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Address: 26304 Ocean View Ave, Carmel, CA 93923-9109
Phone Number:
+1 831-624-1813

The historic home of the poet Robinson Jeffers is open to the public for...

The historic home of the poet Robinson Jeffers is open to the public for group tours Fridays and Saturdays. First Tour at 10AM, last tour at 3PM. Tours last about 1 hr 20 minutes. Docents describe the life and times of Robinson and Una Jeffers, his poetry, philosophy, and accomplishments of building his home of sea-tossed granite.

Wear walking shoes to cope with uneven ground and steep stairs. No photography during tours.

Special events annually are the Spring Garden Party held the first Sunday in May when photography is permitted in Tor House and Hawk Tower. Jeffers Fall Festival is held the first weekend of October and includes discussions and presentations on Jeffers' poetry and his life in Carmel. Both are paid events. Check the Tor House web site for details near the time of event.

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Great tour and our docent Stuart did a great job! It was a private tour with one other couple! We are planning to come back in May.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Great tour and our docent Stuart did a great job! It was a private tour with one other couple! We are planning to come back in May.

1 Thank acilla
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Arrived here just before closing. Since we were departing th next day the docent offered to give us a private tour. The grounds are georgous and the views breathtaking. Robinson Jeffers was an incredible man in so many ways. I would encourage others to make this a planned stop and learn about him and his family.

1 Thank Bill C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Went on a tour here 7 years ago and signed up to become a docent. A few months training and reading later, I began to lead tours. Each tour has the same basic info, but the docents all include a little bit extra, depending on the interest of the tour group (max of 6, 1.5 hour tours only on Fri... More 

1 Thank Liz C
Monterey, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

I like seeing new sites locally however I had no idea what the Tor House was... I originally begrudgingly went with my husband as part of a class he was taking at our local community college. Definitely book a tour with a docent, so you can learn the story of the poet and the local community in the early 20th... More 

2 Thank Patt C
San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Enjoyable tour but boring at times. This tour combines lecture on the poet + tour of the house. Be prepared to stand still in one place for 15-20 min a few times throughout the tour. Not suitable for those who are claustrophobic, easily bored or can not climb steep stairs.

5 Thank LoveToTravelW0r1d
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

If you know the poetry of Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962), this place is a must see. But visit Tor House even if you've never heard of Him. Jeffers was a celebrated poet and icon of the early environmental movement who built the house (1918) and tower (1920) himself as a retreat for his wife Una. The grounds are a collection of... More 

4 Thank AuggieDaddy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

If you want to feel the people and history of Tor House come alive, definitely book a docent tour. Our docent gave us so much insight into the family, their vision, habits and philosophies. Robinson built so much by himself with those heavy granite boulders. Una apparently didn't mind not having electricity for 30 years, and invited her ex and... More 

5 Thank Catherine Z
Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

We were only able to do a walk-by since it is not open for tours every day so be sure and check the schedule of when it is open. fascinating

4 Thank J M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

I rated this place as 'very good' but, frankly, I was very disappointed. I had read Robinson Jeffer's poems and his life story. I'd also seen pictures of him building the house.(Anyone interested in the environment SHOULD read his stuff.) To finally see it up close was a let-down. No longer isolated for sure. You really have to hunt for... More 

4 Thank MaryLouandJohn
Washougal, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

Purchased tickets a month before Tor House' Open House. Greeted warmly by all the docents, heard some wonderful history, nibbled on fresh tea sandwiches, treats with tea, and thoroughly enjoyed hearing the bagpipe player. Truly a treasure to visit and appreciate.

2 Thank Gloria L

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