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 décor 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.

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Schedule of
Operation:

Hours effective through
Jan. 1, 2017


Open 9-4, Dec 4, 2016
Mon.: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tues.: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wed.: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thurs.: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Fri.: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sat.: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sun.: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Ticket Required?
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Upcoming Events at the Governor’s Palace Events

Dec 3
7:30 PM
Palace Concert
The regal Palace Ballroom comes to life by candlelight as Colonial Williamsburg's early music ensemble, the Governor's Musick, offers an elegant evening of chamber music for the holiday season. Musicians playing period instruments showcase 17th- and 18th-century music for harpsichord, flute, and strings, drawing listeners back in time with the beauty and importance of colonial music. 
Dec 3
9:00 PM
Palace Concert
The regal Palace Ballroom comes to life by candlelight as Colonial Williamsburg's early music ensemble, the Governor's Musick, offers an elegant evening of chamber music for the holiday season. Musicians playing period instruments showcase 17th- and 18th-century music for harpsichord, flute, and strings, drawing listeners back in time with the beauty and importance of colonial music. 
Dec 5
4:00 PM
Palace Exploration
Experience the grandeur of royal government in Virginia just before its collapse. Explore the residence of the royal governor at your own pace, and directed by your own interests. Wander the Palace and feel free to ask any questions.
Dec 6
4:00 PM
Palace Exploration
Experience the grandeur of royal government in Virginia just before its collapse. Explore the residence of the royal governor at your own pace, and directed by your own interests. Wander the Palace and feel free to ask any questions.
Dec 4
11:30 AM
Cherokee Diplomacy
The Cherokee Nation frequently sent representatives to Williamsburg, the colonial capital of Virginia, to engage in diplomacy with Virginia and the British Crown. Discover an alternative narrative to the geopolitics of Virginia and the Atlantic World by engaging with Cherokee individuals. 
Dec 11
11:30 AM
Cherokee Diplomacy
The Cherokee Nation frequently sent representatives to Williamsburg, the colonial capital of Virginia, to engage in diplomacy with Virginia and the British Crown. Discover an alternative narrative to the geopolitics of Virginia and the Atlantic World by engaging with Cherokee individuals. 
Dec 18
11:30 AM
Cherokee Diplomacy
The Cherokee Nation frequently sent representatives to Williamsburg, the colonial capital of Virginia, to engage in diplomacy with Virginia and the British Crown. Discover an alternative narrative to the geopolitics of Virginia and the Atlantic World by engaging with Cherokee individuals. 
Jan 1
11:30 AM
Cherokee Diplomacy
The Cherokee Nation frequently sent representatives to Williamsburg, the colonial capital of Virginia, to engage in diplomacy with Virginia and the British Crown. Discover an alternative narrative to the geopolitics of Virginia and the Atlantic World by engaging with Cherokee individuals. 
Dec 8
10:00 AM
Pamunkey Fishing and Hunting for Market
During the 18th century, the Pamunkey Indians engaged the colonial market economy by providing labor, produce, and wares to Virginia settlements. Travelling the waterways of the Pamunkey and York Rivers, men and women from Indian Town frequented middling and gentry farms, offering wild fish and game to plantation residents.
Dec 8
1:30 PM
Pamunkey Fishing and Hunting for Market
During the 18th century, the Pamunkey Indians engaged the colonial market economy by providing labor, produce, and wares to Virginia settlements. Travelling the waterways of the Pamunkey and York Rivers, men and women from Indian Town frequented middling and gentry farms, offering wild fish and game to plantation residents.
Dec 15
10:00 AM
Pamunkey Fishing and Hunting for Market
During the 18th century, the Pamunkey Indians engaged the colonial market economy by providing labor, produce, and wares to Virginia settlements. Travelling the waterways of the Pamunkey and York Rivers, men and women from Indian Town frequented middling and gentry farms, offering wild fish and game to plantation residents.
Dec 15
1:30 PM
Pamunkey Fishing and Hunting for Market
During the 18th century, the Pamunkey Indians engaged the colonial market economy by providing labor, produce, and wares to Virginia settlements. Travelling the waterways of the Pamunkey and York Rivers, men and women from Indian Town frequented middling and gentry farms, offering wild fish and game to plantation residents.
Dec 4
10:00 AM
Ox Wagon Rides
Take a step back in time and go for a ride on an 18th-century ox wagon and enjoy a beautiful view of Palace Green.
Dec 4
10:30 AM
Ox Wagon Rides
Take a step back in time and go for a ride on an 18th-century ox wagon and enjoy a beautiful view of Palace Green.
Dec 4
11:00 AM
Ox Wagon Rides
Take a step back in time and go for a ride on an 18th-century ox wagon and enjoy a beautiful view of Palace Green.
Dec 4
11:30 AM
Ox Wagon Rides
Take a step back in time and go for a ride on an 18th-century ox wagon and enjoy a beautiful view of Palace Green.
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.