Create an experience that is perfectly suited to your interests!

Self-Guided Tours

Is your group (parties of 8 or more) more likely to "take it all in" on their own without the structure of a guided tour? We've got that! Interpretive panels are strategically placed throughout the Estate which allows for a less formal, more meandering way to explore the mansion, gardens and grounds.

Once you've spent an hour or so enjoying the property your group may like some light refreshments or lunch. Plenty of lovely spots to sit and enjoy; our covered porches overlooking The Bosquet or the Narragansett Bay or our picnic area adjacent to the Rose Garden. The Kitchen at Blithewold is prepared work with you to prepare something special for your group.

Guided Tours

Today, change and discovery is ever-present at Blithewold. The archival collection is unusually rich, which means our staff and volunteers are constantly discovering "new" items. And outdoors on the Grounds the gardens change daily. We provide our guides with regular updates from our curatorial and gardens staff, keeping them fully up-to-date on what's new indoors and out. Booking a guide ensures your group has the most complete and current tour option at Blithewold.

What to Expect During Your Guided Tour

Blithewold tour guides lead your group (parties of 8 or more) on a 90-minute tour of Blithewold's Mansion and Grounds. They tell the story of the Van Wickle/McKee family, the original owners of this beautiful seaside garden estate. Out on the grounds your guide will take you to each of the ten gardens, the Bamboo Grove, the Summerhouse and our Lord and Burnham greenhouse complex. Your tour will end with a Q & A and cold drinks served on the North West Porch.

Options to Enhance Your Experience

Food

It's true everything's better with food!

Creative Pursuits

Take a more interactive approach to your day.

Relaxing Retreats

Spend a day enjoying the tranquility.

Tips for an Enjoyable Visit

Comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate attire are recommended for touring the gardens and grounds. Also note that the house is not air-conditioned but on warm days the breeze off the bay keeps the mansion quite comfortable.

The combined house and garden tour averages about 1 hour and 30 minutes and can be adjusted to accommodate your schedule. You may want to allow additional time to enjoy the gardens and grounds after the tour.

For other questions look at our FAQ page linked below.