Colonial Williamsburg

History Museum
416-430 E Duke of Gloucester St
Williamsburg, VA 23185


  • The first permanent English settlement in the New World, Williamsburg is a historic town that contains many original structures and recreations of life in the 18th century.
  • Invest in a $10 "bottomless" cider mug. For the calendar year, get unlimited cider, soda, and coffee from the cider stand, bakery, taverns, and Kimball Theater.
  • Fun to see cabinet maker and apothocary!
  • After the crowds have left, nighttime is one of the best times to experience Colonial Williamsburg. More than 27 houses & taverns have overnight guest rooms for rent to extend your stay. - Green Guide
  • Bring a bottled water. There is a lot of walking and it can get hot.
  • Williamsburg became Virginia's capital in 1699 after it moved from Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America. Today it represents the core of the American Revolutionary experience.
  • Spend a couple days, enjoy walking around, and definitely eat at The Cheese Shop.
  • Check the schedule and catch one of the public addresses by George Washington... Inspiring today & more relevant for today's time than you would think!
  • Alexander Hamilton's ghost can be seen at The Cheese Shop.
  • Don't miss the coffee shop where you get a free sample of some delicious hot chocolate
  • Make sure you pick up Brunswick Stew at Chowning's Tavern. It's super tasty.
  • I see there's a tip claiming you can see the "majority" of CW without a ticket. That's misleading. All the sites apart from Bruton Parish Church and the two meetinghouses require a ticket.
  • Watch out for the horse doodoo
  • Did you know? From 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg was the capital and the political and cultural center of Virginia; at the time the largest, most populous, and most influential of the American colonies.
  • Visit's the Peanut Shop, free samples and great toffee
  • After struggling in the disease-infested swampland of Jamestown for many years, the colonists decided to move their capital inland. The new capital city was re-named Williamsburg.
  • The best time of year to go is around Christmas when you can see all of the decorations! It is Beautiful!
  • Just enjoy walking around Merchant Square
  • Download the Colonial Williamsburg Explorer mobile app to help find your way around and view daily events!
  • So much to do...almost need about two days or so if you want to see everything. So much history to be learned.