Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg
4.5
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8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:45 AM - 5:00 PM
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Colonial Williamsburg, a 301-acre living history museum, brings travelers back in time to colonial Virginia through immersive experiences, historical reenactments, museums, and events. Prominent landmarks like the Raleigh Tavern, the Capitol, and the Governor’s Palace have been lovingly reconstructed, and travelers can walk through the entire historic area free of charge—although there are also ticketed attractions to enjoy, such as carriage rides around the historical center. Be sure to buy advance tickets to watch staged adaptations of historical events, from 'Cry Witch' to 'To Hang a Pirate'. – Tripadvisor
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  • anderson213
    Hannibal, Missouri796 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best is in the evening
    To me, Colonial Williamsburg is less to do with the morning activities that you can now see throughout America (in similar ways) at various historical locations, but instead the evening performances. One of the best is the "To Hang a Pirate" trial based on a real event that took place in 1719 Williamsburg. This is a must!
    Thank you for your comments regarding the evening programs. We are pleased that you enjoyed the "To Hang a Pirate" program.. We look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards.
    Written 19 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Raymond G
    Irwin, Pennsylvania37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Generations of memories
    LAst week we visited Colonial Williamsburg. I have been there many times, but this time was special. It was with my kids. Now they are grown, young adults, but none-the-less. They will remember. My wife wanted pictures of them in the stocks, I wanted them to have a ginger ale. I guess, in the end, we wanted them to leave with a memory of time with their parents. Williamsburg is the perfect place to make these memories. It has adapted over the years, but you know the quality of the visit will be the same. Memories that will last forever! Cheers!
    Thank you for such a delightful review and sharing your sentiments with us about Colonial Williamsburg. We love that we have added to your family memories. We truly appreciate your loyal support over the years and we look forwward to seeing you again - with your children and grandchildren too. Kind regards.
    Written 26 July 2023
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    Visited July 2023
    Written 21 July 2023
  • MichaelsFood
    Greenwich, New York312 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    These folks actually taught me many very interesting things - THANK YOU!
    Even though 99% of the area is comprised of replicas, everything is done very very well. Staff is not shy about that, either. They are sharing knowledge of our country's history in a setting that seems very real. Be sure to get the three day pass... you'll need it LOL
    We are delighted that you truly enjoyed your historical experience at Colonial Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg is the largest outdoor living museum in the country, upholding our educational mission through immersive, authentic 18th-century experiences and programming for our guests. Our mission is that the future may learn from the past. We truly look forward to your return visit with your family and friends. Kind regards.
    Written 26 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Kathy C
    Seneca, South Carolina63 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see for all ages!
    I grew up coming to WIlliamsburg with my mom and brother. As I got older, I made it a priority to bring my children here as well. Everyone loves it! However, time has passed and it has been 12 years since I have been! I was glad to see that the charms of Williamsburg are still there. We did a carriage ride (a must do) and toured many of the historic homes and shops. I was a bit disappointed that the interupitors were allowed to "get out of character." The food offerings are not great in the historical areas as the taverns book up quickly (and are expensive). Plan ahead with snacks or time in your schedule to walk several blocks. The shuttle service is a wonderful thing to use.
    Hello, thanks for visiting and taking the time to leave a review. We value customer feedback and are committed to the continuous improvement of our guest experience. We also appreciate the helpful tips you provided to future visitors. Take care.
    Written 30 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • MLB
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Freedom’s Paradox Tour
    We so enjoyed the Freedom’s Paradox tour narrated by Tracy. It was extremely hot out so instead of the walking tour we sat on benches in the shade. I am so glad we did this as it was easy to hear all her researched, informative and clearly knowledgeable perspective on enslaved peoples struggles, This is a most tour.
    Thank you so much for your positive feedback regarding Tracy and our Freedom's Paradox program. It is so important to share our history in Colonial Williamsburg and the difficulties that the enslaved people experienced. Take care and we look forward to seeing you again.
    Written 13 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Ern49
    Charlotte, North Carolina68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb educational experience for all ages
    This was a re-visit after the 1980's -they have air conditioning now! More employees in costume. The individual characters with monologues are superb and should not be overlooked. The carriage ride is a bit pricey, but it's always sold out; we went and the coachman was a wealth of information.
    Thank you so much for pointing out the highlights of your trip including our interpretive team especially our Nations Builder program as well as the carriage ride experience as well. We look forward to seeing you again.
    Written 31 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 August 2023
  • jhild6
    Glen Rock, New Jersey11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do.
    Carriage ride was awesome & worth every penny. Took the ride for pleasure but quickly became engaged with friendly driver who was happy to fill us in on all the history around us. Was one of our favorite things we did. There is a discount rate with daily admission tickets.
    We are delighted that you enjoyed the carriage ride These sell out quickly each day so we are pleased that you had an enjoyable time with our carriage ride team. We look forward to seeing you again.
    Written 31 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Dave K
    Magnolia, Texas26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place - must visit
    Make sure you plan your visit around the special dramatizations. We listened to some amazing history from George Washington, George Mason, Thomas Wythe, James Madison and more. Kings Arm Tavern great place to eat. Book your carriage ride early in the day before it fills up.
    Hello Dave. We are delighted that you enjoyed your historical experience at Colonial Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg is the largest outdoor living museum in the country, upholding our educational mission through immersive, authentic 18th-century experiences and programming for our guests. Our mission is that the future may learn from the past. We are pleased that you experienced all of our interpretive programs and our Nations Builder team. Thank you for the suggestion regarding the carriage rides. They are popular. Be sure to leave a separate Trip Advisor review for the Kings Arm Tavern. We truly look forward to your return visit with your family and friends. Kind regards.
    Written 25 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 September 2023
  • James M
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom239 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Two Towns in One
    The whole Williamsburg experience was not made clear to the casual visitor. There was the more modern town of Williamsburg and Colonial Williamsburg. The 2 locations melded into one and a visitor could wander from one to the other. If a visitor wanted a detailed internal view of the colonial buildings with a building guide then a ticket was required at about $50 each. A casual tourist who might just require a feel of the colonial town layout, building types, people in period dress etc can get this for free. Both towns were really a worthwhile visit. A beautiful area.
    Thank you for your review of Colonial Williamsburg. Your visits directly support our mission of preservation and education.
    Written 2 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • ARL2601
    220 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    a tad of a money grab, but still well done
    I think the people who work as the tradesmen and women are dedicated and well versed and generally very entertaining educators. If you want to lean about colonial life, you'll enjoy this. The main problem seems to be they are resting on their fame a little bit and grossly upcharging. $50 a day to walk the main strip and listen to all the people you care to. Not all of the places were open when we went which I don't think there's a way to know until you get there. Every other experience is an additional charge. Overpriced period taverns. Set right up next to a block of modern stores and then the university the next street over - both of which ruin the atmosphere a bit.
    Thank you for your review of Colonial Williamsburg. Your visits directly support our mission of preservation and education. We appreciate your feedback.
