Visiting Oatlands

Monday- Saturday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Sundays 1:00PM-5:00PM

*Open to the public from March 29, 2015 through Dec 30, 2015 with the following exceptions:  Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve.

How can I experience Oatlands?

To visit and support Oatlands, please visit our Carriage House Gift Shop to purchase either grounds or tour tickets.  Please see below for Pass or Tour descriptions. 

Grounds Pass:
        Adults, seniors, military, & children 6-16               $8
        Friends, Reciprocal Garden Members &
        Children 5 and under                                                  Free

Grounds Pass with 1 Tour Ticket:
        Friends of Oatlands Members        Free
        Adults                                                   $12
        Seniors (60+) & Active Military      $10
        Children ages 6-16                              $8
        Children aged 5 and under               Free
        National Trust Members                  $6
*Add a second (or third) guided tour:
        Adults, seniors, military, Nat'l Trust & children 6-16       $8
        Friends & Children 5 and under                                            Free
Grounds Pass
        After purchasing your pass, enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the property.  Admire a serene parcel of Loudoun County with impressive trees such as the European Larch, or the Blue Atlas Cedars.  Explore the formally terraced garden with boxwood alleys, reflecting pool, herb garden, and more.  See nineteenth century architecture in walls, garden dependencies, bank barn and the second oldest greenhouse in the country.  Interpretive signs give key information along the way.

Available Guided Tours:

Historic Mansion Museum Tour
Time: Every hour, on the hour; March-December; Final admission at 4:00PM
Duration: 30-45 minutes

        Interpretive guides lead tours of the first floor of the Oatlands mansion and discuss the lives of the families who owned Oatlands, the history of the house, and choice pieces of the large collection of furniture, portraits, and decorative objects in the mansion. Visitors are encouraged to take a self-guided tour of the second floor where interpretive materials give information on the use of the rooms and the objects inside. The mansion, built in 1804, is not air-conditioned.  Be sure to plan time to enjoy the gardens and grounds before or after your tour.

Garden Tour
Time: 11:00AM, Monday-Friday; March-November
        Explore the beautifully terraced formal gardens with an interpretive guide. The garden contains stone steps, please dress appropriately for walking.  More information coming soon...
Enslaved Community at Oatlands Tour
Time: 1:15PM daily; March- November
Duration: 30 minutes

        The Oatlands we know today would not have been possible without the enslaved people who lived and worked here.  By 1860 the Carters were the largest slave owners in Loudoun County with 133 enslaved men, women and children.  Learn about their lives while walking with an Interpretive Guide.  This is an outdoor tour, please plan and dress appropriately for walking and the weather.

Group tours: Reduced prices are available for group tours (20 people or more) for the Historic Mansion, Gardens, and Enslaved Community Tours.  Tours can be customized for your group.  Please call for reservations.  Lunches or tea service available by prior arrangement.  Call Julie Goforth at 703.777.3174 for information.

Gift Shop
Your first stop after arriving at Oatlands is the inviting gift shop nestled within the 1903 Carriage House. The shop offers a variety of souvenirs, unique gifts, books, jewelry, children's items, and home accessories.  We also feature unique treasures for your garden, including garden ornaments, tools, accessories, and gifts.  Friends of Oatlands members receive a 10% discount on all purchases.  CLICK HERE to visit our online store.


  • The Carriage House, which houses the gift shop and restrooms, is fully accessible. 
  • The mansion is NOT wheelchair accessible as all entrances involve stairs; we encourage people to drop off their loved ones for whom mobility may be an issue as close to their tour site as possible, before parking in the main lot.
  • Smaller grade gravel/pebble pathways lead to the mansion and garden, which contains stairs and terraces.
  • For individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, each doorframe within the historic mansion features brief descriptions of the rooms OR written tours are available. Please let an associate in the gift shop know, and your guide will be prepared with copies.
  • A one-page history is available in the following languages: Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
  • Persons with special needs are encouraged to call 703.777.3174 for more information.

Tips for an Enjoyable Visit

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate attire to fully enjoy the gardens and grounds.
  • Please note: The mansion is not air-conditioned. Heat and humidity are high in July and August.
  • Please plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to your intended tour time to allow for ticket purchase and your walk from the Carriage House to the tour starting point.
  • Oatlands does not offer any food service facilities. You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in our wooded picnic grove. Please remember to dispose of trash in the designated locations.
  • For information about other local attractions, restaurants, and lodging contact the Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association at www.VisitLoudoun.org or 1.888.803.7227.