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The College of William and Mary

P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-8795

1200Largest Group
60Meeting Rooms
1500Overnight Guests
2017 Winner: Best Venue for Team Building

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  • Wedding ReceptionsWedding Receptions

  • Catered EventsCatered Events

  • Dining Hall Chef StationDining Hall Chef Station

  • Residence HallsResidence Halls

  • Athletic FacilitiesAthletic Facilities

  • W&M Ariel View of Jamestown Road side of CampusW&M Ariel View of Jamestown Road side of Campus

  • Academic Building Amphitheatre Style ClassroomAcademic Building Amphitheatre Style Classroom

  • Busch Turf FieldBusch Turf Field

  • Full Service On-Site Catering AvailableFull Service On-Site Catering Available

  • Briggs Amphitheatre at Lake Matoaka - Stage ViewBriggs Amphitheatre at Lake Matoaka - Stage View

  • Briggs Amphitheatre at Lake Matoaka - Lawn ViewBriggs Amphitheatre at Lake Matoaka - Lawn View

  • Briggs Amphitheatre - Food Trucks for Concert EventBriggs Amphitheatre - Food Trucks for Concert Event

  • Lemon Hall - Interior Room Sample with LinensLemon Hall - Interior Room Sample with Linens

  • Kaplan Arena - Trade Show SetupKaplan Arena - Trade Show Setup

  • Wedding Ceremony at Briggs AmphitheatreWedding Ceremony at Briggs Amphitheatre

  • School of Education Meeting RoomSchool of Education Meeting Room

  • Tucker HallTucker Hall

  • Board MeetingsBoard Meetings

  • Residence Hall Lounge SpaceResidence Hall Lounge Space

  • Kaplan Arena - Special Event Stage and A/V SetupKaplan Arena - Special Event Stage and A/V Setup

  • Outdoor Tennis FacilitiesOutdoor Tennis Facilities

  • Full Service Conference Registration Management at On-Site and Off-Site VenuesFull Service Conference Registration Management at On-Site and Off-Site Venues

  • Rec Center - Fitness, Pool, Gymnasiums, Multipurpose Activity CourtsRec Center - Fitness, Pool, Gymnasiums, Multipurpose Activity Courts

  • Rec Center PoolRec Center Pool

  • Indoor Tennis CenterIndoor Tennis Center

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Make your next meeting historic!

Discover how the College of William & Mary with its incredible conference space and banquet halls is among the best Williamsburg event venues for your next program. Located in the heart of Williamsburg, we provide the perfect environment to make your next event the ultimate destination. Whether you're looking for Williamsburg party venues or Williamsburg wedding venues where you can stay on or off campus, you will be surrounded by history, excellent restaurants, unique shops and fun attractions for everyone to enjoy. Located on a gorgeous campus immediately adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg, the College is the second oldest institution of higher learning in the nation, and will make your event memorable.

Our office provides a customer-centered, one-stop-shop approach to conference planning and coordination. Our friendly and helpful staff can coordinate housing, meeting space, meals, catering, audio-visual, transportation, and so much more! Our professional assistance in planning your William and Mary event will ensure an extraordinary experience for all of your guests, and will make it a stress-free process for you.

The College has event spaces to accommodate groups of all sizes and budgets. From board rooms to ballrooms, amphitheaters to stadiums, we have a venue to fit every event. If you're looking for a Williamsburg event venue to hold a conference, special event, retreat, or workshop, then the William and Mary campus is the one for you.

If you're looking for Williamsburg wedding venues or meeting space that is environmentally friendly, we have received the Virginia Green Certification for Conventions and Conference Centers. In order to qualify for this exclusive designation, facilities must verify that they provide their guests with the following: recycling, minimize the use of disposable food service products, water efficiency, energy conservation, and offer a "green" or "environmentally-friendly" package for events such as our carbon offset program.

