If you are a history buff or a literary buff you should go. The grounds are beautiful so you can wander around and look out onto the water while you are waiting for your guided tour. The guided tour takes you into the House of the Seven Gables and gives you both a perspective on the actual occupants of the house compared with the story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Also on the grounds is the birthplace of Nathaniel Hawthorne so this is a nice little bonus. You should be relatively mobile as the tour involves some narrow winding stairs.