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Colonial Williamsburg is the world's largest living history museum, covering over 300 acres, featuring more than forty historic sites and trades, four historic taverns, and two world-class art museums.

There's never been a better time to plan your trip to the 18th century!


  • Frequently Asked Questions


    Where is Colonial Williamsburg?

    Colonial Williamsburg is located in Williamsburg, Virginia, and is part of Virginia's Historic Triangle, which includes Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. We're located midway between Richmond and Virginia Beach, and 150 miles south of Washington, DC.

    What are the hours of operation?

    Colonial Williamsburg is open 365 days a year. Most historic trades and sites are open from 9 am to 5 pm with evening programs running well into the night. The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are open daily from 10 am to 7 pm. Restaurant and store hours vary.

    What happens during inclement weather?

    When adverse weather occurs, we encourage guests to explore the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, as well as take a tour of the Governor's Palace and the Capitol, which are all indoor activities.

    Is Colonial Williamsburg accessible?

    Visit our accessibility page for more information.

    What do I do if there is an emergency?

    Colonial Williamsburg has a security force available 24/7. In the event of an emergency, please call 911 or speak with any employee for assistance.

    Can I bring my gun to Colonial Williamsburg

    Firearms and weapons are prohibited at Colonial Williamsburg. Only Colonial Williamsburg sworn security personnel and law enforcement officers are permitted to bring firearms or other weapons of any kind onto Foundation property or onto Foundation parking lots.

    Can I bring my pet onto Colonial Williamsburg property?

    Yes. Pets are allowed on certain areas of Colonial Williamsburg property if they are on a leash and under direct control of the handler at all times. Specifically, pets are allowed in parts of the Historic Area including Duke of Gloucester Street, Colonial Williamsburg’s shuttle buses and the Visitor Center. Pets are not permitted in the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, Rockefeller Library, administrative buildings, on carriages or ox carts, retail outlets, trade sites, historic buildings or in any site or Colonial Williamsburg owned facilities requiring an admission ticket. Pets are also not permitted in Colonial Williamsburg facilities that serve food, which includes outdoor eating areas. Dangerous animals or animals that are not on a leash or otherwise under the control of their owner are prohibited. Owners are required to pick up after the pets. We reserve the right to request owners to remove a pet that is disrupting Colonial Williamsburg programming. Colonial Williamsburg hotels each have specific pet policies. Click one of the hotel properties below to review its pet policy.


    Do I need a ticket?

    Admission tickets are required to enter buildings and experience programming in the Historic Area. With your ticket, visit over forty historic trades and sites, tour homes and government buildings, visit colonial gardens, and get access to both of our world-class Art Museums. You'll also be able to take advantage of our complimentary shuttle service, take interpreter-led tours of the Governor's Palace and the Capitol, and get seasonal discounts on carriage rides.

    Where do I buy tickets?

    Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center, the Merchants Square Ticket Office, the Lumber House Ticket Office, and the William Pitt Shop, as well as online and with the Colonial Williamsburg Explorer app. Ticketing agents can answer any questions that you might have. Agents are available by phone at (877) 392-3786 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

    What should I see?

    When you arrive, start your visit at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center to pick up a free copy of the "Colonial Williamsburg Map & Program Guide" and "Today's Programs." These guides will show you which buildings are open and which programs are offered during your visit along with a map and helpful tips. You can also explore our interest-based itineraries to start planning your adventure.

    Which buildings are open?

    Buildings with flags at their entrances are open to ticket holders. Not all buildings are open to the public; some are privately occupied by employees of Colonial Williamsburg and their families, and some hold administrative offices.

    How do I reserve a carriage or wagon ride?

    Tickets are sold on the day of the ride at all Colonial Williamsburg ticket locations and on the Colonial Williamsburg Explorer app. Availability is limited, and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, so purchase your tickets early in the day. Carriages may be cancelled due to weather.


    Where can I stay?

    Colonial Williamsburg's official hotels offer a range of accommodations. Whether you are traveling for business, looking for a romantic getaway, or planning a family vacation, you'll find an option that will meet your needs. Visit the Colonial Williamsburg Hotels site for more information.


    Are there places to eat?

    From Historic Taverns to modern sandwich shops and bistros, the Historic Area, Colonial Williamsburg Hotels, and Merchants Square have plenty of choices to please all tastes.



    Where should I park?

    Parking is recommended at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center, which is free. The City of Williamsburg operates a pay-by-the-hour parking garage as well as other timed parking lots.

    Where is the nearest airport?

    There are more than 200 flights daily into three nearby airports: Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) (20 minutes), Norfolk International Airport (ORF) (45 minutes), or Richmond International Airport (RIC) (45 minutes)

    Where is the nearest train station?

    Amtrak serves the Williamsburg Transportation Center with a connecting train from Washington, DC. The center is just blocks from Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area and offers car rentals and taxi service.

    Is there a shuttle bus?

    Complimentary shuttle buses run from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. for Colonial Williamsburg ticket holders and passholders, and guests staying at official Colonial Williamsburg hotels. Shuttle routes begin at the Visitor Center and run throughout the Historic Area. Stops include the Governor's Palace, the Capitol, the Taverns, Market House, Williamsburg Lodge, the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, and Merchants Square. Express shuttle routes are also available from the Visitor Center to the Market House.


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    America's Historic Triangle

    Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown

    Three places in Virginia can lay claim to where America was born. The first permanent English settlers arrived at Jamestown in 1607. At Williamsburg, the ideas of independence and revolution took form. The siege of Yorktown in 1781 was the last major battle of the American Revolution. In this Historic Triangle, Europeans, Indians, and Africans came together, and the result was the United States of America. Experience the past and enjoy commemorative events, educational programming, and entertainment all in one place.


    Discover the world of the settlers who established the first permanent British settlement in the New World at Historic Jamestowne, a National Park Service and Preservation Virginia site. Then visit Jamestown Settlement and watch 1607: A Nation Takes Root, explore artifact-filled exhibit galleries, board replicas of the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery, and see re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village and a 1610-1614 English fort.


    Explore Yorktown Battlefield, a National Park Service site. Then stroll through the 18th-century village of Yorktown. The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown offers unique looks at the lives of everyday people overtaken by revolutionary events. Explore museum exhibits recounting the lives of individuals, a re-created Continental Army encampment, and a 1780s farm.

    Colonial Parkway

    The Colonial Parkway is a 23-mile scenic roadway stretching from the York River at Yorktown to the James River at Jamestown, connecting Virginia's Historic Triangle--Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. It is operated and maintained by the National Park Service.



    Amusement Parks

    Busch Gardens

    Busch Gardens® offers fun for the whole family. Enjoy thrilling roller coasters, animal encounters, great dining, and shows.

    Water Country USA

    Guests can splash and slide the summer away at Water Country USA®, Virginia's largest water park. Experience more than 25 water attractions.



    Nearby Destinations

    Washington, DC

    Just a few hours away, visit the nation's capitol. Experience museums, national monuments, and arts and culture.

    Virginia Beach

    Located approximately an hour to the east, enjoy sunny skies and the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia Beach.