For many travelers, the highlight of a trip to historic Williamsburg is a tour of the ornate Governor’s Palace, which served as the official residence of the Royal Governors of the Colony of Virginia. Construction on the Governor’s Palace began in 1706, and although updates and remodeling continued for decades, official construction concluded in 1722. Thomas Jefferson was the last governor to live in the palace.
The 30-minute guided tour of the site takes visitors back to the early 18th century. Docents lead the tour dressed in period-era clothing through the palace's three floors, each spanning over 3,300 square feet, an extensive cellar and numerous outbuildings. The main house burned down in 1781 but has since been restored to much of its former grandeur.
An all-access ticket to Historic Williamsburg includes the Governor’s Palace. Tours last approximately 30 minutes and educate visitors on the palace’s history and the lifestyle of the royal governors who lived here. The palace is generally open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and ticket prices vary, depending on the number of Williamsburg attractions you'd like to see.