Grounds Pass, Mansion Tour & Guide Book


  • Mansion tour

  • Historic outbuildings

  • Museum exhibits

  • Working farm

  • George Washington's final resting place

  • Slave memorial

  • Official Mount Vernon guide book


Tour the estate that America's first president called home. View the Mansion that George Washington shared with his wife Martha and get a closer look at Mount Vernon with the official guide book.

Why take this tour?

Explore George Washington's historic estate, just outside of Washington, DC. 

Learn about George Washington and life at Mount Vernon with an audio tour of the estate, included with your grounds pass. Stroll through the 18th-century gardens and grounds, visit the farm, and meet heritage-breed animals. 

Inside the Mansion, view the Key to the Bastille given to George Washington by the Marquis de Lafayette and see where the Washingtons entertained their guests, including fellow founding fathers. 

Mount Vernon — once home to the United States' first president, George Washington — is located just outside Washington, DC and is open 365 days a year, including on holidays.

Tour George Washington's Mansion, one of the most iconic 18th-century homes in America.

The building began as a one and one-half story house built in 1734 by George Washington's father, Augustine Washington. George Washington began running Mount Vernon in 1754, and over the next 45 years slowly enlarged the dwelling to create the 21-room residence we see today.

The estate also includes a working farm, museum exhibits, four gardens, and historic outbuildings, including the blacksmith shop, smokehouse, stable, and spinning house.

What’s included?

  • Mansion tour

  • Access to the historic area, gardens, tomb, farm, trails and museum

  • Audio tour

  • Official Mount Vernon guide book

  • Food and drinks

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Things to know

Before you go

  • Bring comfortable shoes, as there are dirt paths and some uneven walkways.

  • The entrance is a five to eight-minute walk from the parking lot, depending on which parking lot you park in. Visitors with mobility issues may be dropped off in the traffic circle.

  • Standard, non-motorized wheelchairs and wheeled walkers are available free of charge inside the Ford Orientation Center on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Outside food and drink other than bottled water are prohibited.

  • Leashed dogs are allowed on the property, but they cannot enter the Mansion.

Covid Policy

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Cancellation Policy

    Up to 24 hours before the beginning of the activity: full refund Less than 24 hours before the beginning of the activity or no-show: no refund

About operator:

Mount Vernon is the historic home of America's first president, George Washington, just a short drive from Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, VA.