From Historic Trades, to tavern meals, to one-of-a-kind evening programs, these fan favorites will make for an unforgettable visit!
As the world’s largest history museum with over 301 acres to explore, first time guests might wonder where to begin. That’s where our First Timer’s Itinerary comes in. Designed to help you get the most out of your visit, this suggested activity list will help you jump start your adventure.
Stop in to the Raleigh Tavern Bakery for an 18th-century-inspired sweet treat or a light lunch to go. Grab a sandwich and side dish, a cold bottle of root beer, or a cup of hot cider to help fuel your next revolutionary adventure. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a soft and chewy cookie or sink your teeth into a homemade muffin or loaf of bread. During the holiday season, enjoy fresh-baked pies.
Walk the halls where the colony's representatives struggled with the British governor over the meaning of American liberty. Rediscover the founding principles of our government and your rights and responsibilities as citizens of a new republic.
Enter the years immediately before the Revolution and experience the grandeur of royal government in Virginia just before its collapse. Feel the tension between the rulers and the ruled in this revolutionary time as the British government's authority was increasingly questioned. Home to seven royal governors and the first two elected governors in Virginia, the Palace was meant to project British authority and wealth. From the large display of period swords and guns to the elegant décor and grand ballroom, the Palace was built to impress.
Enjoy a leisurely ride through the Historic Area by horse-drawn carriage and surround yourself with the sights and sounds of our unique city.
Lose yourself in the Spirit of ’76! Hear the stirring sounds of Revolutionary War field music, courtesy of the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums. Join the corps as they march down Duke of Gloucester Street from the Capitol to Palace Green.
Enjoy a menu of colonial-inspired favorites and specialty beer, such as our own Old Stitch and Dear Old Mum. Enjoy dining inside the tavern all day, 7 days a week with shared plates, old favorites such as Brunswick Stew and Welsh Rarebit, as well as Shepherd’s Pye and Bangers and Mash. Join us for table games after 5pm. For outside dining under the grape arbor, Chowning’s Garden Snack Bar Grill is open from 11am–4pm daily serving burgers, hot dogs, bratwurst rolls, Brunswick Stew, BBQ, salads and sweet treats.
Step back into the time of the Stamp Act and learn about the fashionable world of the coffeehouse, where Williamsburg's citizens and visitors met to share news, transact business, and debate politics. Meet people of the past and converse over coffee, tea, or velvety chocolate - prepared in the 18th-century style.
The fun doesn't end just because the sun sets. Whether you're looking for some drama or to be spooked, there's something to entertain you.
An elite cadre of interpreters, Nation Builders portray real historic figures associated with 18th-century Williamsburg who made significant contributions to the American story. Meet a Nation Builder during your visit who helped shape their time, and whose legacy continues to influence and inspire American ideals.