The highlight of a visit to Ashland is the guided Signature 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 to browse 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 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 or by clicking the link above and purchasing on TripAdvisor.
Please arrive 5-10 minutes before your tour begins to allow adequate time to purchase tickets and check-in. 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.
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.
Women’s Voices Tour–New for 2019!
On Fridays and Saturdays at 2:30 pm, Ashland is now offering a new Women’s Voices tour focusing on nine women of Ashland. This tour lasts around 50 minutes and will feature the women of Ashland who span a century of social, cultural, and political evolution. As you visit the rooms they inhabited, you’ll hear their voices–the causes they championed, the challenges they faced, and the heartache they suffered. It also explores the changing role of women from the early 19th century to the mid-20th century. After the tour, you’ll want to spend some time in our exhibit room exploring the Women of Ashland exhibit.
Admission for the Women’s Voices Tour is $15 for adults, $7 for students. This is a separate admission and not included in your purchase of a signature tour ticket.
$12 AAA Members (Signature Tour only)
Children 5 and under free
Women’s Voices–$15 adults/$7 students
Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more and school groups.
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 for 10 or more guests must be scheduled in advance by calling 859-266-8581 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Please call 859-266-8581 or email email@example.com a minimum of 15 days in advance for scheduling large groups.
Different tour options for groups scheduling in advance include: mansion tours, the women’s voices tour, garden tours, and tree tours.
Ashland has a parking area for buses and welcomes bus tours.
The Ginkgo Tree Café
We’re looking to open the cafe beginning in May 2019. We hope to post an official opening day soon.
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.