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Tor House

26304 Ocean View Avenue, Carmel, CA 93923
831 624 1813
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Ranked #7 of 30 attractions in Carmel
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Description: The historic home of the poet Robinson Jeffers is open to the public for group tours.
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San Jose, Calif.
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This is the old home of the poet Robinson Jeffers. The docent lead tour was very informative. The home and Hawk Tower are both built out of natural rocks from the hillside. Very interesting stories about the family that lived there and the construction. Young children would be bored I think but adults interested in history will find it very... More

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Reno, Nevada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

We stumbled into Tor house and the story of Robinson Jeffers and can't stop talking about it! Took the last tour of the day with an entirely enthusiastic literature student who knew the place and all the stories like the back of his hand. He incorporated poetry of the master like a master at key points along the way-- absolutely... More

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

The Tor House is a really interesting site architecturally and the history behind the site is REALLY interesting even if you don't initially know anything about the builder/poet. You'll learn! The guides are very knowledgeable and they make the tour very interesting. The only down side for me was that visitors are not allowed to take pictures (big downer for... More

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Wichita, Kansas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Our guide on this tour was fantastic! We truly enjoyed every bit of this tour! The Tor House & Hawk Tower were incredible!

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Kritou Tera, Cyprus
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

As a life-long Jeffers aficionado, having been born on the Monterey Peninsula, and met Jeffers 2 years before his death when I was just 9 years old, I treasure being a life member of the Tor House Foundation whose efforts saved this iconic edifice from becoming a real estate tear-down transaction. I have vivid memories of the day the master... More

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Pasadena, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

There were supposed to be six people on my tour but the all flaked so lucky me got a private tour with Mary Jane. She was delightful and answered all of my questions. She told me that everyone finds a connection between themselves and Jeffers, and it's TRUE. Make sure you call ahead for a tour reservation and bring $10.

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San Diego, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

If you are a history buff or you just like learning about people and places you will love this place and the story it has to tell of the life of a poet and environmentalist. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable, even reciting Robinson Jeffers poetry to us! What a place to have lived and raised a family- right... More

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Hayward, California
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

I was so glad to find this place. I simply did a search of Carmel walking tours. I didn't do a tremendous amount of prior research because I like to be surprised and learn something new when I take a walking tour. Our volunteer guide was patient, accommodating, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. This was our last stop of a long weekend... More

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Wichita, Kansas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

enjoyed the tour of Tor House. Our guide was pleasant and gave a very interesting and enjoyable tour of the grounds and history

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Carmel, California
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

This is the home of California poet Robinson Jeffers. No where else have I so strongly felt the atmosphere of Carmel Past. This can only be seen on scheduled tours so be sure to make reservations. The docents are knowledgeable. Bring sweaters for your tour on this "tor" where the winds blow off the ocean. Allow about 3 hours for... More

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