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Allerton Park & Retreat Center

Open today: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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A simply amazing place to be... Take in the grandeur of the gardens... Walk through time and see... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Stephen C
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Danville, Illinois
Great Place

Allerton Park has always been a favorite. Spent many a times there. Always good to visit. There's... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Mike D
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Rockford, Illinois
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One of the 7 Wonders of Illinois as designated by the Illinois Bureau of Tourism. Away from the distractions and noise of city life, enjoy luxurious surroundings in a century-old, Georgian-style mansion with gleaming floors, marble fireplaces, and...more
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515 Old Timber Rd, Monticello, IL 61856-8279
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A simply amazing place to be... Take in the grandeur of the gardens... Walk through time and see first hand how the other half lived...

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Stephen C
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Allerton Park has always been a favorite. Spent many a times there. Always good to visit. There's the SunSinger, the Centuar,and many other status to see. Sunken Garden has always been a favorite too.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed September 5, 2018

From Jewelry Classes to Music Festivals and Yoga, Allerton has more to it than walks in the gardens, retreats and weddings (all of which are perfect nice, btw). Only a 30 min drive from Champaign-Urbana or Decatur, you'll drive thru the town of Monticello, which...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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AllertonPark-RC, Public Relations Manager at Allerton Park & Retreat Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2018

Thanks so much for your thoughtful review, SallyAnn W. We appreciate you taking the time to write and help spread the word about Allerton. Hope you can make it back to visit again soon!

Reviewed August 27, 2018

Old mansion in the middle of farm country. A failed attempt by Robert Allerton to create who knows what. A young man with lots of money and no vision. His however is an interesting story, if you have time to waste. This young man had...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

I always enjoy a pleasant walk in the gardens. The path is handicap accesible also. A bowl to water your pets is available. Love exploring the grounds with my dogs at my side. You will not believe this exists in Illinois. A must see!!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Bonnie R
AllertonPark-RC, Public Relations Manager at Allerton Park & Retreat Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2018

Thanks so much for your thoughtful review, Bonnie R. We appreciate you taking the time to write and help spread the word about Allerton. Hope you can make it back to visit again soon!

Reviewed August 13, 2018

a nice park to relax, take in beauty, go for a walk. Ample parking, many places to visit. Play hide and seek with the statues.

Date of experience: August 2018
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AllertonPark-RC, Public Relations Manager at Allerton Park & Retreat Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2018

Thanks so much for your thoughtful review, jserramcorder. We appreciate you taking the time to write and help spread the word about Allerton. And love your suggestion about hide and seek! :) Hope you can make it back to visit again soon!

Reviewed August 13, 2018

The 1,517 acre Allerton Park is located near Monticello, Illinois on the upper Sangamon River. The park and manor house, were donated to the University of Illinois in 1946 by their owner Robert Allerton, artist, art collector and garden designer. Various gardens – herb, brick-wall,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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AllertonPark-RC, Public Relations Manager at Allerton Park & Retreat Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2018

Thanks so much for your thoughtful review, sinclaired. We appreciate you taking the time to write and help spread the word about Allerton. Hope you can make it back to visit again soon!

Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

It’s a shame that the State of Illinois and U of I have cut back funding for the grounds. We visited this pace six years ago and it was very well kept! Not so much now. The hiking and woods nature were beautiful.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 13, 2018

It's a very short drive from Champaign to here, and the park is very enjoyable - works of nature and work of human hands complement each other in this little park. It's good for wedding and big gatherings, too, but probably very expensive as it's...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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AllertonPark-RC, Public Relations Manager at Allerton Park & Retreat Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2018

Thanks so much for your thoughtful review, MACKBA. We appreciate you taking the time to write and help spread the word about Allerton. Hope you can make it back to visit again soon!

Reviewed July 9, 2018

My sons and I were lucky enough to get to walk through the interior of the mansion as they were preparing it for a garden party occurring later that evening. We spent the afternoon strolling the gardens and enjoying the scenery. My two sons (5...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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AllertonPark-RC, Public Relations Manager at Allerton Park & Retreat Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2018

Thanks so much for your thoughtful review, Ryan H. We appreciate you taking the time to write and help spread the word about Allerton. Hope you can make it back to visit again soon!

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Sharon B
January 26, 2017|
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Response from AllertonPark-RC | Property representative |
Hi, Sharon! Thanks for your inquiry, and we're so glad to hear you will be visiting Allerton! The Park is open daily and free to the public. You are welcome to enjoy the 14 formal gardens (with sculptures and statuary... More
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paul2349
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Response from Irishgrl_7 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Paul. You can call to inquire about availability and rates. As for why the rates aren't published, it has to do with event scheduled and large group events.
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