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Colonial Williamsburg Tours

Colonial Williamsburg
Virginia’s Colonial Williamsburg is one of the largest living history museums in America, where visitors can experience what daily life looked like during the American Revolution. Historical re-enactors contribute to the immersive experience by working in preserved historic buildings and a variety of craft shops, from blacksmiths to wigmakers.
 
The Basics
Guided and self-guided tours, included in the cost of admission, are offered daily as walking tours through 18th-century homes and gardens. While private excursions and carriage rides are also available, Colonial Williamsburg is best known for its evening ghost tours, with options tailored to both children and adults. Ghost tours, typically led by historical re-enactor tour guides, provide guests with true stories of haunted encounters from the 18th century to the present. Visitors can buy a 1-day or multi-day pass to Colonial Williamsburg, or a 7-day package that also grants access to nearby attractions like Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center, and Yorktown Battlefield.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Colonial Williamsburg is a must-see for American history buffs and families with children.
  • Prepare for lots of outdoor walking with comfortable shoes and sunscreen.
  • Purchase your admission ticket or event ticket online to skip long lines.
  • Hotels, restaurants, and shops are wheelchair accessible.
  • Download the Colonial Williamsburg Explorer app for easy access to digital tickets, coupons, directions, and event calendars.
 
How to Get There
Amtrak and Greyhound offer convenient transportation from cities on the East Coast. If traveling by car, Colonial Williamsburg is easily accessible via Route 60, which passes directly through the city. Options for visitors traveling without a car include the city’s public bus system, as well as a shuttle that circuits through Colonial Williamsburg attractions. For a more scenic route, visitors often opt for the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry that departs from Surry, Virginia.
 
When to Get There
Open to visitors year-round from 9am to 5pm, Colonial Williamsburg tends to be busiest during the afternoon. Beat the crowds by visiting the historic area on weekday or weekend mornings. Popular seasonal events include a Fourth of July celebration and an annual Grand Illumination during the holiday season.
 
Historical Reenactments with a Twist

Visitors flock to Colonial Williamsburg to see one of its longest-running evening programs with a twist. "Cry Witch," an interactive play that first debuted in the 1980s, allows guests to immerse themselves in the colonial era by participating in a witch trial based on real historical events. Buy your admission ticket early—the play is one of Williamsburg's hottest tickets and is often sold out.
Address: Colonial Williamsburg, Washington D.C., USA
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Colonial Williamsburg AdmissionAttraction Tickets

Colonial Williamsburg Admission

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Discover Colonial Williamsburg and experience all this renowned historic city City has to offer. Learn about life in colonial America and the American Revolution. Enjoy the historical reenactments and theatrical performances, the vibrant gardens and art museums, plus guided and self-guided tours of the original 18th-century buildings and homes and personal interaction with the townspeople. Parking is included.
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Williamsburg Ghosts and Witches & Pirates Combination TourLuxury Tours

Williamsburg Ghosts and Witches & Pirates Combination Tour

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Connect with the spirits that rattle through Williamsburg’s historic home, taverns, and graveyards on an evening ghost and witch tour. Walk through lamplit streets on the way to the old town jail and a family cemetery as a costumed guide brings to light chilling tales of paranormal sightings, piracy, colonial conspiracies, and sorcery. Hear stories of Blackbeard’s headless body and Virginia’s deadly witch trials of the 17th and 18th centuries as you dare to explore the most haunted corners of Williamsburg.
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The Dead of Night Ghost TourLuxury Tours

The Dead of Night Ghost Tour

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Take an eerie stroll through the dark evening streets of colonial Williamsburg on this top-rated ghost walking tour. Follow your costumed, in-character guide through the shadowy lanes and squares by candlelight, and discover the sinister side of this historical town. Stop to see haunted houses, burial grounds, and other spooky sites as your guide tells tales of 18th-century ghosts, skeletons, apparitions, and secret vaults and tunnels.
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The Extreme Ghost of WilliamsburgWalking Tours

The Extreme Ghost of Williamsburg

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Though you can uncover Colonial Williamsburg's history on your own, fans of the macabre shouldn't miss the spooky tales of the city's famed ghosts that are showcased on this ghoulish walking tour. Meet-up with your group under the cover of darkness, and stroll through the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area by candlelight. Along the way you can visit two of the city's famously haunted homes, hear stories of the dead, and try to contact ghosts using the spirit box.
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Williamsburg East Ghost TourLuxury Tours

Williamsburg East Ghost Tour

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The only ghost tour in the world based on the first ever photo-study of ghosts! Real ghost photos, featured in the books Haunted Historic Colonial Williamsburg Virginia with Breakthrough Ghost Photography, Parts 1 & 2, are shown at each stop on a large computer notebook (Samsung Galaxy). Guides will point out the exact location around or in the house or building where the photo was taken and encourage travelers to take their own photos. Tour guides will give relevant historical information pertaining to the haunting as well as personal stories encountered by the book's author and others, including interpreters and security guards from Colonial Williamsburg. Travelers will be given choices about where they would like to stop based on their interests--no tour is ever the same! The East Tour starts at the Capital and continues down Duke of Gloucester Street to the Courthouse of 1770 and walking across the Market Square to the last stop--Williamsburg's most haunted: Peyton Randolph House.
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Colonial Conspiracy and Dead of Night Ghost Tour Combination TicketHistorical & Heritage Tours

Colonial Conspiracy and Dead of Night Ghost Tour Combination Ticket

Family-owned for 10 years, recently rated #7 in the US - Detailed Accounts of Secrets Our Forefathers Kept - The Secrets of Shakespeare and His Works - What Lies Under the Ground - The History They Don't Tell You AND​ - Costumed Tour Guides - 18th Century Character Interpretation - Most Recent Accounts of Ghostly Encounters - Character Interaction - GHOSTS, NOT History - True Ghostly Experiences Only, Never Props ​
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Americas Historic Triangle: Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and YorktownMuseum Tickets & Passes

Americas Historic Triangle: Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown

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Step back in time to discover the earliest beginnings of the United States of America—and enjoy access to five different highlight attractions—with this convenient and cost-saving package. Book your tickets before you travel; upon arrival, you’ll have seven-day access to discover “American’s historic triangle”: Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, and Yorktown Battlefield.
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Williamsburg West TourLuxury Tours

Williamsburg West Tour

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The only ghost tour in the world based on the first ever photo-study of ghosts! Real ghost photos, featured in the books Haunted Historic Colonial Williamsburg Virginia with Breakthrough Ghost Photography, Parts 1 & 2, are shown at each stop on a large computer notebook (Samsung Galaxy). Guides will point out the exact location around or in the house or building where the photo was taken and encourage travelers to take their own photos. Tour guides will give relevant historical information pertaining to the haunting as well as personal stories encountered by the book's author and others, including interpreters and security guards from Colonial Williamsburg. Travelers will be given choices about where they would like to stop based on their interests--no tour is ever the same! The West Tour starts at the Cheese Shop in Merchants Square and continues to various buildings in Colonial Williamsburg to the last stop--Williamsburg's most haunted: the Peyton Randolph House.
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