Whether you're looking for wedding venues in Williamsburg, VA, meeting space, or a retreat venue near you, you can find it here at the College of William & Mary. Learn more about this Williamsburg event venue below. 
Why William & Mary?:

Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
Richmond/Norfolk - 50
Virginia Beach - 65
Washington, DC - 150
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
Newport News-Williamsburg Int'l / 30
Primary availability for meeting and housing May 29th through July 31st annually. Limited availability for meeting space year round to include spring and fall break time frames. Full registration management services and off-campus hotel availability year-round. Closed annually from Dec 22-Jan 3.
Room Type(s):
Traditional Residence Halls, Suite/Apartment Style Residence Halls, Hotel Style Residence Halls, Nearby Hotel(s) Off-Campus
Bath Type(s):
Hall, Suite, Private
Largest Group:
Number of Meeting & Event Rooms:
Largest Classroom Style:
Largest Theatre Style:
Number of Overnight Guests:
A/V equipment; technical assistance; video conferencing; computer labs; internet connectivity in meeting & guest rooms (wireless/Ethernet); on-line registration services.
Onsite Wireless Internet:
Onsite A/V Staff:
Food & Beverage:
Select menus through our on-site caterer who holds an ABC license, or choose to dine "all you care to eat" style in our campus dining hall.
Must Use In-house Catering:
Cultural Catering Available:
Alcohol Permitted:
Complete Meeting Package:
Ropes Course / Team Building:
Special Rates and Packages:
Full registration services packages available; customized packages available upon request.
Rental Policies:
Conferences and camps must have an educational purpose to convene on campus.
Ideally Suited For:
Adult Social Event
Corporate Social Events
Family Reunion
Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreat
Wedding Ceremony/Reception
Youth Retreat/Camp

ACCED-I 1 Stop Certified

Event Spaces

Meeting RoomDescriptionsSquare Footage
Academic Classrooms We have classrooms that can fit anywhere from 20-60 people, and auditoriams that can fit up to 450 people.


IN: Sadler Center

Features: Hardwood floors and celings, verandas at each end, three projection screens, three built-in LCD projectors, built-in speaker system, dimmable lights in ceiling. Chesapeake may be divided into three seperate rooms by moveable walls

  Theater Style Banquet Classroom Conference
Chesapeake 700 390 324 --
Chesapeake A 350 224 180 82
Chesapeake B 90 50 48 40
Chesapeake C 160 96 90 52
Chesapeake A/B 500 288 234 --
Chesapeake B/C 300 160 126 70
Capacities shown are maximun capacities and will be reduced by any A/V or furniture additions to the room

Colony Room IN: Sadler Center

Features: Designed for conferences and meetings, Colony has a built-in dry erase board, flip chart, projection schren, and LCD projector. Colony also has video-conferencing capabilities.

Capacity: 22 Conference-style

24' x 24'
Commonwealth Auditorium IN: Sadler Center

Features: Contains stage measuring 39'x23'. Extensive A/V capabilities, including built-in projection screen, LCD projector, DVD/VHS player, CD player, tape player, sound system, and stage lighting. Food and drink are not permitted in the Auditorium.

Capacity: 463 Theater-style

James IN: Sadler Center

Features: Separate from York by a swinging door. Set conference-style for 28, with additional chairs around perimeter. Contains built-in dry-erase board, flip chart, projection screen and LCD projector.

Capacity: 28 conference styel

Lodge 1 IN: Sadler Center

Features: Carpeted stage measuring approximately 20'x14', wooden dance floor, cafe tables, and booths and bar area. A/V capabilities include built-in LCD projector and screen, dimmable lights, colored stage lighting, and house sound system.

Lodge 1 is a major programming space for Alma Mater Productions (AMP). All reservations for other groups must be approved by the Assistant Director for Student Leadership Development.

IN: Sadler Center Theater Style Banquet Class Conference
Tidewater 420 250 198 --
Tidewater A 210 140 108 58
Tidewater B 150 88 90 52
Features: Large multi-purpose space that can be divided into two seperate rooms by a moveable wall. Contains two-built in projection screens and LCD projectors, sound system, and dimmable lights. 

