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Williamsburg and the Area

Located about 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., and midway between Richmond and Norfolk on Interstate 64, Williamsburg is home to an award-winning theme park, seemingly unlimited recreation opportunities and the world's largest living history museum. Learn more at

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Colonial Williamsburg

Explore the Area

Perhaps best known for Colonial Williamsburg, this lively town is also home to Busch Gardens, Water Country USA and Jamestown Settlement. Just an hour to the east, you can take a dip at the Virginia Beach oceanfront or drive an hour west to explore downtown Richmond’s historic charm. Washington, D.C. and the mountains of Shenandoah National Park are also popular road trips for whatever your interests may be.

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Prince George Street

Nearby Dining & Shopping

Merchants Square & Prince George Street
Across the street from campus, Merchants Square and nearby Prince George Street offer dozens of coffee shops, cafes and restaurants. W&M favorites include Amber Ox Public House, Aromas, Blue Talon Bistro, The Cheese Shop and Precarious Beer Project.

The Delis
Known to W&M students as “the Delis,” the pubs and restaurants along Scotland Street across from Zable Stadium are a beloved hangout. Menus include pizza, subs, salads and famous cheese fries.

Tribe Square
A short walk down Richmond Road along the edge of campus, you’ll find a conveniently located Wawa and Chick-fil-A to grab a quick bite.

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The Edge District's Virginia Beer Company

Other Williamsburg Options

The Edge District
Williamsburg’s newest foodie destination, the Edge District brings together innovative restaurants and craft beverages with shopping and nightly events.

High Street
Along Richmond Road a short distance from campus, High Street is a shopping and dining center with a movie theater and more.


Midtown Row

Other Williamsburg Options, Part 2


Midtown Row
Located along Monticello Avenue on the way to the W&M School of Education, Midtown Row is Williamsburg’s newest dining and shopping center.

New Town
A short drive from campus, New Town offers dozens of restaurants and shops as well as a movie theater, ice cream and more.

Williamsburg Premium Outlets
Just four miles from campus on Richmond Road, this outdoor shopping destination has over 120 premium brand stores with impressive savings.

Colorful fireworks on display above the Governor's Palace for a large crowd

Historic Triangle

Located on the Virginia Peninsula between the York and James Rivers, the Historic Triangle is formed by the early American historical sites of Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. The capital of Virginia in 1698, downtown Williamsburg is centered around Duke of Gloucester Street (DoG Street, to locals), which connects William & Mary to Colonial Williamsburg and forms an ideal corridor for student joggers.