Behind the Scenes Tour
New! Blithewold is now offering monthly guided tours of the Mansion, Gardens and Grounds. Join our Curator, Margaret Whitehead and other experienced guides as you explore Blithewold on a guided walking tour, featuring various topics and subjects which vary from month to month.
Saturday, May 25 – Behind the Scenes with Curator Margaret Whitehead To Register Click Here
Saturday, June 29 – Walking Tour of the House and Grounds
Saturday, July 27– Highlights of the Collection with Curator Margaret Whitehead
Saturday, August 31 – Walking Tour of the House and Grounds
Saturday, Sept. 28 – Before & After Preservation Projects with Curator Margaret Whitehead
Registration in advance is preferred.
Walk-ins are taken on a first come first serve basis.
Tour Capacity: Although some tours have limited capacity, we can sometimes accommodate large groups by providing another program in succession on the same day.
Departures: All tours depart from the VisitorsCenter promptly at the time listed.
Accessibility: Blithewold has limited access for wheelchairs. Call for information.
Payment: Payment may be made by check, cash, Visa, or MasterCard, online, over the phone, or in the VisitorsCenter.
Rates for Guided Specialty Tours (Includes Admission to the Mansion, Gardens and Grounds for the day):
Family (2 adults, 2 youths): $40
Youth age 6 to 17: $5.00
Children 5 and under: Free
Wednesday, April 15
- Wednesday, October 07
Wednesday Walk-Around, a Guided Tour of Blithewold
Tuesday, June 02
- Thursday, September 03
Yoga in the Garden
Thursday, June 04
- Wednesday, September 30
Bristol Explorer Pass
Friday, July 03
Family Fun Friday
Wednesday, July 08
Blithewold’s Summer Concert Series: Music at Sunset - Atwater Donnelly
Sunday, July 12
5th Annual Member Sunset Picnic
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