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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Colonial Williamsburg?

Our 18th-century city is the world's largest living history museum, boasting over forty sites and historic trades, four historic taverns, and two world-class art museums.

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Where is Colonial Williamsburg?

Colonial Williamsburg is located in Williamsburg, Virginia, and is part of Virginia's Historic Triangle, which includes Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. We're located midway between Richmond, Virginia and Virginia Beach, and 150 miles south of Washington, DC. 

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Do I need a ticket?

Admission ticket are required to enter buildings and experience programming in the Historic Area. 

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Where are the nearest airports and train stations?

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 can I park? Is there a bus system?

Parking is recommended at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center, which is free. The City of Williamsburg operates a pay-by-the-hour parking garage as well as other timed parking lots.

Complimentary shuttles run from 9 am to 10 pm for ticketed guests. Shuttle routes begin at the Visitor Center and run throughout the Historic Area. Stops include the Governor's Palace, the Capitol, the Taverns, Market House, Williamsburg Lodge, the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, and Merchants Square. Express shuttle routes are also available from the Visitor Center to Market House. 

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What are the hours of operation?

Colonial Williamsburg is open 365 days a year. Most sites are open 9 am to 5 pm and evening programs run well into the night. The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are open 10 am to 7 pm. Restaurant and store hours vary.


What should I see?

When you arrive, start your visit at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center to pick up a free copy of the “Colonial Williamsburg Map & Guide” and “Today's Programs.” These guides will show you which buildings are open and which programs offered during your visit along with a map and helpful tips. You can also explore our interest-based itineraries to start planning your adventure.


Which buildings in the Historic Area 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.

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What happens during bad weather?

The Historic Area is open all year, with a reduced program schedule in January. When adverse weather occurs, we encourage guests to explore the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg as well as take a tour of the Governor's Palace and the Capitol, which are all inside activities. Extenuating circumstances such as steady rain for more than 3 hours during the day may sometimes require a guest to request a ticket for another days’ visit. And at Colonial Williamsburg guest satisfaction always comes first. Only if requested the guest will be offered a return visit (given same product originally purchased) that must be used by the end of the current year.


Where can I rent colonial costumes?

Learn more about costume rental in our Shopping section.

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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.

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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.

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Are costumed people in character?

All costumed interpreters will be acting as residents of the Historic Area 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 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.

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Are pets allowed?

The Williamsburg Inn, The Williamsburg Lodge, The Griffin Hotel, and Williamsburg Woodlands offer pet friendly accommodations based on availability.

Is there a fee to bring a pet?

Yes. The Williamsburg Inn, The Williamsburg Lodge, and The Griffin Hotel guesthouses require a non-refundable $50 per day cleaning fee. The Williamsburg Lodge accepts dogs only. The Williamsburg Woodlands requires a non-refundable $25 per day cleaning fee.

Is there a deposit required for pets?

No.

Are there restrictions for weight, height, or types?

Yes. Dogs must be less than 50 pounds and no more than 2 dogs per room are permitted. You will be asked to sign a short pet policy accepting responsibility for any damage or special cleaning costs. We'll also ask for your cellular phone number so we may contact you, if necessary, while your pet is alone in the room.

Pet policy for the Williamsburg Inn and The Griffin Hotel.

Pet policy for the Williamsburg Woodlands.


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.

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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.

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Is the Historic Area 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.

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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.

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