    Written 2 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
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StigJim
Alliance, OH682 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our third trip to Colonial Williamsburg and, once again, it brought colonial and early American history to life. We used two days this time, which seemed like a reasonable amount of time to take it in. My wife and I both thought that the historical interpreters and craftspeople seemed more engaging than in past visits, so we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Written 12 May 2024
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We are very pleased that you returned for a third time and enjoyed your visit with our historical interpreters. We strive to change the programs to keep it fresh and entertaining and at the same time to maintain the historical perspective. Each year new discoveries underline the continuous opportunity we have to expand the human stories we tell through site interpretation and programming and your support makes that opportunity a reality. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you again.
Written 14 May 2024
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PegGolden
North Chicago, IL45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an amazing, historical place this is. Beautifully kept up and a real snapshot of life in colonial Williamsburg in the 1700s. Lots of the houses and buildings were open with employees dressed in garb from the period and telling you about life back in colonial times. You learn so much but it didn't feel like history lesson! Absolutely beautiful place to see.
Written 7 May 2024
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Hello Tim. We are delighted that you enjoyed your historical experience at Colonial Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg is the largest outdoor living museum in the country, upholding our educational mission through immersive, authentic 18th-century experiences and programming for our guests. Our mission is that the future may learn from the past. We truly look forward to your return visit with your family and friends. Kind regards.
Written 14 May 2024
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peterm167
Fort Lauderdale, FL28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great historical experience. Learned so much about colonial America. The restorations and reconstructions are incredible.
Written 7 May 2024
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Thank you for your 5-star review. In addition to the colonial history, the Historic Trades and Skills community at Colonial Williamsburg uses 18th-century tools and techniques to apprentice in and eventually master more than 20 historic trades and skills. These world-renowned experts not only make goods and provide services to the Historic Area, they also consult and produce for other cultural institutions around the world. You will not find a trades community with so many experts in one place anywhere else.
Written 14 May 2024
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moodblu
West Valley City, UT1,437 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
On our US History tour, we were limited to 3 hours at Colonial Williamsburg between the opening time and when we had to leave for our flight home. This is not the fault of Colonial Williamsburg. Although we’ve been there before, we really would have liked to spent longer there. Truthfully, you could spend 2-3 days, maybe more. The tour we had with a Williamsburg guide named Brandon was very limited and didn’t really tell us much about the profound historical events, eloquent words spoken, and the heritage of the place. The narrative concentrated more on the culture side of the history. The tour didn’t go into any of the homes, such as the Wythe or Randolph home, visited only one tavern, and a couple of businesses. My husband and I went off on our own partway through, when we realized it was not going to the places we wanted to go. Still, I did enjoy our visit there, just wish it had been longer, and I’d rather have toured on our own as everyone’s interests are different as to what would be meaningful to them.
Written 6 May 2024
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Thank you for your review. I believe that you are providing a review of a walking tour that is conducted by a private company that is not affiliated with Colonial Williamsburg. Our admission ticket provides entrance to all of the buildings and includes programs provided by interpreter and speakers who are playing the roles of our founding fathers such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
Written 14 May 2024
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Larry Cindy
Slanesville, WV8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Took short trip to visit Williamsburg this past weekend. What a great place to go to relax and unwind. Take a step back in time and visit a historical site or just enjoy the country side. Lots of places to shop and a good variety of restaurants for food. Everywhere you go is a friendly face that welcomes you to the area!
Written 30 April 2024
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We are delighted that you enjoyed your historical experience at Colonial Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg is the largest outdoor living museum in the country, upholding our educational mission through immersive, authentic 18th-century experiences and programming for our guests. Our mission is that the future may learn from the past. We truly look forward to your return visit with your family and friends. Kind regards.
Written 14 May 2024
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Successfx
Seaford, NY84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It’s a great place to go at your own pace, especially with young kids. You can tour that area at your own pace and if you need a break you can always come back or go to the merchant square to recharge, its as involved as you want it to be
Written 28 April 2024
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Thank you so much for your review and appreciate your insight regarding how to handle the pace, especially with young children. Merchants Square is the exact spot to recharge - enjoy a pizza, salad or sandwiches. We look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards.
Written 14 May 2024
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Carlton W
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Colonial Williamsburg is an outstanding experience! The historians do a magnificent job. They are experts in their subject, present themselves professionally and enthusiastically. The grounds are immaculate! Been to Williamsburg many times over the years. The greatest disappointment is the bus shuttle service. At one time it was five stars, now a one. Buses are overcrowded (often standing room only), infrequent, and seemed to be inadequately maintained. For example, one had defective speaker system, another had flat tire with a full bus load. One bus was 20 minutes tardy. I presume management thought they would save money by contracting service with WATA. Maybe, but the price is customer dissatisfaction and potential lawsuit if someone is injured in standing room only buses.
Written 24 April 2024
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Thank you so much regarding your comments about our historians and the experience you had within Colonial Williamsburg. We truly appreciate it. We are very sorry about the shuttle bus experience. We have provided your comments to CW management and WATA management. Thank you for sharing this feedback with us.
Written 14 May 2024
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Ethel H
Cincinnati, OH81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We stayed at Williamsburg Woodlands hotel, it was very nice there and was great to be in walking distance of everything. They do have a shuttle, but we enjoyed the walk to the exhibits and shopping. The hotel was very clean, reasonable priced and the staff was very helpful. I really liked how the had the breakfast. It was a lot of fresh, good fruit (no green or brown bananas) They had cups of pineapple and other fruits. They also had breakfast burritos and sausage muffins everyday. It rotated daily.
Going in the houses and shops in the historical area was really cool. Every place you went to something was going, the shoemaker was making shoes, the blacksmith working, the seamstress sewing. They all explained what they were doing. We even got to attend a court hearing where they had volunteers participate. It's a great learning experience for both children and adults as well.
Written 17 April 2024
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We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay at the Woodlands Hotel and touring Colonial Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg is the largest outdoor living museum in the country, upholding our educational mission through immersive, authentic 18th-century experiences and programming for our guests. Our mission is that the future may learn from the past. We truly look forward to your return visit with your family and friends. Kind regards.
Written 24 April 2024
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TWEJr
Greenwood, SC89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Wife and I took a week off for my Birthday and did the Americas Historic Triangle. We had a great time visiting Colonial Williamsburg, we took our time and stopped at all locations that were open. Visited the Church and got a great briefing on the history of it. Also got educated on a property by a Gentlemen name William Blanton, did an excellent job, very knowledgeable.

