Visit Ashland

  1. Visit Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate in Lexington, Kentucky

The highlight of a visit to Ashland is the guided tour of the 18-room mansion.  You will enter the front door and begin a  journey through the Clay family mansion and time travel from the 18th century to the present.  Guided tours of the mansion take approximately one hour.

To take advantage of the full, “Ashland Experience” you’ll want to allow additional time to see the permanent Henry Clay exhibit room, an informational video about Henry Clay and to enjoy the Museum Store.  Outdoor options are plentiful – with a self-guided tour of the outbuildings, formal garden and walking trails, and Civil War monument.  The grounds are free to visit year-round.

Tours of the Mansion

Tours of the mansion are guided by knowledgeable docents and begin on the hour and last approximately one hour. Tickets may be purchased in the Museum Store in the mansion. Please arrive 5-10 minutes before your tour begins to allow adequate time to purchase tickets. This ensures that the tour starts on time and that guests don’t miss the beginning of the tour.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Tuesday – Saturday (Mar.-Dec.)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Sunday (Apr.-Dec. 6th)

The last tour of the day begins at 4 pm.

January: closed
February: open for groups of ten or more by appointment only
Fall Hours: Open on Sundays as usual until Dec. 6th. Closed on Sundays from Dec. 13th-March. We are always closed on Mondays and all major holidays.

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$10 Adults

$9 AAA Members

$5 Students

Children 5 and under free

Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more and school groups.

Handicap Accessibility

In order to better serve our handicapped guests, Ashland is equipped with a handicap ramp located on the back side of the house. The first floor of the mansion is handicap accessible through the ramp, but please be advised that there are 26 stairs to the second floor. For those guests not wishing to go upstairs, we provide a book with pictures and descriptions of the upstairs exhibits. To use the handicap ramp, please inform a staff member and we will be delighted to assist you into the house. Thank you!

Group Tours

Group tours for 10 or more guests must be scheduled in advance by calling 859-266-8581 x205 or emailing .  Admission for groups of 10 or more is $9.  Groups will be scheduled at a quarter past or half past the hour, depending on the number of guests in the group and the needs of the group.  Groups may be divided to allow enough room for all to enjoy the tour.  Each part of the group will start at the same time in different locations.

For large groups (more than 60) special arrangements in tour format may be considered to accommodate the group.  Please call 859-266-8581 x205 or email a minimum of 15 days in advance for scheduling large groups.

Different tour options for groups scheduling in advance include: mansion tours, garden tours and tree tours.  Lunch may be added to the tour by calling Ashland at 859-266-8581.  For groups wanting garden and mansion tours, our discounted combination rate is $11.

Ashland has a parking area for buses and welcomes bus tours.


Ashland’s parking lot is located on Fincastle Road. There is a regular paved parking lot as well as overflow grass-crete spaces on either side of the driveway. Handicapped parking is available. Please contact Ashland at 859-266-8581 if you need directions.

The Ginkgo Tree Cafe

Lunch at the Ginkgo Tree Cafe — in the shade of Ashland’s historic trees is the perfect complement to your Ashland visit.  This popular outdoor cafe, named for the Ginkgo trees at Ashland, is located on the brick patio around the old smokehouse.

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 2 PM , weather permitting (please call Ashland if weather is questionable: 859-266-8581). This year, the cafe will be featuring food from La Petite Creperie! The cafe is now open! Come on by and experience it for yourself!
Reservations are required for groups of 7 or more. Large groups are always welcome for lunch, but please call ahead and speak with Kate Heil, Director of Tour Operations, at 859-266-8581 x205 for information.






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