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Carlyle House

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Address: 121 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3229
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+1 703-549-2997
10:00 - 16:00
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A Georgian Palladian manor house built in 1753 by merchant and city founder...

A Georgian Palladian manor house built in 1753 by merchant and city founder John Carlyle. Here, five royal governors and General Braddock met to discuss funding of the French and Indian War. Daily tours, youth programs, special events, exhibits and lectures offer visitors a chance to experience eighteenth century life through the eyes of one man and his family as he made the journey from English citizen to American patriot. The story of Carlyle House parallels the early history of Alexandria, colonial Virginia, and America and is brought to life through costumed interpreters, guides and fun family programs. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. noon-4 p.m. (tours on the hour and half hour, last tour at 4).

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-Location: Fairfax St. In front of the city hall. Half a block from the visitor center. 2 blocks from Waterfront. -Tour: Arrived for the 11a.m tour.Tour is $5.00 and lasted 45... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago

-Location: Fairfax St. In front of the city hall. Half a block from the visitor center. 2 blocks from Waterfront. -Tour: Arrived for the 11a.m tour.Tour is $5.00 and lasted 45 minutes. There is a video that you can watch at the beginning of the tour. First floor and second floor open for the tour. First floor you tour the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Carlyle House pre-dates the Revolutionary War, survived that war and also made it through the Civil War as a hotel used by Union soldiers. Very interesting tour of both eras and now is highlighted after being seen on the TV show, "Mercy Street". The upper floor shows rooms as they would have looked in the Mercy Street hospital although... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

an historic preservation miracle, when one considers how easily the pre-revolutionary house could have been lost during construction or operation or demolition of the 19th century Mansion House Hotel -- and it's an especially amazing place to visit on days when the house hosts events like a re-enactment of General Braddock's visit during the French & Indian War

Thank Steve M
Kailua, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My sister and I toured the Carlyle House in March. The 1-hour tour costs $5, but is well worth it. It's a lovely, historic home and our tour guide was very informative. We parked in the Market Square parking garage off Fairfax St (1-min walk to Carlyle House), which cost $4 for the first 2 hours. We also toured the... More 

Thank KailuaGal
Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Great place to visit if you are interested in Civil War time period or restored homes. You can avoid the costs of an entry fee if you plan to go during a monthly "Open House."

Thank JDR29
Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

The stunning Carlyle House is one of the greatest historical locales in the Virginia/DC areas, if not the entire nation. It was built by Alexandria co-founder, Scottish immigrant John Carlyle, in 1749, as part of Lawrence Washington's (yes, the brother of that other Washington) plan to construct a great merchant city on the Potomac. Lawrence's young brother George wound up... More 

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Reviewed 6 March 2017

Beautiful gardens and great history spot. Take some time and visit this beautiful spot. Gorgeous flowers too.

Thank Ann P
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

There is a lot of history within the walls of the Carlyle House, but the guided tour seemed a but dry and over-long. Maybe they were trying to justify the tour fee, but I think we could have seen round in half the time and still learned as much.

Thank Pittsburgh_cyclist
Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

It's an old House. If you've seen one, you've kind of seen them all. The rooms are smaller than you'd think on the inside. But it's still an important part of Alexandria History. Plus they change their exhibits out. Definitely worth admission with the Key to the City (multi-museum) pass

Thank executivewench
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Although there is no self guided option, the hour long, $5 tour is well paced and a good overview to wider Alexandria through the lens of the Carlyle and Greene families.

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