Maymont Mansion Guided Tours

Why We Love This

  • The swan bed!
  • The gorgeous interiors!
  • Learning more about the belowstairs of the home.

Bookings must be made 24 hours in advance. No same-day bookings are available. Additional tours are available for walk-up guests. Space is limited.

Maymont was the 100-acre Victorian country estate of James and Sallie Dooley. The Romanesque-style mansion was completed in 1893. The Dooleys spent the next three decades filling its interiors with treasures from around the world. Today it is an unusually complete example of a Gilded Age estate and remains very much as it was during the Dooleys’ time.

Insider Tips

If the preregistered tour times do not meet your needs, please note that we offer tours Tuesdays through Sundays 12:00-5:00pm, the last tour is at 4:30pm. Tour availability is not guaranteed for walk-up guests. There are no public restrooms at the Mansion. There are two restroom areas between the Hampton Street parking lot and the Mansion. Large strollers are not permitted on guided tours due to space limitations in the Mansion. The closest parking lot to the Mansion is located at 1700 Hampton Street. There is an approximate 5 to 10 minute walk from the parking lot to the Mansion. Please note that in our peak months between the spring and fall, allow extra time for parking, use of the restroom and getting checked in for the tour.

Meeting Location

The closest entrance to the Mansion is the Hampton Street parking lot at 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220. Directions to the Hampton Street parking lot can be found here: https://maymont.org/visit/directions/#hampton After parking, you will proceed to the Mansion which is approximately a 5 to 10 minute walk depending on your speed. Additional time may need to be factored in during our peak visitation months in the spring and fall due to parking, restroom visits and check in at the Mansion. The Mansion front desk is located in the Belowstairs; this is where you will check in to confirm your tour reservations.

When To Arrive

Please arrive 30 minutes before the tour will begin. After checking in with the front desk staff at the Mansion, you can view the self-guided Belowstairs tour, "In Service and Beyond". Tour sizes are limited and we cannot hold your reservations after the tour has begun. Depending on availability of tours, we will try to place you on another tour, although it is not guaranteed.

Food & Drinks

Please enjoy food and drinks outside of the Mansion. Food and drinks are not allowed in the Mansion, both on guided tours and in the self-guided areas. Drinks can be capped and stored away or they can be left at the front desk for a later pick up.

Handicap Accessible

The Belowstairs exhibit in the Mansion is wheelchair accessible, however there is no wheelchair accessibility to the upper floors of the Mansion tour. Those using wheelchairs or other mobility devices may enjoy the video presentation of Maymont Mansion in the Belowstairs exhibit. Please note that there is a set of steps to gain access to the first floor of the Mansion and a full set of stairs to gain access to the second floor tour areas.

Cancellations & Refunds

Full refunds for cancellations can be made 48 hours prior to the tour time, but may take a few days for processing. Cancellations within the 12-48 hours of the tour time will receive a refund excluding the online booking fee. For questions about booking a ticket, please call Monday through Friday, 9 am - 5 pm (804) 358-7166 ext 329. On the day of your visit, if you know you will be arriving later than your tour time, please call (804) 358-7166 ext 364 to see if there is availability on a later tour. Later tour availability is not guaranteed. The Mansion front desk cannot issue refunds for pre-purchased tickets.

"Maymont tour "

January 14, 2019 - 

Tour was good and informative!


"Beautiful "

January 7, 2019 - 

Beautiful house! So glad we were still able to see it decorated for Christmas.


"Gorgeous!"

January 4, 2019 - 

Maymont Mansion is beyond gorgeous! The docents are very knowledgeable and give interesting tours. The grounds are also beautiful and full of other cool things to see and do.


"Excellent very enjoyable "

January 1, 2019 - 

The tour was very well explained by the Docent . We enjoyed the experience . When I was a child I was raised in a large Victorian home and this tour provided many memories of the home . Special for me to enjoy !


