Visitor FAQs

Browse these Hermitage FAQs to answer any questions you may have and prepare for your next visit to The Hermitage.
  • Where do we go after arriving at The Hermitage? +

    Ample free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Andrew Jackson Visitor Center, with a separate lot for buses, motor coaches, and RVs. All tours of The Hermitage begin at the Andrew Jackson Visitor Center. Here you will find the ticket office.

  • How can we get the most from a tour? +

    Guests are encouraged to ask questions and take full advantage of The Hermitage’s friendly and well trained staff. To further enrich their experience, they can take a supplemental tour such as the horse-drawn wagon tour and the Tulip Grove tour.

  • Does the tour spend much time outside? +

    We have a large site and, if you choose, you can easily spend the majority of your tour outdoors on the grounds so dress comfortably according to the weather. Don’t forget comfortable shoes!

  • How long does a tour take? +

    Most of the tour is self-guided so guests can proceed at a pace of their own. To fully enjoy the tour, plan on spending anywhere from two to four hours at The Hermitage. Note that the last admission tickets are sold at 4:30 p.m.

  • Is photography allowed? +

    Photography is encouraged on the grounds! Take plenty of pictures to share your experience. We invite guests to bring cameras, video cameras or phones to capture their visit anywhere on the property, with the exception of The Hermitage mansion and the Andrew Jackson Visitor Center Gallery. In these spaces, photography is not allowed.

  • Are food and drink allowed? +

    Food and drink are not permitted in the Hermitage mansion or in the Andrew Jackson Visitor’s Center, except for sealed water bottles. Visit the Kitchen Cabinet Cafe for food accommodations, or bring your own lunch. Picnic tables are available in the courtyard outside the Visitor Center and at the Hermitage Church.

  • Are backpacks allowed? +

    For your safety and security, all backpacks, large camera bags and large bags must remain in your vehicle. Any items worn or carried are subject to search.

  • Are pets allowed? +

    Pets are not permitted anywhere on the historic grounds of The Hermitage. If you are traveling with a pet, we recommend boarding them at a local animal hospital while you are on your tour. Please call the ticket office for specific boarding recommendations.