Tours available Thursdays-Sundays, 12pm to 4pm

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The Turmoil of Transition: The mid-nineteenth century at Cliveden

Enter Cliveden as it was in the mid-nineteenth century - a household and a country in turmoil. This period of tension explores household dynamics, substance abuse and violence, exacerbated by societal shifts of the mid-19th century and still relevant.

This one-hour experience includes the grounds, first and second floor of the house and the Kitchen Dependency and requires the ability to navigate stairs and uneven landscapes. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.


Adults: $15

Students: $10

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National Trust Members: $7.50

Active military personnel & their families: Free

Friends of Cliveden Members: Free

Children 6 Years & Younger: Free

Note: Active-duty military personnel and their families and Friends of Cliveden members can schedule a tour by contacting

Education Director Carolyn Wallace at 215-848-3680 or at [email protected].

Our Policy

  • Please meet in front of the Carriage House to begin the tour.
  • Groups are welcome to eat lunch outside on the grounds. Please be sure that all trash is thrown away.
  • Please do not climb on the trees.
  • Please stay home if you are not feeling well or have come into contact with someone who is sick. Wash your hands and follow CDC guidance on personal hygiene before you visit.
  • Help yourself to Cliveden’s scavenger hunts, bingo cards and other information to learn more about history of the site and community.
  • Dogs are welcome on Cliveden's grounds! All dogs must be leashed and please clean up after them.

Special Promotion!

Have a FREE Traditional Cider at Young American Hard Cider & Tasting Room!

After touring Cliveden, head over to local cidery, Young American Hard Cider & Tasting Room, for a free traditional cider! This promotion is only good on the day of your tour, and visitors must show their tour confirmation form or tour coupon to receive a cider.


Young American Hard Cider & Tasting Room is located at:

6350 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Open Hours:

Wednesday & Thursday - 4pm to 9pm

Friday & Saturday - 4pm to 10pm

Sunday - 11am to 2pm (Brunch), 4pm to 8pm (Dinner)


Cliveden can be reached by car and public transportation.

Driving Directions

Via PA Turnpike (I-276): Take exit 333 and follow Germantown Pike east for 7 miles to Cliveden Street on the left.

Via Schuylkill Expressway (I-76): Take exit 340 to Lincoln Drive. Turn right onto Johnson Street (third light) then left onto Germantown Avenue (fourth light). Take the first right onto Cliveden Street.

Public Transportation

SEPTA Bus: The 23 bus makes a stop directly in front of Cliveden on Germantown Avenue. Cliveden is also accessible on the HXH, and 18 bus routes. 

SEPTA Regional Rail: Cliveden is a short walking distance from the R7 (Chestnut Hill East) line, Washington Lane stop.


Tours begin at the Cliveden Barn, a large stone building near the corner of Cliveden and Morton Streets. To locate the Barn, use the following address: 98 East Cliveden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119.

Visitors will be greeted by an Interpreter before each tour starts. Restroom facilities are available in the Barn.

Schedule your tour today via the form below.

Please contact Jocelyn Rouse at [email protected] if you do not receive a confirmation email after completing your registration.

Questions about tours?

Contact our office at 215-848-3680 or use the form below for any questions about our tours.

Help Preserve Our History

Support Cliveden's work while receiving great benefits being a Friends of Cliveden or 1767 Circle member!