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Governor’s Palace

Colonial Williamsburg Governor's Palace
Colonial Williamsburg Tours
Governors Palace

A Symbol of Royal Authority under Siege

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 d├ęcor and grand ballroom, the Palace was built to impress.

Behind the Palace, get lost in the elaborate, tiered gardens overlooking the stream. Children will love finding their way through the boxwood maze. In summer, you’ll find welcome coolness in the original icehouse at the back of the property. In every season, the gardens provide a place of privacy and shelter from the noises of the bustling city.

Preparing Meals for the Governor

Be sure to find out what’s going on in the buildings that surround the Palace. The kitchen and scullery are often filled with activity as members of historic foodways prepare meals for the governor and his family. Be drawn in by the aromas of hearty onion soup or sweet candied pineapple, and learn the “high cooking arts” of a British kitchen in America, courtesy of our foodways experts. Weather permitting, you may learn about brewing beer or making chocolate.

Learn more about the Governor’s Palace on History.org Go
Schedule of
Operation:

Hours effective through
August 31, 2014
Mon.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tues.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wed.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thurs.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fri.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sat.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sun.: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Ticket Required?
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Upcoming Events at the Governor’s Palace Events

Aug 22
4:00 PM
Public Audience with a Founding Father
What questions would you like to ask one of our nation's founders? What would you like to know about their lives and the politics of the day? What did they expect of the new nation? One of our founders shares his thoughts, memories, and beliefs as he answers your questions.
Aug 23
4:00 PM
Public Audience with a Founding Father
What questions would you like to ask one of our nation's founders? What would you like to know about their lives and the politics of the day? What did they expect of the new nation? One of our founders shares his thoughts, memories, and beliefs as he answers your questions.
Aug 23
7:00 PM
Come Let’s Dance
Join us for an evening of colonial dance, "a most charming entertainment" enjoyed by many 18th-century Virginians. Indeed, Virginians hosted public and private balls and assemblies to be sociable, to celebrate an occasion, or just for fun. You may even have the opportunity to participate.
Aug 23
8:30 PM
Come Let’s Dance
Join us for an evening of colonial dance, "a most charming entertainment" enjoyed by many 18th-century Virginians. Indeed, Virginians hosted public and private balls and assemblies to be sociable, to celebrate an occasion, or just for fun. You may even have the opportunity to participate.
Handicap AccessibilityFirst floor accessible. Wheelchair lift located at west entrance (weight capacity of 450 lbs., including occupant). West advance, kitchen, and scullery accessible via the west entrance gate.
Family restroom, in east yard of Palace, is completely wheelchair accessible. Gardens and grounds completely accessible.