Classic Mansion Tour
Explore Lyndhurst, a majestic estate on the banks of the magnificent Hudson River where every visitor can experience firsthand an American icon of architecture and landscape. Whether you are a first-time visitor or returning guest there is always something new to discover. Located in the lower Hudson Valley, Lyndhurst’s proximity to New York City makes it an easily accessible day trip by train or car.
Lyndhurst can be experienced through multiple guided-tour options or you may choose to stroll through the beautiful grounds on your own. The Classic Mansion Tour explores Lyndhurst’s sumptuously decorated first and second floors and includes entry to special exhibitions. A specialty Backstairs Tour includes unique spaces such as the observation tower, kitchens and laundry building. Multiple Landscape Tour options highlight our recently restored lower landscape, fountains, specialty gardens and include entry to the c.1894 Bowling Alley and Swimming Pool Building. A Daily Grounds Pass allows you to explore the estate on your own.
Lyndhurst’s 67-acres of grounds are open 9 am to 5 pm although the property may be closed from time-to-time for private events. There is a $10 per person fee for those visiting the grounds by vehicle (see Directions & Parking). Explore the property at your own risk. No open flames or barbecues. Dogs are welcome on leash. Please do not climb any trees or structures on the property. Please – no skateboarding, roller blading or bicycling on historic (cement) paths or lawns as site conditions do not lend themselves to these activities. Carry out what you carry in. The site is closed during inclement weather.
The Museum Shop offers an array of items unique to Lyndhurst including seasonal items and local merchandise. The Museum Shop is located at the Welcome Center and is open during regular hours. Light snacks and refreshments are available for purchase in the shop.
Personal, casual, non-flash photography is permitted inside the mansion during tours at the discretion of your guide. Due to capacity limitations, interior photography may not be allowed during October and December. Photography is not permitted inside the mansion during special events or theater performances. Video, filming, selfies, tripods, or other external equipment is not permitted in the mansion at any time. All commercial photography, including wedding and engagement, is prohibited without express written consent and requires the purchase of a permit. The use of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones while on Lyndhurst property is prohibited.
Upon entering the property, you grant to Lyndhurst and its employees, agents and assigns the right to photograph you and your dependent(s) for use in Lyndhurst print, electronic, digital media and publications.
Lyndhurst mansion is accessible by ticketed entry only. The Classic Mansion Tour is perfect for first-time visitors. The Backstairs Tour visits the tower and servant spaces and is perfect for returning visitors. It is possible to combine these two tours during one visit. Specialty Landscape Tours of varying levels of strenuousness are available on weekends. Group and Private Tours are also offered throughout the season. Please click the provided links for tickets and more detailed explanations. Advance ticket purchase is recommended, as tours do sell out. Guests without pre-purchased tickets are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis depending on availability. To purchase tickets by phone, call 1(888)718-4253 and choose option one. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
Lyndhurst offers guided tours of the mansion and grounds year-round for groups of ten or more of all ages, subject to availability. Tours include a Classic Mansion Tour perfect for first-time visitors. This one hour guided tour visits two floors of the mansion and requires the ability to navigate stairs and a short, uphill walk. A comprehensive one-and-a-half hour tour encompassing all six floors of the mansion, from the observation tower to the basement kitchen is an alternative for those capable of climbing five flights of stairs. Garden Clubs and outdoor adventure groups may choose Landscape tours. All tours begin in the Welcome Center where a 20-minute introductory video is shown. Public restrooms and the Lyndhurst gift shop are also located in the Welcome Center. While planning your visit, we recommend scheduling 90 minutes on our property for the Classic Mansion Tour and more for Backstairs or Landscape tours. To schedule your group tour, please complete our group tour registration form below, or contact Amy Boesch at (914)303-6840 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking is available on the Lyndhurst estate in designated parking areas. There is NO additional charge for parking to pre-paid tour or event ticket holders. Ticket holders will be required to show their tickets at the Lyndhurst entry kiosk to avoid making any additional payment upon entry.
For those who do not have prepaid tickets or only wish to explore our 67-acre estate, Lyndhurst charges a $10 per-person grounds fee or a $30 fee for vehicles with three or more visitors. The grounds fee can be credited to guided tour tickets, if and when available, which can be purchased at the Lyndhurst Welcome Center. Parking along roads or on the grass is prohibited. Please note, there is no available off-site parking in the residential neighborhoods near Lyndhurst.
Download a site map here to familiarize yourself with our various parking areas:
Lyndhurst is located at 635 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591, one-half mile south of the Mario Cuomo Bridge on Route 9. Lyndhurst is approximately 24 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. All tours begin at the Welcome Center.
Taxi and other ride services
Please notify your Taxi, Lyft, or Uber driver to drop you off at the Welcome Center within the Lyndhurst property. The Welcome Center is located a half mile from the main entrance. Please note taxi service during busy summer and fall seasons may be limited. If you are relying on a car service for drop-off and pick-up, consider scheduling in advance, as availability may be limited.
