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WilliamsburgUnited States of America

This historic town is filled with scenic hiking and biking trails, but is best known as the home of Colonial Williamsburg, the largest living museum in America.

At Williamsburg, see history recreated at a 301 acre (121 hectare) village with historically furnished buildings and costumed interpreters. Colonial Williamsburg is the largest outdoor living history museum in America. Step back in time at this fully operational 18th-century city. Trace the historic footsteps of people such as first president George Washington, military strategist Benedict Arnold and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson.

Visit the Colonial Williamsburg Resort to shop for gifts or souvenirs, including reproduction flatware and furniture from the 18th century. Enjoy a round of golf on the resort’s course or relax with a pampering treatment at the spa.

For couples seeking a romantic excursion or families looking to rest their legs, take a leisurely tour by horse-drawn carriage. Sit back and relax while learning about the Revolutionary City from a Colonial Williamsburg “citizen” who will serve as your guide.

There is an admission fee to enter Colonial Williamsburg, which is open 365 days a year. Some features within the village, such as the guided tours, are included with your admission ticket.

While many visit Williamsburg to learn about the past, you’ll find many other attractions and activities as well.

There are dozens of hiking trails in and around the city. Visit Freedom Park and hike through the 600-acre (243-hectare) preserve passing through historic sites, forests, creeks and open green space. For a more challenging workout, head to the 52-mile (84-kilometer) paved Virginia Capital Trail. Walk, jog or cycle this scenic path across the Virginia landscape.

Just outside the city is Busch Gardens, a theme park with thrill rides, animal exhibits and shows. Ride the roller coasters, which include Griffon, with its 205-foot (62-meter), 90-degree free fall. View the mysterious gray wolf at the Wolf Valley exhibit and see exotic animals at Jack Hanna’s Wild Reserve.

Williamsburg Area Transport (WAT) runs trolley and bus services that stop at the city’s attractions, including Busch Gardens. There is a shuttle bus service in the Colonial Williamsburg village.

Where to stay in Williamsburg

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Top hotels in Williamsburg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Historic Powhatan Resort by Diamond Resorts
The Historic Powhatan Resort by Diamond Resorts
3.5 out of 5
3601 Ironbound Rd, Williamsburg, VA
The price is £79 per night

Located in the historical district, this family-friendly resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of College of William and Mary, Jamestown Settlement and Abby Aldrich ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,056 reviews)

"This is my second time staying at this resort and it was great and relaxing. Resort is quiet and clean!"…"

Reviewed on 7 Jul 2020

The Historic Powhatan Resort by Diamond Resorts
Greensprings Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
Greensprings Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
3 out of 5
3500 Ludwell Pkwy, Williamsburg, VA
The price is £102 per night

This family-friendly Williamsburg resort is located in the historical district, 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Williamsburg National Golf Club, and within 6 mi (10 km) ...

4.4/5Excellent! (988 reviews)

"The property was peaceful and clean. The Wifi was very slow. Other than that my stay was great. The location is very close to shopping. I will be staying at this property again."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jun 2020

Greensprings Vacation Resort by Diamond Resorts
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Williamsburg Historic Area
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Williamsburg Historic Area
2.5 out of 5
600 Bypass Rd, Williamsburg, VA
The price is £59 per night

Located in the heart of Williamsburg, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Colonial Williamsburg and Colonial Williamsburg Visitor ...

3.9/5Good! (983 reviews)

"Pool was open. Rooms clean and comfortable. Staff very friendly."…"

Reviewed on 2 Jul 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Williamsburg Historic Area

Popular places to visit in Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Williamsburg
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Have a fun-filled day at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and find out why this is a popular theme park in Williamsburg. Experience the entertainment choices or attend a sporting event in this family-friendly area.

Colonial Williamsburg
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Colonial Williamsburg

5/5(13 reviews)

Learn about the history of Colonial Williamsburg, one of the top monuments in Williamsburg. Visit the shops in this family-friendly area or simply enjoy its restaurants.

Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center
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Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center

5/5(9 reviews)

Experience an enlightening introduction to Colonial Williamsburg at this informative center where you can take carriage rides and walking tours among other activities.

Jamestown Settlement
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Jamestown Settlement

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Find out about the history of Jamestown Settlement, a well-known monument in Williamsburg. Amble around this quaint area's picturesque gardens or attend a sporting event.

Williamsburg Winery
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Williamsburg Winery

You can enjoy a tasting or tour at Williamsburg Winery during your travels to Williamsburg. Amble around this family-friendly area's picturesque gardens or attend a sporting event.

College of William and Mary
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College of William and Mary

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Enjoy the student vibe around College of William and Mary, a top university in Williamsburg. Amble around the area's picturesque gardens or attend a sporting event.

Top things to do in Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg: The Revolutionary City Admission
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Colonial Williamsburg: The Revolutionary City Admission

£36
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Nighttime Ghost Walking Tour
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Nighttime Ghost Walking Tour

£19
Per adult
Guided Colonial Ghost Tour
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Guided Colonial Ghost Tour

£12
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Culinary Heritage Food Tour
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Culinary Heritage Food Tour

£53
Per adult
Williamsburg Brewery & Distillery Bus Tour
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Williamsburg Brewery & Distillery Bus Tour

£55
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Williamsburg West Tour
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Williamsburg West Tour

£12
Per adult

Reviews of Williamsburg

4.8

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5/5 - Excellent

Ken

4 Nov 2019

Lovely place, excellent accommodation. Only there for limited time, hopefully we will be back sometime in the future.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Oct 2019

A beautiful town well worth a visit

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Aug 2019

Lots of excellent places to visit. Beautiful well kept surroundings.

5/5 - Excellent

Chris

27 May 2019

A really lovely area with great history .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 May 2019

If interested in history, this restored town is wonderful. Town is superbly rebuilt with retina tents, lectures and plays pertaining to historical period. Absolutely, the best.

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