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Carlyle House

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Address: 121 N. Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone Number: 703/549-2997
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Beautiful Historical Home

Our tour guide was excellent and so knowledgeable about the family and Carlyle House. We truly enjoyed viewing this beautiful home with many of the original furnishings returned... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
MelPK14
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Austin, Texas

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Austin, Texas
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our tour guide was excellent and so knowledgeable about the family and Carlyle House. We truly enjoyed viewing this beautiful home with many of the original furnishings returned to the house with the other furnishings as historically accurate as possible.

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Thank MelPK14
Alexandria, Virginia
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26 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The house and grounds are wonderfully preserved and the staff are friendly and welcoming! The tour was a bit long, and could be cut down to about 30 minutes, like the other museums in the area.

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Thank irenencurdie
Alexandria, Virginia
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

such history here and was most interesting to learn and see firsthand how people lived in the 18th century. the home was well thoughout in construction to maximize efficiency. the tour was inexpensive and well worth the time.

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1 Thank dca1957
Alexandria, Virginia
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Candlelight tour is an annual event in Old Town and a lot of fun for couples and families. There are usual 5 destinations on the tour and you can visit them in any order within a 2-3 hour window. Carlyle House is one of the larger and more interesting venues. Tour guides are stationed in every room to tell... More 

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Thank LittleCallieCat
Valdese, North Carolina
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14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This has to be the first home of a colonial merchant I have visited. Before visiting this home I had no idea who John Carlyle was. He was an immigrant from Scotland who came to America. He became famous throughout the community with his beatiful home he built. I have lived in Alexandria for a while now, but learned a... More 

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Thank Martha W
Richmond, Virginia
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38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent tour guide took us through this very interesting house. It was impeccably restored. Much to see. Much to learn about early Alexandria.

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1 Thank UnderwaterBrian
Bruges, Belgium
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128 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

Went here on a Saturday morning near the holidays. It was really interesting because we just stumbled upon it, and though I considered myself a history buff, had no idea who John Carlyle was ! The house was very pretty and peaceful. Out tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable . I was really impressed, admission wasn't that much and... More 

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1 Thank Cc B
Yardley, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

The staff was extremely helpful and passionate about this house. We enjoyed the bit of history. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. The house was lovely.

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1 Thank Paula W
Alexandria,VA
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42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

The house, the only one of its time in Alexandria built of stone, was itself a taste of Gentry living. Too bad it lacks furnishing, which would so enhance the experience. The garden was beautiful and well tended, a nice place to sit for a while.

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1 Thank Alondra1b
Chicago, Illinois
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84 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

Had a couple hours to kill between meetings. This place has good reviews here and recommended at visitors center. Thrilled that I took the advice! A fascinating glimpse into the colonial period in a wonderfully restored building. Unbelievably, almost ever piece of furniture is origin even though the estate was distributed hither and yon centuries ago. And the house plays... More 

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