Visit Ashland

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.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Tuesday – Saturday
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Sunday (except March, November, December)

The last tour of the day begins at 4 pm

January: closed
February: open for groups of fifteen or more by appointment only
Closed Sundays March, November and December; Mondays and major holidays

Click here for Henry’s House Rules.

Admission:

$10 Adults

$5 students, children 5 and under free

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

Group Tours

Group tours for 10 or more guests must be scheduled in advance by calling 859-266-8581 x205 or emailing kheil@henryclay.org .  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 kheil@henryclay.org 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 the Gingko Tree Cafe at (859) 396-4357.  For groups wanting garden and mansion tours, our discounted combination rate is $11.

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

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 from May through September, weather permitting (please call Ashland if weather is questionable: 859-266-8581).

Reservations are required for groups of 7 or more. Large groups are always welcome for lunch, but please call ahead and check with the cafe manager:  859-396-4357 or email: selmacooks@aol.com

The menu includes sandwiches, salads, hot and cold soups,  homemade desserts, snacks, and beverages. Vegetarian selections are available.

For more information on planning your visit to Lexington and the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, please visit www.visitlex.com.

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