Williamsburg – America’s colonial capital and the nation’s largest and most extensively restored eighteenth-century town is world-renowned for its public buildings, homes, stores, taverns, working trades, domestic crafts, and gardens. Experience the re-creation of colonial life in the mid-1700s.
Enjoy the splendor of the Governor’s Palace, home of seven royal governors and the first two Virginia governors. Visit the Capitol, the meeting place of the colonial legislature. Treasure the serene elegance of Bruton Parish Church. Walk in the footsteps of our founding fathers who laid the groundwork for a great nation.
Spend some extra time in Williamsburg to enjoy America’s colonial capital. The historic area encompasses 173 acres, 90 of which are gardens and greens. It has over 500 structures, 88 of which are original, with the rest accurately reconstructed on their original sites. Colonial Williamsburg Museums feature internationally acclaimed exhibits. Enjoy eighteenth-century dining in one of the restored taverns.
Plan to arrive a day or two early or stay later so you can enjoy the many amenities of Virginia’s historic triangle:
For additional information:
Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance
Yorktown Victory Center
Yorktown Visitor Center and Battlefield
Virginia Tourist Information
Travel to Williamsburg
Williamsburg is located just off Interstate I-64 (east-west corridor). It is less than one hour from Interstate I-95, a major north-south corridor in the eastern United States.
Richmond International Airport (RIC) – about one hour away
Patrick Henry Airport in Newport News (PHF) – about 30-45 minutes away
Norfolk International Airport (ORF) – about 1-1/4 hours away
By Amtrak (WBG)
www.amtrak.com or 800-USA-RAIL
Driving Directions to Crowne Plaza Williamsburg at Fort Magruder (via I-64)
Take Exit 242-A Williamsburg/Jamestown exit.
Crowne Plaza Williamsburg at Fort Magruder
The Crowne Plaza Williamsburg at Fort Magruder is a full-service hotel offering numerous amenities. Their restaurants offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The hotel is a short walk or drive to the restored area of Colonial Williamsburg.
Make your reservations directly with the hotel by calling between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET.
Colonial Williamsburg Ticket Information
One-day Basic Ticket – Explore the core of the bustling eighteenth-century city. Tour the Capitol, trade shops, and more (excludes Governor’s Palace Tour). Adult $36 · Youth $18
One-Day Plus Ticket – The ticket includes access to all general admission sites including the Governor’s Palace. Adult $46 · Youth $23. If purchased online: Adult $39.10 · Youth $19.55
Check www.history.org/visit/planYourVisit/ticketPlans/ for special offers.
Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Dining
George Washington ate here... and Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Wythe, and dozens of others who were forging a new nation. Then, as now, each tavern had its own distinct personality and drew its own crowd of regulars. Shield’s, the simple, rustic charm of the 1740s. Christiana Campbell’s, George Washington’s favorite. King’s Arms, genteel and high mannered. Chowning’s, a slightly rowdy ale house.
Taverns then and now . . . In the eighteenth-century, Williamsburg’s taverns provided comfortable lodgings for travelers as well as serving as places to gather for meals, conversation, and entertainment. Proprietors prided themselves on serving filling meals using the freshest ingredients. Today, Colonial Williamsburg’s historic dining taverns carry on these traditions by providing a relaxed and comfortable setting for diners to experience some of the flavor of the eighteenth century – through atmosphere, entertainment, and food.
These taverns are the only places in the world where you can still get a taste of colonial comforts and camaraderie. Even the food and drink are much like Washington himself enjoyed over two centuries ago.
Advance dining reservations are recommended for those restaurants marked *.
Christiana Campbell’s Tavern*
King’s Arms Tavern*