Drayton Hall will be closed on April 27 and 28 in preparation to open the Sally Reahard Visitor Center on April 29.

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.

Admission

Adult - $22
Youth (12-16) - $10
Children (6-11) - $6
Children under 5 – Free

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Groups and Education

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Admission

Hours & Tour Times:

Monday through Saturday:
Main Entrance: Opens at 9:00 am and closes at 3:30 pm
Guided House Tours offered at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm
Connections: From Africa to America presented twice daily at 11:15 am and 2:15 pm (30-minute program)


Sunday:
Main Entrance: Opens at 10:30 am and closes at 3:30 pm
Guided House Tours offered at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm
Connections: From Africa to America presented twice daily at 11:15 am and 2:15 pm (30-minute program)

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Founded in 1738, Drayton Hall is the nation’s earliest example of fully executed Palladian architecture and the oldest preserved plantation house in America still open to the public.

Because of our preservation philosophy, all imperfections and changes over time have survived to the present. Does your home have secret chambers? A family growth chart that dates back more than 100 years? Ours does. House Tours are offered hourly and last about 45 minutes.

Connections is an interactive program about the history of Drayton Hall and those who lived and labored here.

The program focuses on the connections, contributions and experiences of enslaved Africans and freed African Americans in Drayton Hall’s rich history. Join us for a unique glimpse into the past, and discover how African and European traditions blended to create the rich Lowcountry culture that exists today. Presented twice daily and lasts 30 minutes.

Drayton Hall’s African American Cemetery is one of the oldest documented African American cemeteries in the nation still in use.

The earliest surviving record describes its use as a “burying ground” and dates from about 1790, indicating this sacred ground may be even older. In keeping with the wishes of Richmond Bowens, a descendant of the enslaved at Drayton Hall, the cemetery has been “left natural,” not manicured or planted with grass or decorative shrubs.

Take a leisurely walk around the estate’s grounds to explore the gardens and natural features of Drayton Hall.

See layers of history carefully preserved on the 125 acres that surround the main house: the central axis and clear view to the Ashley River, planned by John Drayton over 265 years ago; the striking, defined allée of azaleas conceived by his 20th-century descendants; Richmond Bowens’ camellia; the reflecting pond; the site of the former garden house or the 18th-century live oaks which continue to provide the structure to the Drayton estate.

From high-end art reproductions to pieces inspired by the Drayton Family’s extensive porcelain collection to local food favorites, The Shop at Drayton Hall has something special for each and every one of our visitors.

Whether you want to continue learning about Drayton Hall or are eager to share its magic with friends and family, you’re sure to find something wonderful. Our shop is open during visiting hours, and select items are available through our online shop.

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Group Tours

Discover professional, tailored tours for your group at Drayton Hall

We offer a full range of options for groups of varying sizes, ages and interests – including professionally guided house tours, an interactive program on African American history, standards-based K-12 educational programming and packages with some of Charleston’s premier historic sites.

Adult Group & Private Tours

Drayton Hall offers a full range of options for groups of varying sizes and interests. Whether your group is interested in architecture, decorative arts, the Revolutionary War or African American history, we will work with you to craft an unforgettable experience.

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Plan a K-12 Field Trip

Drayton Hall offers a host of curriculum-based educational programming for grades K-12, conducted by a professional education staff who helps to bring Drayton Hall’s extensive history to life for students of all ages.

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Getting Here

Drayton Hall is a short, 13-mile drive from downtown Charleston. We're open 7 days a week, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.

3380 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414

Parking is always free at Drayton Hall.

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