Governor's PalaceCurrently Closed
- Address: 300 Palace Green St, Williamsburg, VA 23185, United States
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-8004478679
- Ticket Price: 41 USD
- Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
- Tags: Outdoors, Educational Site, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Heritage Building
Governor's Palace - Review
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 Information
- 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.
Governor's Palace Ticket Prices
- 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 Opening and Closing Hours
- Colonial Williamsburg and the Governor’s Palace are open 365 days a year.
How To reach Governor's Palace by Public Transport
- An Amtrak station lies a few blocks away.
Restaurants Near Governor's Palace
- Christiana Campbell’s Tavern
- Terrace Room
- Regency Room
- Taste Studio
- Huzzah! BBQ Grille
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Things to Know Before Visiting Governor's Palace
94.85% of people who visit Williamsburg include Governor's Palace in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
57.77% of people start their Governor's Palace visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Governor's Palace
91.03% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Governor's Palace
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Governor's Palace, Williamsburg Reviews
Painstaking recreation of the original. You will feel like you stepped into the 1770s. They did a great job with the children's tour. Well worth the time. Be sure to allot some time to walk the gardens and explore the cellar, kitchen, and the rest of the grounds. There is even a hedge maze in the far back part of the property (though it was closed on the day we were there). Ask lots of questions, the historians will likely have the answers for you.
Great experience, very cool place, very well kept up. It's an absolutely beautiful historical park and filled with interesting facts about our history. Most of the information is not in a text book. The people here have researched all the way down to personal written accounts of the events during the time period. The tours paint a wonderful picture of life back then, great experience, we will return.
Great historical colonial town, an absolutely must see if you are in the area. There are literally hundreds of buildings to explore. Some are restored others rebuilt. The two most notable are the House of Burgesses, the first colonial assembly in the English Colonies. The second is the Governor's Mansion, the home to the colonial governors and the newly independent state governors, including Thomas Jefferson. On a side note for you runners out there, an early morning run through the town is a delight.
Always a fun time. Today we got to do the maze and climb the ice house. We had a lovely time talking to the apprentices in the kitchen. They are thoughtful and knowledgeable, always a joy. I can't wait to see what they cook up next visit.
Although the people who lived here, at the Governors Mansion, were in charge of the place, I wouldn’t want to have been in their shoes! Nope. Not me. It is soooo big. However. There were more than 500 slaves/servants to run the place. For me that would make it worse, I’d want to free them all and ask them if they wanted a job. And then we could all go long in a better situation. In those days there were such clear definitions of class and position. People were more concerned about feeding themselves and not being attacked. But the continued Royal British control meant all the Governors wives brought the fashions and ideas with them and along with it their religion, technology and food. This house has Windsor Castle written all over it! It looks like a mini English Palace. And it was meant to be that way. There are other ones like this all around the glob, the Bahamas, Bermuda and the rest of the Commonwealth countries to which England once laid claim. The Governors Mansion has been reconstructed so well. The Verdigris green paint just took my breath away. And one thing lingers: it’s shocking the way people were judged based purely on appearances alone. (And Still Are) Initially you would receive an audience if your wore the right clothing and had the right appearance and bearing. Manners were also a tell. That would be the first step. If you had business with the Governor, it would depend on the purpose of your visit where you would be escorted to within the Governors Mansion. We got to visit the inner workings of the home. Enjoy!
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