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School Group Tours

For more than 70 years Colonial Williamsburg has provided a premier school field trip destination, offering schools assistance in addressing educational standards and individually tailoring an experience that fits unique classroom needs. Once your students step into the Historic Area they are fully immersed in 18th-century Virginia’s colonial capital city. Our interactive programs and cross-curricular investigations will engage students’ minds. They will see and experience life as the founding families did in the 1700s, and our professional tour guides will make their learning fun!

Looking for an interesting way to introduce a unit? Searching for a memorable review of material examined earlier in the year? We will work with you to create a customized tour. Whether you wish to cover math, science, English or history, our professional educators will partner with you to create a tailored experience.

Ticket & Reservation Information

Select your admission ticket based on the number of days you will be visiting and if you would prefer a self-guided or guided experience

Multi Day Ticket

Valid for two consecutive days. Provides admission to the Exhibition buildings, colonial trade shops and colonial homes. Also, includes admission to the Governor’s Palace and The Art Museums (Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Dewitt Wallace Decorative Art Museum and Bassett Hall).

3-Hour Guide

$28

Adult

$37

Student

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Stay and Save

You'll receive complimentary length-of-stay admission tickets when you book your stay directly through Colonial Williamsburg Resorts.

Self Guided

FREE with Hotel

Adult

FREE with Hotel

Student

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Single Day PLUS Ticket

Valid for one day. Provides admission to the exhibition buildings, colonial trade shops and colonial homes. Also, includes admission to the Governor’s Palace and The Art Museums (Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Dewitt Wallace Decorative Art Museum and Bassett Hall).

Self Guided

$26

Adult

$18

Student

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Single Day PLUS Ticket

Valid for one day. Includes a 3-Hour Guided tour. Provides admission to the exhibition buildings, colonial trade shops and colonial homes. Also, includes admission to the Governor’s Palace and The Art Museums (Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Dewitt Wallace Decorative Art Museum and Bassett Hall).

3-Hour Guide

$28

Adult

$20

Student

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Special Focus Tours

Select a Tour to go with your ticket. Our professional educators will partner with you to create a tailored experience.

Your Tour, Your Choice

All Ages

Looking for an interesting way to introduce a unit? Searching for a memorable review of material examined earlier in the year? We will work with you to create a customized tour. Whether you wish to cover math, science, English, or history, our professional educators will partner with you to create a customized tailored individualized experience. Your students will discover everything from the global economy to African American life, from fashion trades to agriculture and livestock, to government and politics. We want to personalize your experience to meet your curriculum needs. Contact us and we will begin planning your journey into the past.

Colonial Government and the Birth of our Democracy

Grades 6-12

How did our government come to be? Do your students take the words "We the People" for granted? Journey back in time with us and see how our system of government was born. From the workings of the colonial government to our first vote for independence, from the Virginia Declaration of Rights to the Bill of Rights in the Constitution, discover how the thoughts, actions, and various perspectives of people who loved and worked right here in Williamsburg influenced and shaped the government we have today. Your students will participate in an 18th - century election, will investigate the workings of 18th - century justice and even debate independence!

Women in 18th Century Williamsburg

Grades 6-12

In a letter dated March 31st, 1776, future First Lady Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John Adams, imploring the Continental Congress to "Remember the Ladies". On our "Women in 18th - Century Williamsburg" tour, we not only invite you to remember the ladies, we invite you to experience the town through the eyes of a notable housewife of the city. Discover how she orders her day. Meet the other women she interacts with throughout the city. By the end of the tour, there will be no way for your students to forget the ladies.

18th Century Daily Life

All grades

Are your students curious to know what their lives would have been like in the past? Journey back with us and explore everyday life, work, and play in 18th century Williamsburg. Your tour will be tailored to the age group of your students, be they in elementary, middle, or high school, and will give them a feel for what their life would have been like had they lived here then. You may join in hands-on activities such as drawing water from a well, trying on period fashions or possibly even assemble a bucket.

Visit Information

Explore the links below, to plan and prepare for your Colonial Williamsburg experience.

Evening Programs

Lodging & Dining

Helpful Hints

Visitors with Special Needs

Policies & Reservation Information

Reservations are required for all School & Youth Group Tours and Evening Programs.

Call 1-800-228-8878 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET), or email groupsales@cwf.org

All School & Youth Group tour rates are per person. Group tour rates do not apply to any other Colonial Williamsburg ticket.

Wheelchairs may be rented at the Visitor Center. Please call 1-800-228-8878 for details.

Deposit Policies

School & Youth Group Guided Tours

  • 2 adults must accompany each Interpreter
  • $50 deposit per interpreter

Admission Tickets

  • $50 deposit

Evening Program(s) -

  • 1 adult must accompany every 12 students
  • $200 deposit per program

Admission Tickets/ Evening Programs:

To qualify for group tour rates, groups must have at least 15 students. Due to building limitations, no more than 26 people are admitted at one time. Colonial Williamsburg requires at least two adults per group of 26 and includes one complimentary adult ticket with the purchase of every 10 student tickets. Evening Programs are based on availability. In order to book each group must book the minimum numbers required, 1 adult must accompany every 12 students and no comps for night events.

  • Deposits are required within 14 days of receipt of confirmation. The deposit will be applied to your bill at the time of payment.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if written cancellation is received 7 business days prior to arrival.
  • Services will be billed in full if written cancellation is not received 7 business days in advance of programs.
  • If the deposit is not received by the required date, all reservations will be canceled.

Final Numbers/ Changes/ Cancellations:

  • Admission Tickets / Evening Program changes / cancellations for the guaranteed final number of attendees will be accepted up to 7 full business days prior to the group's arrival date, Monday through Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM.
  • If a changes or a complete cancellation is received in less than 7 business days of the arrival date, the group will forfeit their deposit.
  • All cancellations must be received in the School & Group department for admission tickets and evening programs.

Evening Program Contact - After Hours:

On-Site Evening Program manager cell number is 757-880-2831. Secondary Numbery number is 757-229-1000 ext. 2213 or 2219. Please feel free to contact our after-hour numbers from 5:00pm - 10:00pm should you need assistance with direction to an evening program location, running late, or not able to make the program.

The after-hours number does not permit changes/cancellations on a reservation. All changes/updates must be made at the Group Arrivals Building.

For more information, call 1-800-228-8878 or email groupsales@cwf.org

School & Youth Group Visit Information

Our website is full of information and resources to help you make the most of your visit. Use this guide to prepare for your Colonial Williamsburg experience.

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Pre-visit and Post-visit Activities

Whether you are planning a trip to Williamsburg or need resources for your classroom instruction, colonialwilliamsburg.org provides activities, lessons, distance learning opportunities, and tools to communicate with your colleagues.

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How To Contact Us

For more information on Customized Guided Tours or to make reservations:

By mail:
School, Youth & Adult Day-Group Sales
Attention: Group Arrivals Building
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Post Office Box 627
Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776

For more information, call 1-800-228-8878, email groupsales@cwf.org, or fill out the Contact Us form.

Programs and prices are subject to change without notice.  Pricing effective from January 1 - December 31, 2021.