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Carlyle House

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Address: 121 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3229
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+1 703-549-2997
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

A Georgian Palladian manor house built in 1753 by merchant and city founder...

A Georgian Palladian manor house built in 1753 by merchant and city founder John Carlyle. Here, five royal governors and General Braddock met to discuss funding of the French and Indian War. Daily tours, youth programs, special events, exhibits and lectures offer visitors a chance to experience eighteenth century life through the eyes of one man and his family as he made the journey from English citizen to American patriot. The story of Carlyle House parallels the early history of Alexandria, colonial Virginia, and America and is brought to life through costumed interpreters, guides and fun family programs. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. noon-4 p.m. (tours on the hour and half hour, last tour at 4).

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Another 'Must' to Visit in old Alexandria!

We had an amazing tour guide who was very proud of the fascinating history behind the Carlyle House. The family history of the household inhabitants as he told us was full of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Bath, Maine
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Bath, Maine
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had an amazing tour guide who was very proud of the fascinating history behind the Carlyle House. The family history of the household inhabitants as he told us was full of many points of interest.

Thank bathtravel123
Alexandria, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The John Carlyle Historical House, situated just across the street from the City Square, is truly a great museum filled with artifacts of mid-18th century life in Alexandria. A complete restoration in the 1970s preserved this treasure. As we entered the house, we were warmly greeted and introduced to our volunteer tour guide. The tour included who John Carlyle and... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We bought the key to the city pass at the welcome center and it included a ticket to the Carlyle House. We learned a lot of interesting information during our visit. Prior to our visit all we knew came from the PBS show Mercy Street. Don't want to spoil your visit by telling what we learned but, as our guide... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I may be partial in this review as I am a descendant of John Carlyle. We were the last tour of the day so the pace was leisurely. A lot of interesting questions were posed by the small group of 6 we joined. The guide was very knowledgeable about the decorative arts contained within the house and frequently framed physical... More 

Thank Pinktower
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

-Location: Fairfax St. In front of the city hall. Half a block from the visitor center. 2 blocks from Waterfront. -Tour: Arrived for the 11a.m tour.Tour is $5.00 and lasted 45 minutes. There is a video that you can watch at the beginning of the tour. First floor and second floor open for the tour. First floor you tour the... More 

Thank teresa3000
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The Carlyle House pre-dates the Revolutionary War, survived that war and also made it through the Civil War as a hotel used by Union soldiers. Very interesting tour of both eras and now is highlighted after being seen on the TV show, "Mercy Street". The upper floor shows rooms as they would have looked in the Mercy Street hospital although... More 

Thank lwatson259
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

an historic preservation miracle, when one considers how easily the pre-revolutionary house could have been lost during construction or operation or demolition of the 19th century Mansion House Hotel -- and it's an especially amazing place to visit on days when the house hosts events like a re-enactment of General Braddock's visit during the French & Indian War

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Kailua, Hawaii
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

My sister and I toured the Carlyle House in March. The 1-hour tour costs $5, but is well worth it. It's a lovely, historic home and our tour guide was very informative. We parked in the Market Square parking garage off Fairfax St (1-min walk to Carlyle House), which cost $4 for the first 2 hours. We also toured the... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Great place to visit if you are interested in Civil War time period or restored homes. You can avoid the costs of an entry fee if you plan to go during a monthly "Open House."

Thank JDR29
Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

The stunning Carlyle House is one of the greatest historical locales in the Virginia/DC areas, if not the entire nation. It was built by Alexandria co-founder, Scottish immigrant John Carlyle, in 1749, as part of Lawrence Washington's (yes, the brother of that other Washington) plan to construct a great merchant city on the Potomac. Lawrence's young brother George wound up... More 

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