Colonial Williamsburg self-guided audio walking tour

101 Visitor Center Dr, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA, Williamsburg, United States of America
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What To Expect

Your tour through Colonial Williamsburg begins, appropriately, 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. Its former owner was actually a key revolutionary figure, though you might not have heard about him in school!Next, you’ll arrive at the Fife and Drum Building, where you’ll learn about the importance these simple instruments had during battles. If you’re lucky, you may also catch a performance of Colonial Williamsburg’s very own fife and drum band as they march through town!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! He was apparently a bit of a history buff.After that, you’ll see the Public Gaol, a grim prison that once held all manner of unsavory sorts. But would you believe it also held Blackbeard’s pirate crew while they waited to be executed?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!Speaking of independence, 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. Here, you’ll learn the dramatic tale of a standoff between British troops and Williamsburg residents on the eve of the revolution.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--not especially surprising considering how much history lives here!After that, you’ll reach the Governor’s Palace, where Virginia’s Royal Governor ruled over the people of this state… until he was forced to flee in the dead of night.Then you’ll see two of the town’s most historic structures: the George Wythe House and the Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. The former was home to a signer of the Declaration of Independence who was also a staunch abolitionist. The latter actually predates the town itself, and is the whole reason for the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg!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, and learn a little about the college’s controversial history.

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Important info

Know in advance:

  • This is a self-guided tour; no guide will accompany you. The Action Tour Guide app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map all in one
  • After booking the tour, search your email for the phrase "Set up your self-guided tour now." Follow these instructions NOW to finish setting up the tour while you have Wi-Fi/data. Do NOT wait until you are onsite
  • Purchase per car, not per person
  • Offline maps: no signal, no problem! Works perfectly without cellular or wifi
  • Audio stories play on their own based on your location
  • Start anytime, pause anywhere, enjoy breaks
  • Use multiple times over multiple trips
  • All-day support line through call, chat, or email for help
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. Parking. Transportation
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Tour a town restored to look and feel exactly like it did during the 1700s. Follow the dramatic events which took place here during the leadup to the American Revolution. Get inside info on Williamsburg’s history, including how John Rockefeller is connected to it. Visit landmarks older than the United States, including the campus of the second oldest university in the entire country

Cancellation Policy
can-cancel You can cancel your tour until a day in advance
Meeting Point

101 Visitor Center Dr, Williamsburg, VA 23185