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Colonial Williamsburg: Self-Guided Walking Tour

3.9 / 5

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Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

Colonial Williamsburg: Self-Guided Walking Tour

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

From US$ 8 per person

See history come alive in Colonial Williamsburg, the largest living museum in America, on this historic self-guided walking tour.

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Valid 365 days
from first activation
Audio guide included
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience a tour by creative writers and voice artists
  • Step back in time to the 1700s
  • Follow dramatic events leading up to the American Revolution
  • Get inside info on Williamsburg’s history
  • Visit landmarks older than the United States
Full description

On this self-guided walking tour where an app is your guide, narrator, and map all in one, explore Colonial Williamsburg, a beautifully restored colonial town full of actors living out the lives of 18th-century Americans.

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one.

Your tour begins at Colonial Williamsburg’s visitor center just north of the town center. As you walk south, you’ll learn about the earliest residents of Williamsburg and the Native Americans who called this place home when the first European settlers arrived. The first major landmark you’ll arrive at is the Peyton Randolph House, a gorgeous home dating back to 1715. Its former owner was a key revolutionary figure, though you might not have heard about him in school. Next, 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 onward, hear about the origins of the Colonial Williamsburg museum project, including how America’s first billionaire, John D. Rockefeller, bankrolled the whole thing. Afterward, you’ll see the Public Gaol, a grim prison that once held prisoners incarcerated for everything from petty theft to murder. It even held But would you 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, just 4 days before the Declaration of Independence was signed. The next stop is Raleigh Tavern. During the 1700s, this tavern’s unassuming facade hid secret revolutionary meetings within. Next, come to the Williamsburg Magazine, an old munitions storehouse. 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 theaters, you’ll hear a few spooky stories about ghost sightings that have taken place throughout Williamsburg. After that, you’ll reach the Governor’s Palace, where Virginia’s Royal Governor ruled over the people of this state, that is until he was forced to flee in the dead of night. Then, see two of the town’s most historic structures: the George Wythe House and the Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. The George Wythe House was home to a signer of the Declaration of Independence who was also a staunch abolitionist. Bruton Parish Episcopal Church predates the town itself and is the whole reason for the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg. Finally, make your way to the historic campus of the College of William & Mary, the nation’s second-oldest university. Finish your tour by seeing one of Williamsburg’s oldest and most impressive buildings and learning a little about the college’s controversial history.

Includes
  • Self-guided tour through the Action Tour Guide app
  • Unique password (sent by email) for access
  • GPS App for iPhone and Android
  • Offline functionality
  • 34 stories/narrations along the walk.
  • Written text explanations
  • Route from stop to stop
  • List of stops along the route
  • Online Support — chat, email and call
  • Entry to paid attractions
  • Vehicle rentals
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation
  • Parking
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Participants

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Meeting point

This is a self-guided experience and not an entrance ticket. It begins at Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center, 101 Visitor Center Dr, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA. Be sure to check your email before you begin to download the Action Tour Guide app, enter your unique password, and access your tour. These steps require good data/wifi. From there, simply follow the audio instructions and the route. Have questions? Visit Action Tour Guide’s Help page: https://actiontourguide.com/faq/

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Headphones
  • Charged Smartphone
  • Power bank

Know before you go

  • This is an audio guide, no guide will accompany you. The app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map. This is not an entry ticket
  • Please arrange for a vehicle before you take the tour. You only need to book one tour per vehicle, not per person
  • After the booking, you will receive an email with a link to the app and a unique password to access the tour within the app
  • This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists
  • Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms
  • This tour is valid forever, from the moment of booking. You will not need to change the booking if your travel plans change
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 7 reviews

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The app didn't show that we could have parked much closer. Would have saved us a lot of time and likely 2,000+ steps.

October 20, 2022

We enjoyed the self guided tour except for the hurricane rain that day. Made the best we could of it.

October 7, 2022

September 30, 2022

Product ID: 404976