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, historic interpretations, museums, and events. Landmarks include the Governor's Palace, the Capitol, the Raleigh Tavern, and historic Duke of Gloucester Street.
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  • Raymond G
    Irwin, Pennsylvania39 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
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 21 July 2023
  • MichaelsFood
    Greenwich, New York314 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
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    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
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    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 Carolina70 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
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    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Dave K
    Magnolia, Texas25 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
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    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
  • scubachick029
    Knoxville, Tennessee173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit!
    SO much to see and do. You need a minimum of two days to see. We loved it. I will definitely go again!!! Dont miss the shops in downtown Williamsburg as well. As info, the buses that take you from the visitor center/ticket area do offer handicap seating and area for your scooters! Side note: A LOT of walking and steps into some of the buildings.
    Thank you so much for your positive feedback and your enthusiasm about Colonial Williamsburg. Your tips are also helpful for future guests. Thank you again for taking the time to write a review. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
    Written 10 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 October 2023
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Paul P
Locks Heath, UK63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
We were visiting from the UK and doing a US road trip and Williamsburg was one of our favourite places on the whole trip. Williamsburg is a wonderful place to visit for an authentic colonial experience. It is a living open museum and the admission gets you into various buildings around the town so you could just visit and wander round without buying an admission ticket. Having said that it was well worth buying the ticket to enable you to go in and experience all the artisans doing their various different trades and going into the historic buildings, for example The Governor's Palace.
Written 12 July 2024
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Debbie K
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
My son took pictures the entire time we were there. We expected to only be there a couple of hours but ended up spending the entire day. My only negative was there weren't a lot of lunch options.
Written 2 July 2024
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Thank you for your review. We are delighted that your son took alot of beautiful photographs of our historic area. We hope that you checked out the lunch options at Merchants Square - modern day restaurants.
Written 4 July 2024
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Sarah W
32 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Didn't live up to the marketing or my memories from 20 years ago. The tradespeople didn't re-enact, they just wore costumes and chatted like any other shop. Somehow the concept of connecting the physical experience to the information has been lost -in the animal talk they 'parked' the oxen then showed laminated pages of sheep and spoke about them at length. The kids were bored of course. Uh, tell about the oxen standing there?!

I didn't find any reasonable way to sample/experience historical food other than multi-course sit down meat dinner, which is not our thing.

The actors were good, but the message of the street theatre got quite heavy handed, lecturing the visitors directly about race.

In the future, I will know better than to visit the South in June. We were flattened by the heat. I hope CW can do more showing, less telling.
Written 2 July 2024
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Thank you, Sarah, for your review of Colonial Williamsburg. Your visits directly support our mission of preservation and education.
Written 4 July 2024
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Melissa J
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
Highlights include: The King's Arms Tavern and a delightfully informative waiter, a tour of the Randolph house with a guide named Ginny, a capitol building with a guide named Brandon, street theater scenes
Written 30 June 2024
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Thank you so much for your 5-star review and highlighting the team members that made your visit so memorable. We truly appreciate it and look forward to seeing you again soon. Safe travels.
Written 4 July 2024
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TappinIvories
Stratford, NJ17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved every minute! We visited with four kids under 10 and they were all completely caught up in the history. Every person we encountered in the trades and shops was happy to help us and engage with our children. The tours of the palace and capitol building were very informative but short enough for the kids to sit through. We were slightly disappointed in the new brick makers location, at the old one the kids were able to step into the clay pit and make bricks, this one was more of a demonstration. We also did the carriage ride- Andre, the driver, was fantastic. He engaged with our kids and entertained us with stories as he drove. One place for improvement would be water bottle filling stations- it was ungodly hot while we were there and there was only a couple of water fountains which are difficult to refill at. But 10/10 will definitely return!!
Written 29 June 2024
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Thank you so much for your positive feedback and appreciation of the team at our trades buildings and shops. We have passed along your comment regarding the water fountains to our operations management. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Visit us during the December holidays - the weather is much easier and the decorations are gorgeous.
Written 4 July 2024
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Santojoy000
Hudson, WI7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We first visited Colonial Williamsburg 35 years ago with our sons and it was an amazing, vibrant, interactive experience. We visited this year with two of our grandsons, hoping for a similar experience. We were extremely disappointed. The living history trades people were knowledgeable and interesting. The problem was there were so few of them and they were far and few between with many of the buildings closed. They were out numbered by shops, many selling the same overpriced, cheaply made reproductions of items from the period. The restaurants offered overpriced, dry hamburgers for $16 and chicken fingers, $4.00 for a 12 oz pop and $8.00 for a beer. An over abundance of Grocery stores sold ice cream, candy, pop and water. They made it difficult to refill water bottles as there were only water fountains and no spigots. Way over priced and commercialized. We were very disappointed.
Written 28 June 2024
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Hello, thank you so much for the feedback and taking the time to reach out to us. We would appreciate 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 you directly?
Written 4 July 2024
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GDown776
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
I'd like to give it zero stars. Condescending tour guide preached and yelled about power and prestige in the 1700s. We left the tour early because it was so ridiculous and a waste of time. Very little history of the Randolphs was provided, her basic message was that the Randolphs and other wealthy colonists were bad people. She and other interpreters in Colonial Williamsburg seemed to only convey their judgment of the colonists and rant about enslaved people. I am sure the Randolphs made contributions in early America, but I left with no idea about what they were.
Written 22 June 2024
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Thank you for your review of Colonial Williamsburg. Your visits directly support our mission of preservation and education.
Written 26 June 2024
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BAR845
Englewood, FL472 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
This is by far the best living history museum we have ever been to. The grounds and buildings were well maintained and kept clean. The real stars were the staff. Everyone was polite friendly and helpful. The interpreters were phenomenal! If you didn't engage they would. Asking if you had questions. Many museums like this have staff that memorize a script. Not here. All interpreters were very knowledgeable. When asked questions "off script" they were able to supply answers. Or, if unknown they would tell you why. If they didn't know the answers it was because no one did. Every one came across like this was so enjoyable to them. No one is that good of an actor. They really enjoy what they do and it shows. We especially appreciate how history was presented in a fact based manor. The good, the bad and the ugly. No sermonizing and no woke nonsense.

