Colonial Williamsburg Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Colonial Williamsburg Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour


Tour description

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Stop At: Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center, 101 Visitor Center Dr, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4565

The tour of this beautifully preserved slice of Colonial America begins at the Visitor Center, where you can get your first taste of the nation's largest living museum.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Peyton Randolph House, 100 W Nicholson St, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA

Your first stop is at the doorstep of the Peyton Randolph House, the former home of a fiery revolutionary and one of the oldest buildings in Williamsburg! You might not have heard of William Randolph, but he was a trusted ally of folks like Thomas Jefferson

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Colonial Williamsburg Capitol Building, W Duke of Gloucester St, Cool, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Keep your ears open at our next stop for the iconic fife and drum parade which marches through the town regularly. Here, you'll also learn about the military significance of these old-timey instruments

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Bassett Hall, 522 E Francis St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-4207

A simple two-story 18th-century white frame farmhouse nestled on 585 acres of lawn, garden, and woodlands, Bassett Hall once was the Williamsburg home of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller .Philip Johnson, a member of the House of Burgesses from King and Queen County, Virginia, is believed to have built the 18th-century frame house sometime between 1753 and 1766.
Purchased by Burwell Bassett around 1800
Union cavalryman George Armstrong Custer guest in home during the Civil War

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Colonial Williamsburg Capitol Building, W Duke of Gloucester St, Cool, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Built between 1701 and 1705, the first Williamsburg statehouse served the colony of Virginia until fire destroyed the building in 1747.The first floor of the west building was for the General Court and the colony's secretary, the first floor of the east for the House of Burgesses and its clerk. Arched windows marched across the facades. Stairs on one side led to the Council Chamber, a lobby, and the Council clerk's office
stairs on the other side led to three committee rooms. A second-floor conference room connected the classically corniced structures, and a six-sided cupola on the ridge of the hipped and dormered roof crowned it all. Though the west wing was completed by July 1703, it took Cary until November 1705 to finish all the work.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Secretary's Office, E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA

Next is the unassuming little Secretary's Office, where all the documents needed to reconstruct Williamsburg's colonial days were stored

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Raleigh Tavern, W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA

After that, you'll arrive at the Raleigh Tavern, where rebellious Virginians met to plot a possible revolution against their British rulers. These meetings even welcomed famous names like Thomas Jefferson!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Colonial Williamsburg Magazine, 103 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Then you'll come to the Colonial Williamsburg Magazine, the site of a tense standoff between American patriots and British soldiers trying to steal all the gunpowder from the town before it could fall into rebel hands

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Colonial Williamsburg Courthouse, 101 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA

Directly opposite the Magazine, you'll find the old courthouse, where residents of Williamsburg heard the Declaration of Independence read aloud for the very first time

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Playhouse Theater, 466-0A-00, #058, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA

Up next is the Play House Stage, a recreation of one of America's first theatres. The original may have failed terribly, but this one still puts on shows on a regular basis!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Governor's Palace, Northern End of Palace Green Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA

Then you'll see the extravagant Governor's Palace, and maybe start to get a sense of why the residents of Williamsburg didn't particularly care for their British royal governors!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: George Wythe House, Palace Green Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Up next is the house of George Wythe, a signer of the Declaration of Independence who stands out from most of his compatriots because of one simple fact: he was an abolitionist. In Virginia, a state which used a huge amount of slave labor, this didn't exactly make him a lot of friends!

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, 201 W Duke of Gloucester St (Next to Palace Green), Williamsburg, VA 23185-4201

Continuing on, you'll arrive at the oldest building in Colonial Williamsburg: the Bruton Parish Episcopal Church. Here, you'll learn not just about the church's surprising history, but also about how it's the whole reason Colonial Williamsburg exists in the first place

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Armistead House, 320 N Henry St, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA

After that is the Bowden-Armistead House, the history of which showcases some of the deep divisions which cut through Williamsburg around the time of the Civil War. See, the owner was a northerner, and you can probably imagine how his Virginian neighbors felt about that...

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The College of William and Mary, 102 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185-3616

Your route takes you next onto the campus of William & Mary College, the oldest college in the United States

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: The Wren Building, Wren Bldg, 111 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA

The final stop on your tour is the Wren Building, an impressive structure which isn't just the oldest building on the William & Mary Campus, but the oldest college building in the entire United States!

