Discover Colonial Williamsburg

08/24/2015  | 

The Revolutionary City

Discover Colonial Williamsburg and become a citizen of the Revolutionary City. Engage with the local community and experience firsthand the daily struggles of wartime. Explore the art museums, unleash students’ inner colonists, tee off a game of golf, or relax and unwind at the Spa. Stay at one of the official Colonial Williamsburg hotels, with a variety of opportunities to shop and dine, and you’ll never want to leave.


Engage with Your Surroundings

Your visit to the Revolutionary City isn’t complete without the freedom to explore. Enjoy one of more than 20 guided and self-guided tours — included in your admission ticket — offered daily. Enter into the homes and gardens of Williamsburg’s 18th-century residents, get a firsthand perspective from a curator, or see the city by foot on a walking tour.

Orientation Walk

Start your visit to the Revolutionary City with an informative walk designed to help you create your firsthand adventure. In addition to an overview of modern wayfinding, dining, and shopping options, you’ll get your first glimpse at a town on the edge of Revolution and war and learn of the many ways to engage with your fellow citizens — our interpreters.

The Official Ghost Walk of Colonial Williamsburg

Learn of the ghosts that still haunt the taverns and historic buildings of Colonial Williamsburg. Enjoy spirited and interactive 21st century folklore of the Revolutionary City.

Tour the City

See inside famous residents’ homes, like that of George Wythe, or explore the Capitol, where a successful vote initiated American independence.

Tour the Art Museums

Take an in-depth look at an exhibit with a guided Art Museum Tour or venture on your own into the collections of furniture, ceramics, and textiles from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

Tour the Gardens

Tour our vibrant 18th century gardens at your leisure or enhance your understanding of heirloom gardening techniques with a guided garden tour.

Carriage Rides

Give your legs a rest and see the city sights by horse-drawn carriage.

Behind the Scenes

Discover what goes on behind the scenes to give you an authentic experience. Explore the campus of educational outreach, library, and object conservation facilities. Learn about making the costumes worn in the Revolutionary City or the archaeological finds that informed the rebuilding of the Public Armory.

Guided Walking Tours

During the day, find out about Colonial Williamsburg’s gardens and what makes them grow or learn of the women of 18th century Williamsburg. By night, hear stories of ghosts and pirates or discover how the Civil War affected the town.

Bits and Bridles

Learn more about Colonial Williamsburg’s modern stable and rare breeds program during Bits and Bridles, a walking tour that allows guests to view the facilities, discuss animal treatment and training, and get up close and personal with some of the animals.


The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is a not-for-profit, privately funded, educational and cultural organization. All proceeds from tickets to the Revolutionary City and museums, Colonial Williamsburg hotels, dining, Spa, shops, and golf courses directly fund the educational mission.

Colonial Williamsburg brings students into the heart of history by using modern technology to tell the stories of America’s past. The aim is to share this rich history and encourage citizen engagement through publications, online games, podcasts, music, photographs, videos, electronic field trips, classroom guides and teacher training.

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