Drayton Hall Welcomes You

Founded in 1738, Drayton Hall is the oldest preserved plantation house in America that’s still open to the public and a masterpiece of Georgian-Palladian architecture. Through two wars, devastating earthquakes and hurricanes, and the impact of seven generations of family life, the main house has survived the centuries in near original condition and its grounds have been hailed as “the most significant, undisturbed historic landscape in America.” As you enter the site, you’ll see a Memorial Arch marking one of the oldest documented African American cemeteries in the nation, a sacred place for descendants of the enslaved. Whether it’s your first visit or one of many, Drayton Hall’s ongoing research into the people, places, and events of its past promises there will always be something new to discover.

Drayton Hall at a Glance

Daily Hours

Open 7 days a week except holidays.
Entrance gate closes at 3:30PM.


First tour: 9:30AM


First tour: 11:30AM


3380 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414






  • Adults$22
  • Youth (12–16)$10
  • Child (6–11)$6
  • Children 5 and underFREE
  • Grounds only$12

$1 discount for AAA members;
$2 discount for military

Tour Times

45-minute house tours (on the half hour) last tour at 3:30PM daily.


First tour, 9:30AM


First tour, 11:30AM

From Africa to America

30-minute program,
presented twice daily


11:00AM & 2:00PM


12:00PM & 2:00PM

Plus Much More

  • Landscape &
    nature trails
  • 18th-century
  • Museum shop


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. If you have any questions about site accessibility or if you anticipate needing special assistance, we encourage you to contact us at 843-769-2600 or info@draytonhall.org.

Location & Driving Directions

Drayton Hall is located 9 miles northwest of downtown Charleston on the historic and scenic Ashley River Road. Click here for directions.

Visitor Tips

International Visitors

  • We recently updated our written house tours for non-English speaking visitors. They are available in Spanish, French, and German.

For more information, please call 843-769-2600. In addition, a translator for Italian, Polish, French, Spanish, Czech, German, and Portuguese may be available for groups of 15 or more; advanced reservations are required.

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