Your visit to Colonial Williamsburg isn’t complete without the freedom to explore. We invite you to join us on one of more than 20 guided and self-guided tours—included in your admission ticket—offered daily. Enter into the homes and gardens of Williamsburg’s 18th-century residents, get a firsthand perspective from a curator, or see the city by foot on a walking tour.
Join an alumnus of Colonial Williamsburg’s legendary Fife and Drum Corps for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour. You’ll be led to the Fifes and Drums Building, where you’ll learn the history of military field music, hear how the modern Corps was created and how it evolved, view artifacts and memorabilia, and have all your questions answered. At the end of the tour see some of the work that goes into the flawless performances by sitting in on the afternoon rehearsal – earplugs included!
Reservation required; space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Exclusively for Annual, Good Neighbor, and Collegiate Pass holders, and guests staying at Colonial Williamsburg Hotels.
Explore the palace home of Virginia's last royal governor on this interactive visit. This tour focuses on the governor's family and their time at the Palace, and is best suited for families with young children (grades pre-K through 6). Space is limited. A free-reservation ticket is required.
Nation Builders at Colonial Williamsburg are extraordinary historical interpreters who portray real people of the past that contributed to our American story in a significant and remarkable way. Join one of them as they lead you to several places in town, and experience the 18th-century community of Williamsburg through the eyes of the historical figure they portray, as well as its echoes through time from the perspective of the 21st century interpreter. Using innovative interpretive styles, these charismatic performers and scholars will delight you and challenge you to think about our shared history in new ways.
Do you want to catch the stories that most Colonial Williamsburg interpreters will never tell? Do you want to discover the Bizarre, the Strange, the Wild of the 18th-century past? This fun, fast-paced walking tour explores the Historic Area like you have never seen before. Come join this Active Adventure, and unmask the secrets of this booming town on the verge of Independence! Recommended for adults 18 and older, some content may not be suitable for children.Learn More
Have you ever wondered what's behind closed doors or below the staircases? On this special behind-the-scenes two-hour walking tour, you'll learn about the little-known facts and secrets that only a private tour guide can tell you. You'll get up-close and personal and go where no guest has ventured on their own. Recommended for guests who are willing to "step" back in time and tread in the actual steps of Washington, Jefferson, and other 18th-century townsfolk. Come join the merriment and discover the mysteries behind what lurks in the unknown world of Colonial Williamsburg from top to bottom!Learn More
Everyone loves a haunted tale! Bring the entire family for all of the phantom fun with none of the nightmares. Enjoy this 45-minute tour of traditional ghost stories with a Colonial Williamsburg flavor.
Wander the streets and gardens of Colonial Williamsburg's historic area while our guide conjures stories of spirits who still call Williamsburg home. For an engaging hour, listen to true tales of unnerving experiences shared by employees, residents, and guests: modern ghost stories featuring lost love, murder, betrayal, and things that go bump in the night! This program is not appropriate for young children.
The ONLY Colonial Williamsburg ghost tour that takes you inside the historic buildings! This unique storytelling experience brings the past to life (and death) with ghostly tales of hauntings and horrors spun directly from 18th century sources. Wear your walking shoes! This one-hour walking tour is not recommended for young children.
On this special behind-the-scenes tour of the Robert Carter House, learn how architectural historians and curators investigate and reveal the secrets of old buildings. Children 8 and up are welcome to attend with an adult. Free reservation ticket required.
You can learn a lot about a person from the things they own. Discover what you can learn about George Washington from objects associated with or owned by him.
On a guided tour, learn about secret spaces sometimes constructed into special furniture. What was hidden inside drawers and partitions of desks, chests and cabinets--and how were the secrets revealed?Learn More
Learn about magical beasts in art on this guided tour, then illustrate a book to take home with your fantastic discoveries.Learn More
You may be surprised that many of today's home furnishings are deeply tied to those of the past. Take an in-depth guided tour of 18th- and early 19th-century furniture. You'll see rare baroque, rococo, and neo-classical tables, chairs, chests, and desks that set the fashions we continue to enjoy today.
Discover whimsical and fascinating paintings, sculpture, and textiles from Mrs. Rockefeller's collection on this guided tour. These pieces are the basis of the museum's original collection.
How do humidity, temperature, and other environmental factors affect the condition of objects? What can museum conservators do to keep priceless objects safe and looking their best? Learn the answers on this guided tour and discover the methods and materials used to help protect the paintings, textiles, furniture, glassware, metalware, and other items in Colonial Williamsburg's collections.
Annual, Good Neighbor, and Collegiate pass holders must purchase tickets by calling or in person at a ticketing location to receive their discount.