We also visited the Colonial Williamsburg Museum, this was a full day visit as well. They have a lot of great items, loved the weapons section and the old furniture and where they came from.

Jamestown and Yorktown were excellent visits. Jamestown has a glass blowing shop, please stop by and purchase one of their excellent items. Touring the Exhibition site was great, especially seeing the replica fort and boats and Native village.

We also enjoyed visiting the actual town and museum of Jamestown. A lot of great artifacts and historical items.

We visited all the locations 5 years ago, but we missed Yorktown, we went this time and wasn't disappointed. Great Museum with tons of artifacts and historical information. Also has a military camp site set up with live characters detailing how it was back in those days. Experience a Musket and Cannon shooting, as well as a farm from the Colonial days. Well worth the trip.

We toured the Surrender field where the British surrendered to Washington and his troops. Toured the battlefield and visited the graves of our Civil War Veterans that are buried there.

Dont miss out, take time to visit our great Countries history.
Written 16 April 2024
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Thank you so much for taking the time to describe your visit to the Historic Triangle - Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown. We are delighted that you took in all of the history. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards.
Written 17 April 2024
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Mychelle K
55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
So many things to experience. We enjoys the musket demonstration, the court session and touring the Governor’s Mansion and Capitol. We also found the apothecary, blacksmith, joiner and dressmaker interactions to be very enlightening.
Written 15 April 2024
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Thank you so much for your 5-star review and pointing out the highlights of your visit including the specific trades team members and our historical sites, such as the Palace, Capitol land the Courthouse. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards.
Written 17 April 2024
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