Tickets & Tours

Discover Ashland

Self-guided Outdoor Tours:

 Ashland currently doesn’t offer self-guided tours of the mansion, but a self-guided tour of the grounds is a great way to explore the estate.   We encourage visitors to spend time discovering our peaceful grounds, outbuildings, gardens, and historic walking trails. Learn how ice houses work.  See how many different tree species you can identify.  Be amazed at the 300-year old oak trees!

Pick up the Pocket Guide to Ashland for sale in the Museum Store: it includes a map, history, helpful QR codes, and detailed information. 

The Pocket Guide to Ashland was made possible with a grant from the Bluegrass Charity Ball.

February - Open for Group Tours
Call (859) 266-8581 ext 207
Regular tour times resume in March

Due to limited space on each tour, we recommend that you purchase your tickets on line in advance of your visit.

Remember to check in at the Cottage or purchase your tickets there.  Please arrive 10 minutes early for your tour.  We only allow late-arrivers on to the tour in the first 5 minutes.  Thank you!

The Henry Clay Signature Tour

The essential guided tour.

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00, 11:30, 2:30, 4:00


Traces: Slavery at Ashland Tour


Tuesdays-Saturdays 1:00

How do the Signature and Traces tours differ?

Which tour should I take?

On the Signature Tour, you will see the whole mansion, learn of Clay’s life, career, and family.

On the Traces Tour, you will be outside then in a few rooms of the mansion but with a focus on slavery.

Many people find that the two tours complement one another.  There is a small amount of shared content. 

Women’s Voices Tour

To schedule a private group tour (8 to 15 people) contact

Ian Paine at

859-266-8581 ext 207

Welcome, Groups!

(for Field Trips, click here)

Ashland will accommodate any size group and make it a memorable experience for all. Large groups will be subdivided into smaller groups to maintain appropriate capacity levels. 

Contact us today for more information and to arrange.

Ian Paine:   859-266-8581 ext 207

$20/person. Please book at least two weeks in advance.

Upon arrival, check in at the Cottage in the museum store (first building on your right as you enter the parking lot).

Public restrooms and water fountain near parking lot.

Our parking lot can accommodate buses.

Virtual Tours
Live virtual tours are offered via Zoom. Choose any tour we offer and have your own live, guided tour from the comfort of your couch. $45 for up to 10 connections; $75 for more than 10 connections.

To book a virtual or group/bus tour, contact Ian Paine at   859-266-8581 ext 207

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