"Excellent. "

December 30, 2018 - 

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"Good Tour Guide"

December 29, 2018 - 

Very nice tour and history of property


"Enjoyed our tour at Maymont"

December 24, 2018 - 

It was fun to see how the mansion might have been decorated during Christmas when the Dooleys lived there. As my son says, the mansion and basement rooms are set up as if the people who lived there had just stepped out. Our guide was very knowledgeable and able to answer our questions.


"Lovely visit"

December 23, 2018 - 

The tour was great; so interesting to hear the details of the Dooleys' life in the mansion as well as the roles of staff. Our docent was quite good, but a bit hard to hear, especially at the ends of her sentences (voice went lower). We enjoyed our tour; thank you.


"Just WONDERFUL"

December 22, 2018 - 

My husband and I have lived in Virginia for almost 36 years and this was our very first visit and it most definatley won't be our last! What a hidden treasure!


"It was okay"

December 22, 2018 - 

Staff was friendly. Tour guide was nice. Just a bit boring, especially for little ones. Would highly recommend for history buffs or older folks. Would not recommend for young families.


"Time well spent"

December 21, 2018 - 

Informative and fun!


"It was great!"

December 20, 2018 - 

Great


"Great!"

December 20, 2018 - 

Evelyn was wonderful! We thoroughly enjoyed our first but not last time at the Dooley Mansion!


"great"

December 17, 2018 - 

Very good. Hope the 3rd floor can be opened soon. Enjoyed seeing the downstairs working area which had not been open last time we were there!


"Maymont was wonderful with their follow-up...Oncethere, not so much"

December 10, 2018 - 

Maymont closed at 12:00 today, due to weather. We have around 12 inches of snow and still counting. The staff at Maymont was wonderful about notifying us earlier in the week that closing may occur. They also made sure that we were abreast of the situation today. Oncethere die nothing.


"Excellent Tour!!"

December 8, 2018 - 

Loved the mansion and the gardens. Our tour guide, Sandie (Sandra?) was excellent. The guided tour was about 1 hour, on the first and second floors. Great presentation and great information


"Excellent! "

November 29, 2018 - 

Evelyn was great! Very knowledgeable and friendly. She answered all of our questions! My first visit to Maymont, but not my last!


"Maymont at Christmas! "

November 25, 2018 - 

Wonderful tour of a Richmond landmark. Docent was an excellent guide!


"Must do in Richmond "

November 25, 2018 - 

I enjoyed the experience and seeing the period mansion.


"Great tour"

November 24, 2018 - 

We had a great tour and our docent was very good, she brought the house to life!


"Maymont Mansion Guided Tour"

November 22, 2018 - 

Very informational and enjoyable !


"Unique!"

November 3, 2018 - 

We enjoyed the unique sense of style of the mansion, and the grounds were beautiful. Well worth the trip.


"Maymont Tour"

October 23, 2018 - 

Excellent tour. Very knowledgable and well-spoken guide.


"Excellent"

October 11, 2018 - 

Guide, a British gentleman was excellent! We really enjoyed our tour.


"Great"

October 10, 2018 - 

It was very well done the tour was great very willing to help accommodate one of our participants


"Excellent"

October 8, 2018 - 

Fantastic tour! Our Guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the home. Home is amazing!


"Maymont Mansion"

October 2, 2018 - 

What an amazing place to visit!! The gardens are gorgeous! The house is beyond AMAZING!! We especially enjoyed the interactive areas in the basement. So well planned out and informative! Our guide for the main part of the house was so knowledgeable and well spoken. Just loved everything about our experience there!


"Estate review"

October 1, 2018 - 

ok


"FIVE STARS!!!!! COULD ACTUALLY GIVE 10 STARS!!"

September 8, 2018 - 

This was one of the best days my friends and I have had!! There were 5 of us that toured the gardens, walked around to experience the animals in the outdoors area. The Mansion tour was exceptional!! Our guide was so thorough, knowledgeable, and just the best we could have wished for. Thank you, thank you and yes.....we will be back in the fall to see the grounds in fall foliage. Marge Block


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