From Westbound 287 (from Eastern Westchester/Connecticut):
Take 287 west/87 North to the last exit before the Tappan Zee Bridge, exit 9 off of the NY State Thruway, marked Route 9 Tarrytown. Take a left onto 119 at the first stoplight and a left (south) onto Route 9 at the second stoplight. The Lyndhurst gates are ½ mile on the right hand (river) side of the road.
From Eastbound 287 (from Rockland/New Jersey):
Take 287 east across the Tappan Zee Bridge. Immediately after the toll booth, take the first exit, Exit 9. Turn left (south) onto Route 9 and proceed ½ mile to the Lyndhurst gates on the right hand (river) side of the road.
From New York City’s East Side:
Drive north on the East River Drive, across the Willis Avenue Bridge onto the Major Deegan Expressway North. Follow the Deegan to the NY State Thruway (I-87) to Westbound 287 (Tappan Zee Bridge). Follow westbound 287 directions above.
From New York City’s West Side:
Drive North on the West Side Highway to the Henry Hudson north to the Saw Mill Parkway north to the NY State Thruway (I-87) North to 287 West (Tappan Zee Bridge). Follow westbound 287 directions above.
Take either I-95, I-684, or the Merritt Parkway south to 287 West (to the Tappan Zee Bridge). Follow westbound 287 directions above.
From Long Island:
The Whitestone or Throgs Neck Bridge to the new England Thruway (I-95). Take Exit 21 onto 287 west (to the Tappan Zee Bridge). Follow westbound 287 directions above.
The Triboro Bridge to the Major Deegan north and the NY State Thruway (I-87) to 287 West (to the Tappan Zee Bridge). Follow westbound 287 directions above.
From Grand Central Terminal in New York City:
Take the Metro North – Hudson Line north to Tarrytown.
Taxis are available at the train station. Please notify your Taxi, Lyft, or Uber driver to drop you off at the Welcome Center within the Lyndhurst property. The Welcome Center is a half mile from the main entrance.
Lyndhurst is easily accessible from Grand Central Terminal and is the closest Hudson Valley mansion to New York City. Metro-North offers discounted admission to Lyndhurst when purchased together with a Metro-North train ticket. Tickets can be purchased for arrival at the Tarrytown station or the Irvington Station. At the Tarrytown station, taxi cabs are regularly available in the parking lot directly across the street from the train station. Alternatively, walkers or bikers may purchase tickets to the Irvington station and walk up Main Street, taking a left onto the Old Croton Aqueduct in the High School parking lot and continue for ten minutes until reaching Lyndhurst. For more information and to purchase a joint train fare/admission ticket, please visit the MTA website.
Currently, Lyndhurst is operating with limited opening hours. The property is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm for grounds visitation and landscape tours. Lyndhurst will also be open for extended days on Forth of July weekend, from Thursday, July 2nd through Monday July 6th from 9 am to 5 pm. Mansion tours are not being offered at this time. Please check back for future revisions to our opening hours.
Lyndhurst is open seasonally from the beginning of April through the end of December. The property is open from 9am to 5pm daily. Generally, we are open for tours of the mansion, Thursdays through Mondays, with tours departing on the hour between 10am and 4pm. The mansion may only be visited by guided tour, on special open house days or during special member events. Specialty tours of the tower, servant spaces, the landscape and outbuildings are offered most weekends from May through September. We are closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please see our Take a Tour section for a description of our many tours and the most up-to-date schedules.
Lyndhurst is an excellent place to introduce children to the arts, landscape and American culture. Depending on the age, physical stamina and maturity of your children, certain programs may be more appropriate than others. Please check our website for special events held throughout the season which may appeal to your family.
A visit to Lyndhurst’s 67-acre landscape is appropriate for children of all ages. The Classic Mansion Tour is a one-hour discussion of history, architecture and art and is best for children 12 years of age or older. For families with young children or toddlers wishing to visit the mansion interior we suggest selecting Tour at Your Leisure options, conveniently offered three times throughout the year. For all events, visitors under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Strollers and backpacks are not permitted within the mansion during these weekends but can be left, at owner’s risk, on the mansion veranda. Backstairs and landscape tours are limited to those 12 years of age and older. The length of these tours and the need to climb extensive flights of stairs make them unsuitable for younger children.
Lyndhurst offers concerts and theater performances at special times of the year that may be appropriate for children. Halloween is a major time for family visitation. Our Halloween programs tend to be focused on humor and spooky fun rather than on fright. Please contact us in advance if you have any questions about programs suitable for children.
Lyndhurst offers some accessible options for visitors, particularly in its landscape. An ADA accessible pathway with adjacent parking area can be visited in our lower landscape, offering majestic views of the Hudson River. Our Classic Mansion Tour visits two floors of the mansion. The ground floor of the mansion is fully accessible with an alternative experience to view rooms on the second floor of the mansion. ADA bathrooms are available throughout our property including facilities at our Visitor’s Center, in the Bowling Alley and in the Greenhouse Services building. A closed-caption video introduction to Lyndhurst is available in our Visitor’s Center.
Certain programs are not recommended for all audiences, particularly those that require climbing multiple flights of stairs or traversing uneven terrain. The Backstairs and Landscape Tours are physically demanding and are not recommended for individuals with limited mobility.