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Plan a Field Trip

There is plenty to see and do at Ashland and the staff works to customize programs for school groups.  The 17-acre property  includes a historic mansion, carriage house, smokehouse, ice houses, a dairy cellar, and more.  The wooded grounds contain walking paths, a formal garden, and  playing fields.  A 20′ x 30′ tent is available from April-October.  There is ample parking for school buses at Ashland.

Groups of 10 or more must book their tours in advance. Large groups (60 or more people) may require special formatting and therefore should book at least three weeks in advance.

Tours

Mansion Tour
This artifact driven tour takes students through the downstairs and upstairs of the Clay house.  Though guides focus on Henry Clay and compromise, other themes can be added to coordinate more closely with specific lessons.  The length of the tour varies by the ages of students, requests from teachers, and the number of students touring.  Group tours typically start at a quarter or half past the hour.

The Trees of Ashland
This tour includes the formal garden and the grounds with an emphasis on identifying and learning about trees and leaves. There are 40 different varieties of trees at Ashland. This tour can be taken on its own in approximately one hour or combined with the house tour for a two hour time. This tour should be scheduled at least three weeks in advance.

Holidays at Ashland
In late November through December, holiday tours are offered. Each year the house is decorated around a different theme.

 

Admission Fees

Student rates are offered to groups of 10 or more students. There is no charge for the teacher or teacher assistant. A discounted admission fee for additional parent/adult chaperones is $6.00 per person. Home Schools- There is no admission charge for one adult/teacher per every 10 students. A discounted admission fee for additional parent/adult chaperones is $6.00 per person.

  • Basic Student Group Tour- $4.00 per student (Deposit may be required).
  • The Trees of Ashland- $4.00 per student. (House tour can be added for $3.00 more).
  • Holiday Tours- $4.00 per student (in groups of 10 or more).

To schedule a field trip, the following information is required:

  • School name
  • Teacher or contact person’s name, e-mail address, and phone number where they can be reached on the day of the field trip.
  • Grade level and expected number of students and adults (both teachers and parent chaperones).

Call  859-266-8581, ext. 205 or e-mail cwalpole@henryclay.org  to schedule your field trip to Ashland!

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 and browse the unique merchandise in our Museum Store, featuring H.Clay & Co. gifts.  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.-Nov.)

The last tour of the day begins at 4 pm.

January: closed
February: open for groups of ten or more by appointment only
Closed on Sundays from Dec-Mar. We are always closed on Mondays and all major holidays.

Click here for Henry’s House Rules

Admission:

$12 Adults

$10 AAA Members

$6 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 x 205 or emailing cwalpole@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 x 205 or email cwalpole@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 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.

Parking

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.

 

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