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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
January 4, 2015
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?
check Yes
ticketCW Admission
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Upcoming Events at the Governor’s Palace Events

Dec 25
7:30 PM
Palace Concert
Be enchanted as the regal Palace of the royal governor comes to life by candlelight with Colonial Williamsburg's early music ensemble, the Governor's Musick. The concert repertoire features music known in colonial Virginia as well as selections from Europe and England. The performances vary throughout the season.
Dec 25
9:00 PM
Palace Concert
Be enchanted as the regal Palace of the royal governor comes to life by candlelight with Colonial Williamsburg's early music ensemble, the Governor's Musick. The concert repertoire features music known in colonial Virginia as well as selections from Europe and England. The performances vary throughout the season.
Dec 26
7:00 PM
New Twelfth Night
NEW--Music and shipwrecks and swordfights--excitement for the entire family! Join us for this entertaining presentation of Shakespeare's famous comedy about mistaken identity--appropriately performed during the holiday season.
Dec 26
8:45 PM
New Twelfth Night
NEW--Music and shipwrecks and swordfights--excitement for the entire family! Join us for this entertaining presentation of Shakespeare's famous comedy about mistaken identity--appropriately performed during the holiday season.
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.