Parking in Williamsburg is strange. Some lots are free. Some have a time limit. Our advice is to park at the visitor's center. Free parking if you buy an admission ticket. You do want to buy a ticket. You can walk around for free but need a ticket to enter the buildings and events. You especially do not want to miss the Governor's Mansion and Capitol Building tours. Most tours are offered several times a day. There are also demonstrations throughout the day. Musket firing. Cannon firing, etc.

There is a bus free to those with tickets. It travels around the perimeter of the site with several stops. We strongly advise you walk the trail from the visitors center to the site. Supposed to be 1/3 of a mile but seemed longer. The trail is very pretty through woods and the back side of a recreated farm. It is paved and accessible a bit hilly for a wheelchair though, but doable. It is worth the walk. If you are tired at the end of the day you can take the bus back as we did. A word of warning. There is a LOT of walking and standing. Seriously! If you have issues like I do then plan on breaks. Even in June it was HOT! So plan to take breaks and drink water. There are benches and shade throughout. There are places to eat from sit down restaurants to snacks. A bit pricey but they do have huge expenses to keep this site in such good repair as well as the excellent staff.

We did it in a day and saw maybe half. If we did it over we would have done two days.

There are carriage rides but we didn't take one. We didn't notice the drivers talking to the passengers so we think it is just a ride. Love horses, but without getting extra info we didn't think it was worth the ride.

The site is accessible but most buildings are not. No ramps or elevators for the most part. They do rent the little rascal type scooters at the visitor's center and where the bus first drops you off. So if it appears to be too much walking you can look into that.

We think older kids will like this museum. Younger children may be bored. There is plenty of outside space to burn off energy though.

It was nice that you could get a lot of information without having to read it all. I am an avid history buff and have devoured a lot of information about this period of American history, but still learned some things I didn't know. If you love history you will not be disappointed.
Written 20 June 2024
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write a full detailed description of your visit with Colonial Williamsburg. We appreciate that you took the time to describe various aspects. Please note that regarding our parking that anyone can park at the Visitor Center for free. It does not require an admission ticket. We look forward to seeing you again. We truly appreciate that you are a history buff. Kind regards.
Written 26 June 2024
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radiant1028
Jacksonville, FL26 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I have mixed feelings about Colonial Williamsburg. I have visited a few times over my lifetime. It’s been a while since my last visit so I was very disappointed to see that not all areas are open everyday. We went on a Sunday and many things were closed. I wish I was told this when we booked the room at Williamsburg Lodge. There seems to be more souvenir type stores open which I found tacky for the whole period experience. I was also very disappointed to find my FAVORITE ginger cake was not the same- at all. It was much smaller, overcooked and hard. I bought one on two different days. We also went to the haunted walk one night. I can’t remember our tour guides name but I found her very hard to follow- almost annoying to listen to. Otherwise, I found the places that were open to be enjoyable, informative and well presented.
Written 19 June 2024
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Thank you for your support of Colonial Williamsburg. We appreciate your feedback. If you visit again, feel free to check the daily programs online before you visit to select a day that works for your schedule and interests. Kind regards.
Written 26 June 2024
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Pittsburgh, PA122,611 contributions
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Colonial Williamsburg was a pleasant experience.The exhibits were very nice. You can get a free bus ride from the visitor center.we only covered a small portion and had to leave because of the high heat. I would advise visiting in the spring or fall
Written 19 June 2024
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Thank you for your comments regarding your visit. The summer months can be challenging to visit. Spring, fall and the holiday time period are the best times to visit. We look forward to seeing you again. Best regards.
Written 26 June 2024
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