbins, Cheese Shop deli, Mellow Mushroom. Walkable to historic area. Has fee-based parking garage.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kim H
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

We came for Columbus day weekend as we had never visited here before. The shops are so unique for gifts you wont find elsewhere. There was an art festival as well. Great place to walk, shop, and grab a bite to eat!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Simonedebbie
Reviewed October 5, 2018

There are a lot of restaurants here and most got great reviews on Trip advisor. There are also a lot of small shops here, and are all within walking distance to each other. The Christmas Shop is small and a little pricey. They also have...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Deborah J B
Reviewed September 26, 2018

Seemed a bit contrived, perhaps superficial; although attempting an historical balance, it still had a modern mall atmosphere.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank RonWamberal
Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

Very nice area to walk around and shop and get a bite to eat. Convenient parking all around and right at the start of historic Duke of Gloucester st.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank JonathanR893
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Had a good lunch (at Aromas) & then tasted some wine at Williamsburg Winery in Merchant square. It was nice but it was not like being at the winery.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank pnd5618
Reviewed August 22, 2018 via mobile

It is a great place to hang,out shop,learn,and get some candy!!!!! We had a great time there and will be going back soon

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Julia M
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Julia M
August 21, 2018|
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Response from wendymF3327FO | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are allowed. There is even a restaurant that allows them on the patio. Saturday at the wonderful farmer's market, it almost turns into a dog show as well but all dogs "MUST" be well behaved. No fighting or aggression... More
Sandy Z
July 13, 2018|
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August 3, 2017|
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Response from boxshop | Reviewed this property |
Angel the stores do typically close but restaurants are open. It is highly recommended to get reservations. It can be busy. Enjoy this beautiful area. Safe travels.
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Williamsburg, VA
Trellis Restaurant to Reopen Monday (4 Replies)
The Trellis Restaurant, located at Merchants Square at the western end of Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamsburg, will reopen Monday, April 19 after being refurbished this past winter. David Everett, the owner of Blue Talon Bistro, also in Merchants Square, purchased the 29 year old restaurant last fall. The newly remodeled restaurant will still feature the famous Death by Chocolate dessert, as the former pastry chef is still there. The reborn restaurant, which seats about 200, will...More
April 15, 2010|
Response fromcolonialgirl|
Thank you, Bix, for posting this info. I've been checking their website for updates. My husband and I have plans to visit CW in early June; so, I hope diners will post their meal reviews prior to that. We enjoyed the Trellis before it began its steady decline over the past several years. Hopefully, it will regain its reputation under new management. Colonialgirl
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Where to park for Ghost Tour?? (5 Replies)
I'm doing the Ghost Tour in Merchants Square Sat night. It meets in front of the Cheese Shop. They said there are free parking spots nearby on the website. Anyone know where exactly is this parking? Does it have any time limits?? Thx!! First time in Williamsburg doing a tour.
September 05, 2017|
Response fromCTDesign|
There's plenty of parking on several side streets. I believe the time limits only are in effect until 6 or 7 pm. Many CW free short term 2 hr lots should work for you as well.
Wichita, Kansas
Possible 5-day itinerary - your thoughts? (8 Replies)
We will be in Williamsburg July 2 - 8 (Sunday - Saturday) but getting in later on Sunday and leaving early Saturday. We have the 7-4-1 Flex tickets so we can "hop" and we're staying at the Quality Inn Lord Paget. It's important to me to properly pace for our children (meaning that we'll be doing activities in the morning until right after lunch, back to the motel for rest time and then back out for other things). Please let me know any feedback you have or any correction to my infomation. ...More
May 13, 2006|
Response fromZoey1996|
This looks like a good plan to me. You didn't say how old your kids are, but this looks like a good mix of historical and frivolous. I'm an adult who thinks historical is lots of fun. You may want to time your visits to Colonial Williamsburg to catch both days of the Revolutionary City presentation. Rev City is presented daily from about 2:30 - 4:30 daily. Day 1 covers the 1774 - ? period, while Day 2 is focused on the end of the War (1778 - 1781). Then Yorktown, where Cornwallis surrendered,...More