UPDATE MARCH 30, 2020:  The following City of Williamsburg buildings and facilities are closed to the public through April 23:  Municipal Building, Stryker Center, Quarterpath Recreation Center, Waller Mill Park, Police Department and Fire Station (only required staff will be at work, others will be teleworking). Governor Northam issued a "stay at home" executive order through June 10, 2020. Business assistance information can be found here. The City's telephone hotline (for city service questions):  (757) 259-7200 and the Virginia Health Dept. call center (for COVID-19 questions/concerns):  (757) 594-7069.

Certified Tour Guide Program

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Certified Tour Guide Program


certified tour guideThe purpose and spirit of our Certified Tour Guide Program is to ensure the candidate has a basic functional knowledge of the City, its history, and to answer participant's questions accurately. Our testing covers areas of history, architecture, and public safety.

We encourage you to seek out those guides who have invested the extra time and commitment by participating in our program. Certified Tour Guides are held to a higher standard for your Williamsburg adventure!


Click here to see a list of current Certified Tour Guides

Licensing Requirements Explained 

Licensing Ordinance (PDF)

Ordinance Amendment, January 2019 - This amendment changes the testing requirement to a voluntary basis.

Ordinance Amendment, March 2019 This amendment changes the licensing fee from $100 to $25

Licensing Application (PDF)

Tour Guide Safety Information

Test Study Materials 


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425 Armistead Ave.
     Williamsburg, VA 23185
     Phone: (757) 220-2331
     Emergency: 911