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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions/
Getting Started

What is Colonial Williamsburg?

The largest living history museum in the United States, Colonial Williamsburg is a private not-for-profit foundation that operates the restored 18th-century capital of colonial Virginia and the adjacent all-encompassing resort.

Where is Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City

Williamsburg, Virginia. Set your GPS for the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center.

Why do I need a ticket?

To experience all that the Revolutionary City has to offer—including live action, theatrical performances, vibrant gardens, guided tours of original 18th-century buildings, personal interaction with townspeople, three museums, and so much more—you’ll need an admission ticket.

Where is the closest airport and train station?

There are more than 200 daily flights into three nearby airports.

Airports
  • • Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) (20 minutes)
  • • Norfolk International Airport (ORF) (45 minutes)
  • • Richmond International Airport (RIC) (45 minutes)
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Train

Amtrak serves the Williamsburg Transportation Center with a connecting train from Washington, D.C. The center is just blocks from the Revolutionary City and provides car rentals and a cab stand.
Amtrak: 1-800-872-7245 or (757) 229-8750

Where should I start?
When can I visit?

Colonial Williamsburg is open 365 days a year. Visit our Things to Do section for more details on the operating hours for sites, restaurants, and more.

What should I see?

When you arrive, start your visit at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center to pick up a free copy of “Colonial Williamsburg This Week.” This weekly program guide will show you which buildings are open and which programs offered during your visit along with a map and helpful tips. Learn more in our Things to Do section.

Which buildings of the Revolutionary City can I enter?

Buildings with flags at their entrances are open to ticket holders. Not all colonial buildings are open to the public; some are privately occupied by employees of Colonial Williamsburg and their families, and some hold administrative offices. Visit Tour the City to learn more.

How long does it take to tour the Revolutionary City?

Colonial Williamsburg offers its guests a variety of opportunities to relive the Revolutionary War period. Depending on your interests or focus, visits vary in length and activities. Guests can get a small sample of the Revolutionary City in about half a day, but plan to stay at least two or three days to enjoy the full experience. Colonial Williamsburg is filled with exciting historic sites, informative programs that are constantly changing and expanding, and family-friendly fun.

What happens during bad weather?

The Revolutionary City is open 365 days a year and does remain open during inclement weather. Some outdoor programs are presented only when weather permits. In cases of severe weather we will offer vouchers for a Single-day Ticket. Proof of original purchase and ID is required at the time of exchange. Return vouchers must be redeemed for an actual ticket at an onsite ticket location, and must be used by the end of the current year. Multi-day Ticket holders may receive one Single-day Ticket per inclement weather day, up to three days. This policy only applies to Multi-day Tickets, Single-day Tickets, and hotel guest admission tickets.

Where can I rent colonial costumes?

Learn more about costume rental in our Shopping section.

What can we do in the evening?

Evening programs include tours, plays, dances, concerts, and reenactments. Evening meals in colonial taverns are complete with strolling musicians and 18th-century fare. From romantic to kid-friendly, there’s something to do every night of your stay.

Can I make a reservation for a carriage or wagon ride?

Tickets are sold on the day of the ride at all Colonial Williamsburg ticket locations. Availability is limited, and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, so purchase your ticket early in the morning. Reservations are not taken in advance due to the unpredictable nature of the weather.

Are costumed people in character?

All costumed interpreters will be acting as residents of the Revolutionary City and will portray the period leading up to or during the Revolutionary War. Many guests enjoy dressing in 18th-century costume, and you may encounter them during your stay.

Where can I park? Is there a bus system?

Automobiles are not permitted in the Revolutionary City, but shuttle-bus service is provided. Shuttles travel between the Visitor Center and the Revolutionary City and circle the town from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Designated stops are indicated on the map in your “This Week” available at the Visitor Center. Shuttles with wheelchair lifts are available. Shuttle service is free to all ticket and pass holders.

Where can I stay?

Colonial Williamsburg’s official hotels offer a range of accommodations. Whether you’re traveling for business, looking for a romantic getaway, or planning a family vacation, you’ll find an option that will meet your needs.

Are there places to eat?

From historic taverns to modern sandwich shops and bistros, the Revolutionary City, Colonial Williamsburg Resort, and Merchants Square have plenty of choices to please all tastes. Restrooms are available, and cool drinks can be purchased throughout town.

Are there places to shop?

The Colonial Williamsburg Resort and the Revolutionary City are complemented by convenient and unique shopping options. From luxe home accessories to authentic reproduction 18th-century flatware and furniture—you’ll find the perfect gift, souvenir, or accent for your home.

Is the Revolutionary City accessible?

A limited number of folding wheelchairs are rented on a first-come, first-served basis from the Visitor Center. Ramps and wheelchair lifts are available at selected sites, but many buildings require a few steps.

Where can I get information on bringing a large group of people or hosting an event or meeting?

Try something different—plan your next group event here. Whether it’s a high-profile meeting, educational school trip, or romantic wedding, you'll find facilities and amenities suited to your tastes and needs.