With Colonial Williamsburg tickets, you can explore the challenges of 18th-century life against the backdrop of the American Revolution and interact with the townspeople. Enjoy historical reenactments, trade shops, world-class art museums, vibrant gardens, costume interpreter guided tours of historic buildings, parking and complimentary shuttle service.
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.
Colonial Williamsburg is part of Virginia's Historic Triangle which includes Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. It's located at 101 Visitor Center Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185, midway between Richmond and Virginia Beach.
Colonial Williamsburg is open 365 days a year.
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.
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.
Automobiles are not permitted in the Revolutionary City, but shuttle-bus service is provided. Colonial Williamsburg parking is available at the Visitor Center. 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 “Colonial Williamsburg This Week” program guide available at the Visitor Center. Shuttles with wheelchair lifts are available. Shuttle service is free to all ticket and pass holders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While you do not need a ticket to walk around the city, admission tickets are required to enter buildings and experience programs in the Historic Area, including interpreter-guided tours of the city's most iconic sites. Your admission ticket also grants you access to multiple programs throughout the day on the Charlton and Play House stages as well as the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, including stage-programs and performance twice a day in the Hennage Auditorium. You’ll also be able to take advantage of Colonial Williamsburg's complimentary shuttle service.