Is there talking throughout or just walk though yourself. We are deaf and wanted to know if we can go through and still get info as we see it.
It is a walk through. During formal tours, you will not be able to just walk through yourself, but you can at any other time.
If you are not sure if the ticket price will be worth it for you, and if you have more than one day in the area, I would suggest perhaps you go without a ticket and just walk around. You will not be able to go into certain shops, but there are a number of events (e.g. gun firing and firefighting demonstrations, fife and drum march at 5pm,) and locations (brickyard, outside excavations and gardens, Indian village) as well as an open marketplace, plus all the shops and taverns, that you do not need to purchase an admission ticket for at all. That might be a good enough experience for you without having to pay anything. Plus there is a free shuttle bus that does a circular loop around the whole area.
Be sure to go online to print out a daily schedule and map so you know when the outdoor demonstrations are happening. Enjoy!
There is some written information but I have never seen any program signed. You raise a very important point. I would contact the office directly because there might be services I am not aware of.
My suggestion is you contact Williamsburg to see if they have someone who can assist you. I don't remember much written information; it was mostly people talking.
Most of Colonial Williamsburg is just a walk through, however, the Palace and some of the more interesting stops have a guided tour or at least a time period character verbally describing the historical aspect of that area. For example, the gunsmith shop is small. You just stand in front of the counter and the gunsmith explains about weapons of the era, hunting, and some interesting facts pertaining to colloquialisms derived from the colonial period.
You can tour yourself and walk in and out of buildings to see it all. Some have info you can read before entering. Usually with a tour guide/group there is always talking because they are giving you lots of facts and information. If you do a ghost tour there is some talking and then quiet to see if there are hauntings.
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