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Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to get to Drayton Hall from downtown Charleston?
Traffic can cause travel times to vary, but it usually takes between 25-30 minutes to get to Drayton Hall. Be sure to leave yourself some extra time to get situated once you arrive – to park, use the restrooms, grab a snack, or visit the Museum Shop.
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 called Connections: From Africa to America, the two self-guided nature walks, the Voices of Drayton Hall, a historic tour of the landscape on DVD with archival images, maps, and documents (includes free rental of DVD and player), entrance to the 18th-century African-American cemetery, and the artisan-inspired Museum Shop.
How much time should we allot for our visit?
House tours last 50 to 60 minutes. Our African-American history program, Connections: From Africa to America, lasts approximately 45 minutes. Each of the self-guided nature walks takes about 30 minutes, and our Voices of Drayton Hall historic tour on DVD is also self-directed so you can spend as little or as long as your time allows. Whether for an hour or a day, we look forward to making your visit a memorable one.
How big are the tours?
Tour sizes vary, but we never take more than 30 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. There are no space limits for the self-guided nature walks, the African-American cemetery, or for our Connections: From Africa to America program. Our "Voices" Tour on DVD and user-friendly DVD player comfortably accommodates two adults or a family of four.
Is there a place to buy food and drinks?
We sell bottled water and snacks at our Museum Shop and there is a soda machine nearby the parking area. 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. However, Charleston has a pleasant climate, our winters aren't too cold during the day (though you’ll want to bring a jacket), and there is often a cooling breeze during the summer months.
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.
What should I bring when I come to Drayton Hall?
Make sure to bring a camera. We welcome pictures of the house-both inside and outside-and if you'd like, you can use your video camera too.

During summer months, it's a good idea to have some water with you so that you don't get dehydrated. During cooler months, make sure to have a jacket.
May I take pictures?
We hope that Drayton Hall will inspire you the way that it inspires us every day. 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?
Think of the main house not as a structure of brick and limestone but as a rare artifact – one of just a handful of pre-Revolutionary houses that remain in near original condition. 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. Also, you can help prevent original finishes and delicate layers of time from being brushed away or damaged by not leaning against or touching the interior walls, woodwork, or windows. Your grandchildren's grandchildren will thank you.
Is Drayton Hall family-friendly?
We welcome children of all ages to Drayton Hall – in fact, over 12,000 students take part in our education programs each year. Our guides will do their best to make sure that the children in your party feel included – often, it's our youngest visitors who ask some of the most intriguing questions. 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, we actually have a few four-legged members enrolled as Friends of Drayton Hall. Pets especially like our two self-guided nature walks and our self-directed tour on DVD. Others have been known to enjoy a nice nap under the outdoor “Connections” tent while their family attends the program. 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.
As Friend of Drayton Hall what programs can I participate in during my visit?
The Friends of Drayton Hall and up to four guests receive free admission and participation in Drayton Hall’s acclaimed public tours, programs, and activities: the professionally guided tour of the 1738 house, Connections: From Africa to America, the Voices of Drayton Hall DVD tour of the historic landscape, the 18th-century African-American cemetery, and more. Though discounted tickets are also offered to members to public events and programs, membership does not include participation in our private programming (education programs, group tours, special tours, special events, etc.)

More To See, More To Do,
More Than A House.


Included with regular admission:
  • Enjoy a professionally guided tour of the historic house.
  • Participate in Connections: From Africa to America, a 45-minute program that uses maps, historic documents, and artifacts to trace the story of Africans from Africa to the new world, through slavery, emancipation, and into the 20th century.
  • Experience the award-winning "The Voices of Drayton Hall" Interactive Landscape Tour on DVD. Cross the centuries-old terrain guided by Drayton Hall stories and the voices of its people. Includes free rental of DVD player; easy to navigate with corresponding site markers. Produced by the History Channel.
  • Explore along the river and marsh using interpretive maps; self-guided.
  • Visit A Sacred Place, the oldest documented African-American cemetery in the nation still in use.
  • Discover the treasures in our artisan-inspired Museum Shop.
Take a look at our Programs at a Glance and Event Calendar for additional information.

Members and their guests NEVER pay an admission fee. To become a member call us at 843-769-2600, register online, or join during your next visit.

We are open to the public daily with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve Day, and New Year's Day.



Hours

Year Round Hours and Tour Times
Open 7 days a week except major holidays.


To help ensure a thoroughly enjoyable experience:
  • Visitors wishing to take a house tour should arrive at the front gate at least 20 minutes before the start of the tour to allow for ticket transaction, parking, and check-in.
  • If a house tour is sold out, you will be offered the next available tour of your choice.
  • In addition to the house tour, there are other daily activities and programs available, and all are included in the price of regular adult admission – just click on “Things To Do” in the right hand column.
  • You can also save time by purchasing your tickets here. Please note that all visitors must first stop at the front gate before entering the site.

Monday through Saturday:

Main Gates: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Exit gate closes at 5 p.m.)
Museum Shop: 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
First Tour: 9:30 a.m.
Last Tour: 3:30 p.m.

House Tours:
Starting on the half hour at 9:30am.
Please arrive at least 20 minutes before the start of the tour.


Connections: From Africa to America:
10:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 2:45 p.m.

Voices of Drayton Hall:
An Interactive Landscape Tour on DVD: Available for complimentary rental throughout the day; enjoy at your own pace.


Sundays:

Main Gates: 11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Exit gate closes at 5 p.m.)
Museum Shop: 11:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
First Tour: 11:30 a.m.
Last Tour: 3:30 p.m.

House Tours:
Starting on the half hour at 11:30am.
Please arrive at least 20 minutes before the start of the tour.


Connections: From Africa to America:
12:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.

Voices of Drayton Hall:
An Interactive Landscape Tour on DVD: Available for complimentary rental throughout the day; enjoy at your own pace.



Accessibility

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.



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 contact (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.



Directions

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

For general directions, use one of the following links from Google Maps. You can customize the "from" address as needed.

Things to Do

Professionally Guided House Tour
Connections:
from Africa to America
"Voices of Drayton Hall"
DVD Tour
Marsh and River Walks
African-American
Cemetery
Museum Shop
Picnics




Prices

Adults: $20
Youth (12-18): $10
Child (6-11): $6
Child (5 and under): Free
Family Package:
   2 adults and up to 2 children under the age of 18: $44
Grounds only: $10
DVD Tour & Player rental: Free with paid admission

We also proudly offer discounts to military personnel ($2 off) and for members of AAA ($1 off).

Don't forget! Members of the Friends of Drayton Hall always receive free admission. What's more, as a member you can bring up to four guests every time you visit. Your membership will pay for itself in as few as one or two visits, and you'll save when you visit other National Trust Historic Sites across the country, too!