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. Group tours, please call 804-358-7166, ext. 306 for tickets.

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: 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.

"Well worth it!"

March 12, 2020 - 

Our guide was fantastic and the mansion itself was SO BEAUTIFUL! I’m from Richmond and had no idea about the rich history of Maymont. Although we visited in March so most of the flowers weren’t in bloom yet it was still stunning. I can’t wait to come back in the spring to see the grounds a light with foliage!

"Lovely Afternoon"

March 11, 2020 - 

We visited Maymont for a guided tour and a walk around the grounds. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Be sure to leave time to look through the self-guided exhibits.

"Great day"

March 2, 2020 - 

The tour guide was very informative

"Fascinating and informative historic home tour with awesome guides!"

March 2, 2020 - 

Really interesting tour of a home from a time period not often represented by Virginia historic sites. Our guide, Jerl, was personable and able to answer all the questions we threw their way. Really enjoyed it!


February 24, 2020 - 

Our guide was very informative and very friendly!!! I wish the gift shop would have some period jewelry for purchase.

"Step back in time with a visit to the Spectacular Maymont Mansion"

February 22, 2020 - 

First class tour with extremely knowledgeable guide on all aspects of the house. Stunning rooms and a peep into the privileged life style of the very rich.

"Fantastic tour!"

February 22, 2020 - 

Great afternoon and tour of the mansion. Go Dooley!


February 22, 2020 - 

Great guide, very informative. The group was a bit large but the guide handled it very well. Very enjoyable. Beautiful grounds even in winter.


February 16, 2020 - 

The girl we had as our tour guide was very pleasant and smiled the entire time. She knew everything and was able to answer all questions. It was a very enjoyable experience!

"Excellent experience!"

February 12, 2020 - 

Guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Estate was incredible and well-cared for. We will come back in the spring to see the grounds. Thank you.


January 15, 2020 - 

The house is wonderful! We will return in the Spring when the gardens are in bloom!

"Spend the day!"

January 14, 2020 - 

Mansion was interesting to see, make sure you visit all of the gardens too!

"Wonderful tour"

January 12, 2020 - 

What a beautiful place! The tour was fantastic. The grounds are breathtaking.

"so much fun"

December 10, 2019 - 

My group had so much fun on the tour, the docents were so wonderful, knowledgeable, and helpful. Property was gorgeous and beautifully maintained. I am looking forward to going again


December 9, 2019 - 



November 5, 2019 - 

The house is magnificent and the tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable

"Great value and beautiful place"

November 3, 2019 - 

You could spend an entire day there. The house and grounds are amazing! Don't miss the carriage house!


October 26, 2019 - 

This is at least our third tour in 6 years bringing friends from out of state to this tour. It was the best so far! Everyone enjoyed it and Mr. O’Connor was informative and enthusiastic about the house and family who resided there. Very pleased with our experience.

"Delightful historical presentation"

October 23, 2019 - 

Our tour guide gave us a great overview with enough specifics to keep it not just factual but interesting. We are grateful to all of those responsible through the years who have contributed to the preservation and maintenance of the estate.

"Beautiful house and furnishings"

October 22, 2019 - 

A very enjoyable tour through a lavishly furnished mansion from the gilded age, well presented by a knowledgeable guide.

"Jaw dropping place"

October 20, 2019 - 

The Maymont Foundation has done a terrific job at restoring the estate. All the staff members are very nice.


October 17, 2019 - 

Wonderful and friendly staff provided a great touring experience! The gardens are breathtaking!

"Great tour"

October 15, 2019 - 

Guide was excellent. Entertaining as well. Noon tour today. Do not recall his name but he was fabulous.

"Great, so interesting!"

October 14, 2019 - 

It was wonderful! Great tour guide!

"Beautiful spot!"

October 14, 2019 - 

Very interesting and informative. Gorgeous mansion and wonderful representation of the Gilded Age!


October 10, 2019 - 

Very informative.

"Well worth seeing"

October 7, 2019 - 

Well worth seeing for its extensive decoration of the Gilded Age. In perfect condition due to the dedication of its volunteers and sponsors.


October 4, 2019 - 


"Wonderful tour"

September 29, 2019 - 

The your guide was willing to answer questions with relatively detailed explanations. The house is gorgeous. Loved all the decorative we elements. Hope to take the your again.

"Beautiful bargain"

September 26, 2019 - 

The guided tour of the house was wonderful. Hats off to our guide, Ian. The grounds are beautiful and we spent several hours exploring the gardens and wild life center. All this for $5.00 per person. Highly recommended.


September 23, 2019 - 

The guide was very knowledgeable and professional. We truly enjoyed the tour of the mansion and the friendliness of the guide.

"Excellent! "

September 22, 2019 - 

Our tour was outstanding! The guide explained the house and furnishings. She answered our questions.


September 15, 2019 - 

Our guide was very pleasant and gave us a wonderful history of Maymont and how life was then.

"We were delighted to discover this beautiful home and grounds!"

September 6, 2019 - 

Our guide was wonderful! She was full of information and history of Maymont.

"Interesting and educational!"

September 1, 2019 - 

Wonderful docent who made the Gilded Age come alive. A must see when in Richmond.

"Very enthusiastic guide"

September 1, 2019 - 

The tour was full of great stories and interesting history

"Fantastic find in Richmond"

August 25, 2019 - 

The tour was wonderful. We learned a lot and would return again!


August 18, 2019 - 

It did feel a little rushed but the guide did a great job tying to show us everything and include personal tidbits on the family which was wonderful!

