FAQs

How long does it take to get to Drayton Hall from downtown Charleston?

Drayton Hall is a short, 13-mile drive from downtown Charleston. Traffic can cause travel times to vary, so be sure to leave yourself extra time to get situated once you arrive—for ticket transaction, parking, restrooms, and to check-in at the welcome center.

What’s included with admission?

General admission is all inclusive and includes the professionally guided tour of the main house, the African-American history program Connections: From Africa to America, self-guided landscape and nature walks, entrance to the 18th-century African-American cemetery, access to our Museum Shop, and admittance to our exhibit center—formerly an African American dwelling on site.

How much time should we allot for our visit?

House tours last about 50 minutes. Our African-American history program, Connections: From Africa to America, lasts 30 minutes. The self-guided landscape and nature walks take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, but you are welcome to spend as little or as long as your time allows.

How big are the tours?

Tour sizes vary, but we never take more than 25 people on a house tour so that there is enough space to observe the extraordinary architectural elements and to absorb the many colorful stories and historic details provided by your professional guide.

Is there a place to buy food and drinks?

We sell snacks, boxed lunches, and beverages in our Museum Shop. During warmer months we’ll have complimentary water available for you at coolers located where your tour begins and ends and throughout the grounds.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing so that you can enjoy both the house tour and grounds; shirts and shoes must be worn at all times—we recommend wearing flat-soled shoes. Remember, Drayton Hall is unrestored, so there is no heating or air-conditioning to regulate the indoor temperature in the main house.

Is Drayton Hall handicap accessible?

Accessibility is important to everyone at Drayton Hall, and we look forward to making your trip as easy and comfortable as possible. The grounds, restrooms, Museum Shop, raised English basement of the Main House, and the “Connections: From Africa to America” program are all accessible to individuals with physical disabilities. In addition, a video tour is available for those who are unable or prefer not to join the tour; written tours are available for the hearing impaired.

May I take pictures?

You’re welcome to take photographs and videos of the house—both inside and outside—and of the grounds and nature walks. Please note that tripods are not allowed in the house at any time without prior written permission. Contact 843-769-2600.

May I bring food or drinks on the house tours?

Because of Drayton Hall’s special unrestored state, we ask you to take special care. Please do not bring food or beverages inside the main house at any time

Is Drayton Hall family-friendly?

We welcome children of all ages to Drayton Hall—in fact, 5,000 students take part in our education programs each year. Please help us protect this American treasure for future generations by leaving your strollers outside of the main house and by keeping young visitors by your side during tours.

Can I bring my pet to Drayton Hall?

Well-behaved pets on leashes are welcome—in fact, pets especially like our self-guided nature walks. We do ask, however, that pets not be part of our house tours and, for the safety and comfort of other visitors, that pets be kept under control at all times and that you pick up after your pet.