Capacities shown are maximum capacities and will be reduced by any A/V or furniture additions to the room.

York IN: Sadler Center

Features: Sperarated from James by a swinging door. Set conference-style for 28, with additional chairs around perimeter. Contains built-in dry erase board, flip chart, projection screen, and LCD projector.

Capacity: 28 conference-style

Trinkle Hall IN: Campus Center

Features: This large multi-purpose space is a self-contained space with its own bathrooms. It has a combination of dimmable and non-dimable lighting with a quarry tile floor. Contains built-in projection screen and sound system.

Capacity: Theater style for 675, and Banquet style for 400

Capacities shown are maximum capacities and will be reduced by any A/V or furniture additions to the room.

Little Theatre IN: Campus Center

Features: Multi-purpose space with recessed stage measuring 18'x15'. There is a tile floor and dimmable indandescent lighting. contains upright piano, built-in LCD projector, projector screen, VCR/DVD player, sound system, and iPod dock.

Capacity: Theater style for 125, Banquet style for 80, Class style for 57, and Conference style for 40.

Capacities shown are maximum capacities and will be reduced by any A/V or furniture additions to the room.


Facility# of Rooms# of BedsRoom TypeBath TypeA/C
On-Campus Lodging Residence Halls Private yes


  • W&M Vendors
    Custom build menus at your desire. We can take care of setting up catering orders and accomodate to your diets/themes.

    Some ampus locations do require a preferred vendor. You can contact us for info on particular venues for those locations (757-221-4084, Corner House)
    >>> menu (PDF)


  • Center Court - Sadler Center
    All meals are provided as an "all you can eat" buffet setting. Here at Center court we have a wide variety of food stations to choose from.
    1. The Chop House - offering made-to-order salads
    2. Maize - featuring vegan and vegetarian options
    3. Natural - serving a menu tailored to guests with special dietary needs like celiac, gluten and dairy intolerances
    4. Taliaferro's - offering handmade pasta and pizza
    5. Tidewater Grill - featuring handmade burgers and hot sandwiches as well as seafood options
    6. Reves Global - presenting authentic recipes from around the world from Asian-inspired dishes to West Coast cuisine and Latin dishes
    7. Simple Servings - serving minimally processed food prepared without gluten or seven of the eight most common food allergens: milk, eggs, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish, and wheat.
    *We can also accomidate to special diets requested by groups.


Campus Recreation Center Located on Compton and Brooks Streets, the Student Recreation center was originally built in the summer of 1989 and was renovated and expanded in 2006. Within the ardio areas, you can see the old building that was formerly the front of the building prior to expansion.

Facility Areas:
  • Alan B. Miller Gymnasiums (3 courts)
  •  A 25 yard 8-lane pool
  • Suana
  • Multiactivity court (MAC)
  • Cardio areas with machines
  • Locker rooms
  • Weight Machines
  • Weight room
  • Climbing wall
  • Squash courts
  • Racquetball courts (3)
  • Various outdoor tennis courts and turf fields
We can help with reserving equipment to accomidate your groups needs, as well as reserving different facilities.

On Campus Restaurants & Cafes
  1. The Daily Grind - Located next to the Sadler Center, this unique little cafe has to offer freshly brewed coffees, smoothies, breakfast items, sandwiches, and snacks to munch on.
  2. Boehly Cafe and Grill - Located in the Business school, the grill offers great-tasting, freshly prepares sandwiches, homestile specials, delicious soups, a salad bar, made-to-order omelet station, and plenty of grab-and-go items. The Grill ensures high quality products and exceptional services.
  3. Pita Pita - Fresh thinking, healthy eating! Pita Pit is an exciting alternative to fast foodm with many vegetarian as well as meat options. They have many traditional favorites, such as Gyros and Falafel, in addition to America favorites, like Clubs and Chicken Ceasar.
  4. The Crust - This is no ordinary "pizza joint". The Crust is a modern pizza cafe, with daily-made, hand-tossed dough for its delicious pizza and sandwiches. Voted Best New Restaurant by Hampton Roads Magazine, The Crust offers William & Mary students a welcoming and relaxing environment, perfect for a causal evening out. Living by the slogan "Happy Hour All Day... Everday!", The Crust is a local favorite, and a great way for college students to unwind after a hectic day of classes.