"Anniversary trip"

August 4, 2019 - 

The guided tour was outstanding. We only had 4 in our group, myself and my wife and another couple. This allowed out guide to be very detailed, answer all of our questions, and to move slowly and not rush just to get done. We found the guided tour very informative and would not have known any of the information that was shared with us by just walking on our own. There was nothing to read so being told made all the difference. If we went on the self-guided tour we would have just looked and said oh that's nice and been done in 20 minutes. Our tour was an entire hour, it may not have supposed to have been as another employee eventually found us to get our guide because they had been calling him on the radio but we didn't hear it going off. Highly recommend doing.

"Everything was great!"

August 2, 2019 - 

I accidentally booked online for the next day but we were accommodated graciously and also had a very informative docent. Great experience!

"Maymont House Tour"

July 27, 2019 - 

Knowledgeable guide, very engaging.

"Terrific! "

July 12, 2019 - 

And kudos to our lovely docent who so skillfully engaged our grandsons in the tour! Thank you!


July 12, 2019 - 

Very interesting and informative

"Fantastic "

July 9, 2019 - 

Very informative and lots to see!

"Great tour"

June 26, 2019 - 

Top of the line personal, Very knowledagble.

"Excellent visit on a beautiful day"

June 21, 2019 - 

The guide tour was excellent and accommdated us even though we were a few minutes late after walking from the Farm Parking Lot.

"Lovely Estate"

June 20, 2019 - 

Lovely Mansion and knowledgeable guide!

"Mansion and grounds."

June 20, 2019 - 

We had a great guide who was so knowledgable about the mansion and furnishings. I was amazed that 95% of the furnishing were original to the home. Cathy was great as our guide and everyone we talked to was very pleasant.

"loved the house and grounds"

June 17, 2019 - 

our guide was very knowledgeable but her delivery was very scripted and it sounded memorized. I realize that guides must have to repeat details of the house over and over but she was officious and monotone for most of the tour.

"Excellent tour. "

June 15, 2019 - 

The mansion was stunning and the tour guide very knowledgeable and articulate. She was especially accommodating when I told her I am hard of hearing and made sure I heard everything. I've would have liked to learn as little more of the children who lived in the mansion but overall I was very happy I took the tour.

"Outstanding "

June 15, 2019 - 

It was outstanding and beautiful ! Tour guide was very informative about the history of it all

"Rated as compared to Biltmore or Newport mansions"

June 6, 2019 - 

The most informative part of the tour were the back stairs exhibits reflecting the servants’ lives. Our guide upstairs was interesting.

"Awesome tour!"

May 25, 2019 - 

The mansion is magnificent and the docent was very personable and knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit today.


May 15, 2019 - 

Beautiful and informational of another era.

"Wonderful and very informative!"

May 11, 2019 - 

Our guide was excellent and provided many interesting facts and insights into the Dooley's life in the mansion...bravo!

"Great tour of a fantastic place!"

April 30, 2019 - 

We were very impressed with the tour and tour guide. If you want to see how the well-to-do lived in the Victorian Age, this is the ideal place to do it! Grounds are also beautiful; especially the Japanese Gardens!

"Beautiful grounds and mansion. "

April 28, 2019 - 

Excellent tour.Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered all questions. The downstairs self guided tour was very interesting and informative.


April 27, 2019 - 

Knowledgable guide, very informative

"Great tour"

April 14, 2019 - 

The guide was knowledgeable and the mansion was beautiful. What a great history lesson

"very nice"

April 13, 2019 - 

it was a very interesting and beautiful place.


April 11, 2019 - 

It was lovely and so interesting!

"Very nice tour and will recommend to every friend!!"

April 8, 2019 - 

The landscape is very beautiful and we are enjoyed the tour to the mansion! The lady is very knowledgeable and polite. I will share my experience with all my friend. Thanks!!

"Beautiful house!"

April 7, 2019 - 

Tour was informative and interesting.

"Really enjoyed all the detail"

April 6, 2019 - 

Very professional and interesting


April 6, 2019 - 

Not enough benches outside, to much standing in one place tour guide was okay. The mansion was beautiful though.

"Maymont "

April 6, 2019 - 

Great tour of the mansion and enjoyed walking the property. Wear comfortable shoes!


April 6, 2019 - 

I thought they will tell more history of the Family and Mansion.

"Informative "

April 5, 2019 - 

Interesting and informative,guide very funny and keeps you engaged,but should speak slower.

"5 star rating"

April 3, 2019 - 

We enjoyed excellent guided tours of the grounds (via a golf cart tour) and the Mansion. The enthusiasm and courtesy shown by every staff member we encountered, was impressive. Special mention goes to Kevin Alan, customer service manager, who went above and beyond to ensure our enjoyment of our tours. Maymont is a must see for any individual or family visiting Richmond!

"A Step Back in Time"

April 3, 2019 - 

The tour was absolutely amazing. Our guide Sandy, was so knowledgeable and entertaining. The mansion itself was beyond beautiful.

"Mansion Tour Experience"

March 30, 2019 - 

Our Guide was very informative and knowledgeable about the house. Maymont Mansion is beautiful. I really enjoyed the tour of "below stairs" to see how much work must have gone in to the operation of the household


March 23, 2019 - 

We loved the tour and we absolutely loved the house. The best part was having the dressmaker actress in period attire that spoke about the outfits she was making. It was a great touch.

"House Tour"

March 14, 2019 - 

Excellent tour guide

"Great tour!"

March 2, 2019 - 

Very enjoyable outing. Learned a lot about the Gilded age in Richmond.


February 17, 2019 - 

Beautiful grounds, lovely tour guides, and the mansion is fun to walk around and see the antique and historical furnishings.

"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.


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 - 


"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.


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 - 



December 20, 2018 - 

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


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 !


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.


October 11, 2018 - 

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


October 10, 2018 - 

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


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 - 



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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