Duration: 5 minutes

What's included

  • App on your phone: A link to download the Action Guide app. Password for your tours. Preview at home
  • Easy to use: Stories play automatically by GPS. Hands-free. Get HELP all day: Call, Chat or Email.
  • Good value: Buy just one per car. Don’t pay for each person. Save money compared to a bus tour.
  • Private tour in your/rental car: No group. Take breaks for photos/ snacks/hikes. Go at your own pace
  • Flexible schedule: Use any day, any time. Travel over multiple days or on next trip. Never expires.
  • Offline use: No cell signal or wifi required. Offline GPS Map & route. Stop-to-stop direction.
  • Don’t miss a thing: Full itinerary, travel tips, professionally narrated hidden stories, video, text

What's not included

  • Transportation, parking fee, food/drinks
  • National Park/attraction Passes, entry tickets, or reservation
  • Entry/Admission - Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center
  • Entry/Admission - Colonial Williamsburg Capitol Building
  • Entry/Admission - Bassett Hall
  • Entry/Admission - Secretary's Office
  • Entry/Admission - Raleigh Tavern
  • Entry/Admission - Colonial Williamsburg Magazine
  • Entry/Admission - Colonial Williamsburg Courthouse
  • Entry/Admission - Playhouse Theater
  • Entry/Admission - Governor's Palace
  • Entry/Admission - George Wythe House
  • Entry/Admission - Bruton Parish Episcopal Church
  • Entry/Admission - Armistead House
  • Entry/Admission - The College of William and Mary
  • Entry/Admission - The Wren Building

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User Reviews

  • Olga_C
    My location wasn't show on the map of this application. It was the plan of historic area , didn't connect with my location. Bad experience
  • Bongotoyoy
    The tour was very informative and was easy to navigate through. The narrator gave 34 separate talks about 1 to 2 minutes long each. It worked by GPS, so there was no need to start or stop the tour. We kept our phones in our pockets and walked. We did not have to keep up a certain pace, it worked at our pace and patiently waited while we shopped and ate between stops. Great tour and price.
  • amandamF4573VG
    Easy to use and lots of great history! We really enjoyed being able to go at our own pace. Best audio tour!
  • marthagE3006XT
    We purchased and did the tour in November '22. We had no problem with the execution of it. It started automatically when we got to a certain place without us having to prompt it. When each recitation started, it would briefly describe the building or area it was going to talk about, so you knew what you were looking at. I would have liked to have more anecdotes about the people and places, though the history was great. Well worth purchasing and using. Note: we did not buy the entry to the houses, but simply used this walking tour. I concluded about halfway through that, if you stop at the Episcopal Church (dollar donation) and if you stop and talk to the actors/reinactors, I was satisfied with the level of involvement that I got.
  • Christine S
    The only way to tour! We could walk at our own pace, stop where we want, etc. The audio would automatically kick in and give you the history behind each marked home. Our only problem was that my phone battery died before we finished the tour - but we were definitely taking our time. Next time we will shut the phone down between stops, or maintain a good pace, while keeping an eye on the battery situation.
  • kartini sri cit... s
    I kind of stopped and started a few times but all in all it was a very informative and educational tour. I was quite lucky compared to the other tourists! Luckily it was a very nice day for a long walk.
  • 96louish
    I liked learning the history behind each stop; well explained. What I don't understand is why they have you park like a mile from the starting points, then just leave you 1.2 miles from your car with no guidance in the middle of the College of William & Mary campus? Would have been way easier to park in the Merchant Square area or such. Luckily, we are walkers. Some may have found the total walking distance to be too much, especially in the summer.
  • Jeanne_C
    The stories were good but brief and the offline version never worked and when the Internet was bad, it was like having nothing at all. Ibalso accidentally bought too many. Only one is needed for a group.
  • travellvr32655
    This tour was great. After reading that many buildings were still closed for the full tour I decided to try it. For $8.00 I thought I could always buy a real ticket if I decided I wanted one. Easy download - easy to follow map - it senses where you are and starts narrating when you’re close to a stop. Very interesting-takes about an hour. It’s not a loop so you’ll be a ways from the start when you are done. I liked it so much I wished there were more buildings on the route. Great narration great value.
  • 920raymondr
    Visited via telephone - weren’t able to go in person, however our experience with the front desk was excellent. Illness prevented us from going to the Colonies.




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