Campus Tours Get a tour of the beautiful campus of William and Mary during your event's stay. We would be more than happy to get a tour set up for your group!

Ropes Course

Transportation We can arrange transportation needs for groups to see attractions around the area. There is also the Williamsburg Buss and Trolley that go all the way to New Town.

Swem Library Located on campus, this is a perfect place for groups to have study sessions

Student Xchange Campus convenience store featuring 100% ethically sources Aspretto coffee, baked goods, and seasonal and local products when possible

Registration Management Services Can create an online registration system/accounts payable/receivable. We can take care all of the handling.

For more info, please call the Corner house (757-221-4084)


WIFI Provided at no additional fee. Login info can be received at the Corner House.

Classrooms Have current technology. For specific equipment/AV info for a particular classroom, please call the Corner House (757-221-4084) for more info.

Multipurpose Spaces For rooms like the Sadler Center/Miller Hall, we can arrange for AV services upon request.

Ampitheater/Lake Matoaka Comes with sound system power. AV MUST be brought in from your group.

Ampitheater/Lake Matoaka Comes with sound system power. AV MUST be brought in from your group.

Area Attractions

Historic Landmarks Nearby must-see attractions:
  • Jamestown Settlement
  • Muscarelle Museum (on campus)
  • Wren building (on campus)
  • Matoaka Hiking

Busch Gardens Williamsburg We are a theme park in every sense of the term … a place where fun comes naturally. Our theme is classic European, like the Parisian streets of France, the hamlets of Scotland and the Oktoberfest celebrations of Germany. In all, we have nine villages centered around six countries for you to explore. We’ve filled our park with one of the best collections of world-class roller coasters, and balanced that with live entertainment for the entire family including kid-friendly rides for youngsters and breathtaking architecture and landscaping for everyone to enjoy. In fact, we have been voted the world’s most beautiful theme park since 1990. In addition to the fun, we are a place for learning about nature. We care deeply about conservation and the animals in our care. You can see and learn about Bald Eagles, Clydesdale horses, and gray wolves, and we hope that when you visit your appreciation for nature will grow like ours has. We are a park for kids, packed with classic kidsiderate rides, Sesame Street® characters and places for kids to explore. Where else can they sing with Elmo, hold a lorikeet and ride between mom and dad on a thrilling attraction? We are nestled near the banks of the James River in Williamsburg, Va., which also is a perfect place for a family vacation. We are surrounded by the Historic Triangle of Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown, and we’re only an hour away from Virginia Beach. This destination has something for everyone. You can visit Busch Gardens by purchasing an annual membership, vacation package, multi-day ticket or single-day ticket. We open each morning at 10 a.m., but have varying close times throughout the year. Check out our operating calendar. We have five roller coasters, and a bunch of other thrill rides. We are the world’s most beautiful theme park. Seriously … it’s true. We have special events throughout the year, and each one gives the park a completely different look and feel. The Food and Wine Festival takes place in the summer, Howl-O-Scream® each fall and Christmas Town™ rounds out our winter season. And when you’re ready for a cooling off period, our sister-park, Water Country USA®, is just three miles away. Roots run deep when it comes to giving back and paying it forward. Conservation and community support are part of our core principles and will always remain important to who we are as a company.

