Why We’re the Best

There are a few things we would like to point out about what makes us a different experience than the other ghost tours in the area, because we are sincerely passionate about hauntings in Williamsburg. We put a lot of hard work into these tours and we want you to get the best value for your money. That’s why US City Traveler has rated us as one of the Top 10 tours in the US, and we are mentioned in INC and Huffington Post.

Enough preamble. Here are 12 reasons Colonial Ghost tours are your best bet in Williamsburg, VA:

1. Colonial Ghost tours are genuine and original.

We are the only ghost tour company in town that has done our own research and actually documented our hauntings. We fact check and verify every story we tell, but more importantly, we document the haunting activity (see blog here for proof!). Other tours rely on books or made up urban legends, and adorn these with silly costumes, props and gimmicks. Which is fine, if you’re a theatrical company. Or your goal is just to entertain. But Colonial Ghosts has a different mission. We are fascinated with real human stories and real hauntings, and we want to share these incredible experiences with you.

2. Exclusive access to stories and sites you won’t see with other tours.

Because we do our own research and investigations, our stories and the sites we visit are unique. You won’t learn these secrets with any other tour in town.

3. The most haunting sites of any walking ghost tour in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Our tours cover 19 different haunted sites. And every year, we work to improve our tours by digging deeper into the stories and hauntings we’re already familiar with, or else finding and verifying new sites.

4. Colonial Ghosts has been voted the highest rated ghost tour on Tripadvisor, and the 4th overall highest rated tour in any category.

Colonial Ghosts tours define the standard for professional walking tours, and our company has consistently been rated the top ghost tour attraction in Williamsburg, Virginia for years because of our fantastic guides.

That’s saying something because the competition is stiff here (this place is severely haunted)! In fact, our guides, our material, and the haunting site selection have made Colonial Ghosts consistently competitive on lists for doing anything in Williamsburg, Virginia, including sailing, food tasting, wine tasting, beer tasting… even zip-lining!

5. We only hire the best guides in the business.

Have you ever had a terrible tour guide? Someone who wasn’t very likable, wasn’t very knowledgeable, didn’t have a good command of the group, was boring, unengaging, and just left you feeling like you had wasted your money?

Our tour guides are the polar opposite. They will make a believer out of you. Not just in ghosts, but in how awesome a properly guided tour can be. Our guides take their role seriously - they are guiding you through 300 years of history, in places that have been evidently haunted, almost weekly, since they were discovered.

Colonial Ghosts only employs guides that pass a series of benchmarks, including story telling ability, friendliness, tact, historical knowledge, command presence, organization and time management, rapport building, and most importantly, responsibility! No matter how big your group, where you’re from, how old you are, or what language you speak, our guides will deliver a terrifyingly fun, spooky and memorable experience. You will look back on your tour fondly and reminisce for years about the experience, thanks to our fantastic guides!

6. We share the entire story with you, in hair raising, bone-chilling detail, for every location!

On our tours, you will discover the amazing and gruesome stories that have made Williamsburg, Virginia one of the most haunted locations in the continental United States. You’ll learn things like:

The intriguing origin of the phrase “bite the bullet”... and what it has to do with the haunting of the Governor's Palace!

The true story of Lady Ann Skipwith, and why she is reported to be the most spotted ghost in Williamsburg! Not one in a thousand ghost hunters gets this story right, but we have verified the facts for you, and Colonial Ghosts reveals all!finding and verifying new sites.

The secret name for Tucker Hall, twice reported by the newspaper, that the College of William and Mary does NOT want you to know!

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7. WARNING: Our guests routinely experience real hauntings.

This is not a joke. In fact, it’s worth mentioning that while children are allowed on our tours, and we consider ourselves a family friendly establishment, children are only admitted at the discretion of responsible parents. Meaning there’s a good chance you’re going to see, hear or feel something paranormal on our tours. If you think your youngsters can handle it, then they’re welcome to join us. But give this some real thought. Not everyone can handle this sort of experience with maturity and equanimity. Some people panic. Our guides are trained to handle such scenarios, but what is most important for you to consider is how you or those you bring with you will be affected over the long term. Check out our blog here for videos and pictures, so you can better prepare yourself and see if Colonial Ghosts is right for you.

8. In case of bad weather, we reschedule for free!

We don’t punish you for things you can’t control. We are here to share a great experience with you, not to pinch pennies. If the weather turns on us, we will do everything we can to make sure you either get a tour that fits your schedule, or else we will refund your money immediately, and you will be a welcomed friend anytime you want to walk with us again.

9. We have EMF (electromagnetic frequency) detectors available for rent.

These are the tools licensed paranormal investigators use to carry out thorough investigations. We will show you everything you need to know, so you can use these tools to detect ghoulish activity at each of our 19 haunted sites.

10. Colonial Ghosts offers the first and only cemetery tour in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Nobody else has researched, documented or organized a tour through the cemetery. We are proud of the work our researchers and guides have done here, and we believe you will be blown away by the experience.

11. If you’ve got the nerve for it, we offer a late night tour, called our Ultimate Tour.

This tour kicks off at 10pm, and will take you through the most haunted sites of Williamsburg when they are most active. Make sure you’re ready for this one. Do whatever you need to do to mentally prepare. Meditate. Say a prayer. It’s a doozy.

12. We are the only ghost tour company in town to offer you a legitimate ghost hunting experience.

You will use all of the pricey gadgets the professionals use, including EMF detectors, ambient thermometers, radio frequency scanning “spirit boxes”, EVP recorders and the laser grid.

Of course, if you’re going to hunt for ghosts, it’s imperative you maintain the ghost hunting safety rules:

  • Remain calm.

    If you panic, you could scare off the very spirits you’re trying to detect. Or worse, you could injure yourself.
  • Be polite.

    These spirits have haunted these grounds for some time. Most of them have shockingly gruesome origin stories. And, they’re human. They deserve your respect. If you are making the effort to communicate with them, keep in mind they may not be aware they are dead. Showing gratitude and respect is paramount, not only to effective communication, but for safety reasons as well.
  • Do not provoke the spirits.

    Whatever power they have over the physical world, you don’t want to bring it down on yourself or your group. This is not a joke.
  • Stay together.

    Never, ever wander off alone, for any reason. We use the buddy system here. Two is one and one is none.
  • Watch your step.

    Our investigations happen in dark, low-visibility environments. It’s easy to trip or fall if you’re not careful.

We’re going to let our Colonial Ghosts tour guests do most of the talking.

You can read their experiences in the reviews below, and even see how many stars they rate our tours with.

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Great tour with Minna!


September 06, 2017

We took the Ultimate Tour at 10:00 pm withMinna. She was great and the tour was lots of fun! Many of... Read More

Colonial Ghost tour with Nicki


September 05, 2017

Nicki was a great tour guide. She was engaging with everyone on the tour and even pulled the kids in... Read More