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The Governor’s Palace is one of the largest buildings in Colonial Williamsburg that was built in the early 1700s. It used to be the official residence of the Royal Governors of the Colony of Virginia and served as its capital before it was moved to Richmond in 1780.
The Palace subsequently burned down in 1781 and was painstakingly reconstructed at the original site during the 1930s. The architectural beauty of the palace is something to behold. The palace is a must-visit for those visitors who are interested in the lives that the early settlers led and the kind of functions that took place then.
- Some events take place at the palace such as colonial dances, demonstrations and concerts.
- Behind the palace are beautiful, tiered gardens overlooking a stream.
Governor's Palace Travel Tips
- The palace is wheelchair accessible.
- Although the site is open during inclement weather, if it is raining steadily for more than three hours, you may request another ticket for another day. If the request is met, the ticket must be used by the end of the current year.
Entrance Ticket Details For Governor's Palace
- Ages 6-12: $20.49
- There is no singular ticket to visit the governor’s palace. Your ticket will let you visit the entirety of Colonial Williamsburg.
Governor's Palace Hours
- Colonial Williamsburg and the Governor’s Palace are open 365 days a year.
How to Reach Governor's Palace
- An Amtrak station lies a few blocks away.
- Christiana Campbell’s Tavern
- Terrace Room
- Regency Room
- Taste Studio
- Huzzah! BBQ Grille
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54.5% of people who visit Williamsburg include Governor's Palace in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
78.13% of people start their Governor's Palace visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Governor's Palace
91.55% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Governor's Palace
Governor's Palace Reviews & Ratings
Great tour guide. It is well worth the approximate 30 minutes to go through the house. Especially the impressive entrance hall full of weapons. The house was in good condition and was well air conditioned so it was a welcome escape from a hot humid day.
So pretty. Great tour with very knowledgeable staff. The kitchen was fun to hear about some of the crazy foods they ate way back then and some food was what we eat today. The house was beautiful and easy to get around in. Not cramped at all. The grounds were amazing! We had a really great time and learned so much from everyone working.
Nothing shabby about this residence! Spectacularly restored to its original quiet magnificence, the building and grounds were the British governor's home during the colonial period. It's a must see on any Colonial Williamsburg visit. The great lawn out front with it's many historic trees serves as a gathering place during large events like Grand Illumination and Independence Day fireworks. The palace itself sets well back from Duke of Gloucester St due to the expansive lawn. One of the many amazing details about this place is the armory housed in the entry foyer, presumably for quick defense of the palace and surrounds in the event of insurrection or attack by outsiders.
Another beautiful building. Not an original. Found out about some updates they did just because historical accuracy wasn't there. Great to know they are keeping up with these things.
Living history. Not to be missed. Learn about life in Colonial America. Loved the gardens and seeing chocolate being made. We attended a palace evening concert. Excellent quality and got to hear the actual 1700 instruments played.