Colonial Williamsburg The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation operates the world’s largest living history museum in Williamsburg, Virginia—the restored 18th-century capital of Britain’s largest, wealthiest, and most popular outpost in the New World. Here we interpret the origins of the idea of America, conceived decades before the American Revolution. The Colonial Williamsburg story of a revolutionary city tells how diverse people, having different and sometimes conflicting ambitions, evolved into a society that valued liberty and equality. Americans cherish these values as a birthright, even when their promise remains unfulfilled. In Colonial Williamsburg’s 301-acre historic Area stand hundreds of restored, reconstructed, and historically furnished buildings. Costumed interpreters tell the stories of the men and women of the 18th-century city—black, white, and native American, slave, indentured, and free—and the challenges they faced. In this historic place, we help the future learn from the past.

Water Country USA Enjoy thrilling water slides and rides, kid-friendly pools and plenty of places to work on your tan at Water Country USA®. Visit our website to learn about the park and our commitment to our community, conservation and more.

Restaurants Near By
  1. Aromas - A local favorite in Williamsburg since 2000. Aromas offer specialty coffee, fine teas, baked goods, soups, salads, and sandwiches. All of their coffees are roasted in-house and come from a variety of locations around the world. Be sure to check out their assortment of specialty teas including black, flavored black, green, white, roobios, and more!
  2. Retro's Good Eats - Delicious and affordable food. Signature items include fries, realy dairy custard, frozen on site daily. Said to have the best hot dogs in town, one can load up with a choice of fourteen toppings wich in addition to the old standards, include blue cheese cole slaw and sweet potatoe mustard! With cheeseburgers, BBQ, grilled chicken and fresh salads, there is something there for everyone to enjoy!
  3. Wawa - Perfect for a quick stop to grab some food on the go!
  4. Cheese Shop - offers 200+ imported and domestic cheeses, charcuterie, freshly baked breads, specialty foods and over 4,000 bottles of wine in the wine cellet. Enjoy a renowned "Cheese Shop" sandwich, cheese plate, and glass of wine on our patio.
  5. Blue Talon - Offers a rare combination of casual comfort food and quality that makes boith newcomers and regulars feel completely at ease. We have traditional favorites, original creations that demonstrate both renowned culinary talent and insight into modern dining.
  6. Fat Canary - Cpme drink good wine with good food in good company of life's most civilized pleasures.
  7. Baskin Robbins - Classic ice cream
  8. Kilwens - Old fashioned confectionary chocolates, ice cream, handmade sweets & gift baskets!
  9. Lokal - Organic smoothies, gelatos, paninis, Kimchee, and more! Also home to a yoga studio below the cafe.
  10. Peanut Shop - Have been carefully hand roasting the finest peanuts in Virginia for more than 40 years.
  11. Whythe - Fresh dipped caramel apples and chocolates, fabulous handmade fudge, and the region's largest selection of candy! Our gourmet selection has daily samples, specials, and more.

Microbrewery, distillary, meatery, and winery Williamsburg is home to many beer companies and wine distillaries.

Outdoor Activities Home to Waller miller park, Mid-country parkm VA capital trail, and blue trails.

Outdoor canoeing available as well.

Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center Take a journey of historic proportions at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center – two living-history museums that explore the story of America’s beginnings, from the founding of America’s first permanent English colony in 1607 to the Revolution and the establishment of a new nation almost two centuries later. Discover artifact-filled exhibition galleries and take part in activities in outdoor living-history areas to learn about life in the 17th and 18th centuries. Discover a variety of ticket options to visit Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center. Open year-round 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 15-August 15) except Christmas and New Year’s days.


  • "I really cannot thank you enough. My years at William and Mary were really some of my best and also some of my emotional hardest. Being back and realizing how strong our bonds of friendship were really made us greatful. It is easy to forget and not make time for friends but it is key to emotional balance, particularily as all of us are on the verge of empty-nest syndrome. Please extend my thanks to Erin and Sarah."

    - Denise Albero, W&M '88
    Kappa Kappa Gamma

  • Thank you very much for the flawless organization, attention to detail, and quick action to diffuse protential problems.  Everything went really well.  And especially to Sarah-Daye, many many thanks for being on-call and for helping us with the emergencies.
    Evgenia, S. P. Chockley Professor, Computer Science, W&M

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