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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
November 27, 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?
check Yes
ticketCW Admission
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Upcoming Events at the Governor’s Palace Events

Sep 23
7:30 PM
Colonial Williamsburg Early Music Festival
Palace Concert: From the Collection—
“The Ogle Inventory”
In this opening night concert, enjoy the rare opportunity to hear musical instruments whose musical "voices" were created centuries ago. This concert by The Governor's Musick, Colonial Williamsburg's resident performing ensemble, will feature a quartet of original instruments purchased approximately 45 years ago for use in the Palace concerts. These include an 18th-century Tomaso Balestrieri violin, an 18th-century Carlo Testore violin, a 16th-century viola, and an 18th-century violoncello. The Palace harpsichord, constructed by English maker Jacob Kirckman in 1758, and the circa 1760 Adcock & Pether bureau organ will also be featured. The music will be selected from a surviving inventory of music teacher and London concertmaster Cuthbert Ogle, who briefly resided in Williamsburg in 1755. A question-and-answer session with the musicians follows the program.
Sep 24
10:00 AM
The Arts and Mysteries of Brewing
Beer was a common beverage in the 18th century--even for children. Enjoy this enlightening demonstration of the brewing process as it was practiced in the 18th century.
Sep 24
11:00 AM
The Arts and Mysteries of Brewing
Beer was a common beverage in the 18th century--even for children. Enjoy this enlightening demonstration of the brewing process as it was practiced in the 18th century.
Sep 24
12:00 PM
The Arts and Mysteries of Brewing
Beer was a common beverage in the 18th century--even for children. Enjoy this enlightening demonstration of the brewing process as it was practiced in the 18th century.
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.