Field Trips and Groups

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.


Signature Henry Clay 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.

Traces: Slavery at Ashland
Walk in the footsteps of those enslaved at Ashland as you learn about family units, farming, and labor. Tour reflects appropriate themes for elementary through high school and lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Women of Ashland
Explore the lives of nine women of Ashland and how their lives demonstrate the changing roles of women from the late 18th to the mid-20th centuries. Tour lasts one hour, but can be adapted to fit time constraints.

Art & Grounds Tour
Learn about history, art, and nature on this 45 minute tour of the grounds. Themes and length can be modified to fit curriculum and time constraints.

Admission Fees

Student rates are offered to groups of 10 or more students at $5.00 per student. There is no charge for the teacher or teacher assistant. A discounted admission fee for additional parent/adult chaperones is $7.00 per person.

Home Schools– There is no admission charge for one adult/teacher per every 10 students (ex: For 20 students, two adults/teachers are free). A discounted admission fee for additional parent/adult chaperones is $7.00 per person.

  • Student Group Tour (For one tour)- $5.00 per student (Deposit may be required).
  • To combine more than one tour or to add special programming, an additional fee of $3.00 per student will apply.

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  to schedule your field trip to Ashland!

Group Tours

Admission for groups of 10 or more is $12.  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.

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

Please call 859-266-8581 x 205 or email a minimum of 15 days in advance for scheduling groups.

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