Williamsburg colonial self-guided walking tour
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Williamsburg colonial self-guided walking tour

Free cancellation
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 3 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Explore a town restored to look and feel exactly like it did during the 1700s
  • Follow the dramatic events which took place during the leadup to the American Revolution
  • Get inside info on Williamsburg's history
  • Visit the historic campus of the William & Mary School, the nation's second-oldest university
What to expect

Your tour through Colonial Williamsburg begins at the visitor center just north of the town center. As you walk south, you’ll learn not only about the earliest residents of Williamsburg but also the Native Americans who called this place home when the first European settlers arrived. The first major landmark you’ll arrive at will be the Peyton Randolph House, a gorgeous home dating back to 1715.

Next, you’ll arrive at the Fife and Drum Building, where you’ll learn about the importance these simple instruments had during battles. Continuing onwards, you’ll hear about the origins of the Colonial Williamsburg museum project, including how America’s first billionaire, John D. Rockefeller, bankrolled the whole thing! After that, you’ll see the Public Gaol, a grim prison that once held all manner of unsavory sorts.

Up next is Bassett Hall, the lavish estate where Rockefeller lived while overseeing the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. Then it’s on to the old Capitol Building, where Virginia once declared independence from Britain, four days before the Declaration of Independence was signed. You’ll find the Raleigh Tavern next. During the 1700s, this tavern’s unassuming facade hid secret revolutionary meetings within.

Next, you’ll come to the Williamsburg Magazine, an old munitions storehouse. As you make your way to the Play House Stage, a recreation of one of the country’s oldest theatres, you’ll hear a few spooky stories about ghost sightings that have taken place throughout Williamsburg. Then, you’ll reach the Governor’s Palace. You’ll see two of the town’s most historic structures: the George Wythe House and the Bruton Parish Episcopal Church.

Finally, you’ll make your way to the historic campus of the William & Mary School, the nation’s second-oldest university. Here, you’ll find one of Williamsburg’s oldest and most impressive buildings. The tour concludes here.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative result from a recent antigen or molecular test may be required, please check the local requirements before your visit.
  • What's included
    • Self-guided tour taken via the local operator app
    • Unique password (sent by email/text) for access to the app
    • Live GPS map on your phone
    • Audio narration
    • Text explanations
    • List of the entire route from stop to stop
    What's not included
    • Entrance tickets to paid attractions
    • Food and drinks
    Where

    Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center, 101 Visitor Center Dr, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA

    What to remember
    • This is a self-guided tour; no guide will accompany you
    • Please note: be sure to download the local operator app and enter your unique password for access to the audio tour
    • Please bring your own headphones and smartphone
    • Downloading and accessing the app requires roaming data and/or good WiFi
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    When
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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    Provider
    ACTION TOUR GUIDE LIMITED
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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