What are your business hours?
Taliesin Preservation is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm during our regular season from May 1 through October 31.
What is your contact information?
Gift Shop and Tours: (608) 588- 7900
Gift Shop Inquiries: email@example.com
Is the café open?
The Riverview Terrace Café offers Grab & Stay lunches that guests can enjoy in our Wright-designed dining room overlooking the Wisconsin River. We proudly source sustainable and organic meats and produce from the very best of the area’s bounty. Boxed items from our seasonal and regionally-reliant menu are available for purchase in the gift shop during business hours or while supplies last. The kitchen is staffed from 11 am-3 pm.
Do I need to buy tickets in advance?
Advance purchase is strongly recommended, as space is limited per tour. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can be purchased using a Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express online or over the phone during business hours. When you arrive, you will collect your tickets in the gift shop. Please call for same-day reservations.
What is the main difference between the tours? Which one should I take?
We offer a variety of tours which vary by duration and sights seen. While there is some overlap in terms of the areas seen, each tour is very different and often guests take more than once during their visit. In general, our most popular tours are the House tour and Highlights tour, which also run the most often. In addition, our Estate tour is also popular and the most in-depth tour of Taliesin. However, if you are short on time, consider taking the Highlights tour, which combines overviews of both Taliesin and Hillside into a quick-paced 2-hour tour. If you’ve taken the Estate tour or Highlights tour, it would not be necessary to take an additional tour. Please refer to our calendar for our daily tour schedule. Learn more about our tour offerings here.
When should we arrive for our tour?
The meeting location is the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center at 5607 County Rd. C, Spring Green, WI. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your ticket departure time to collect your tickets. Busses leave promptly at their scheduled tour times.
Are there any age limits? Can we bring our kids?
Yes, children ages 10 and older are allowed on tours. As parents, you should use your best judgment as to whether your child will enjoy the tour. If you have young children, we advise taking the Driftless Landscape Tour, as this is the only tour children under the age of 10 are permitted to attend. The Driftless Landscape Tour is offered on Saturday mornings, starting in June.
I have reciprocal benefits with another Wright organization and received a complimentary 1-Hour House tour ticket. Can I apply the cost of this tour towards another ticket type?
Unfortunately, the value of the tour cannot be applied towards other tours.
What about inclement weather?
Tours will run rain or shine. Most of the buildings on the Taliesin estate do not have heat or air-conditioning. We suggest you check the forecast and dress appropriately for the weather as our tours go out regardless of conditions.
Can we explore Taliesin on our own or do we need to take a tour?
The Taliesin estate is privately owned and is therefore accessible only on a guided tour. The Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, which houses the Taliesin Gift Shop and the Riverview Terrace Cafe is free of charge but guests must have tour tickets to view the remainder of the property. The Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center is open to the public every day from May 1 through October 31 and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in April and November.
How will we get to the Taliesin estate from the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center?
Part of the tour includes a short 5-minute drive to the estate and back from the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center in one of our climate-controlled shuttles. While the drive to the estate is short, your guide will provide narration along the way.
How much walking or standing will there be? Will I be able to sit down?
1- Hour House Tour: Other than during the shuttle ride, guests will be standing or walking for most of the tour. Generally, the first 15 minutes of the tour is spent exploring the gardens and courtyards, and the rest of the tour is spent inside the house. Please note we do walk at a casual pace, but we will be walking on some uneven terrain including gravel walkways and grassy areas.
2-Hour House Tour: Other than during the shuttle ride, guests will be standing or walking for most of the tour. Generally, the first 45 minutes of the tour is spent exploring the gardens and courtyards, and the rest of the tour is spent inside the house. Please note we walk at a casual pace, but we will be walking on some uneven terrain, including gravel walkways and grassy areas.
Highlights Tour: Approximately 15 minutes of the tour is spent on the shuttle which brings guests back and forth from the Frank Lloyd Visitor Center in addition to a short 5-minute ride in the middle of the tour to get from the Hillside Studio & Theater building to the Taliesin home. Therefore, for the majority of the tour, guests will be standing or walking. Please note we do walk at a casual pace, but we will be walking on some uneven terrain including gravel walkways and grassy areas.
Estate Tour: Guests should expect to be standing or walking for the majority of this tour and guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for walking since the tour includes an approximately 1½ mile walk from the Hillside Studio building to the home. However, there will be a few opportunities to sit during the tour. Approximately 10 minutes of the tour is spent on the shuttle which brings guests back and forth from the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center. Guests will also have a chance to sit about halfway through the tour while enjoying light refreshments on the terrace at Taliesin. Please note we do walk at a casual pace, but will be walking on some uneven terrain including gravel walkways and grassy areas.
Is Taliesin handicap accessible?
If you are concerned about accessibility please contact us prior to purchasing tickets to determine which tours are best suited to your abilities. Accessible tours are available by special arrangement with 3 weeks’ notice. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an accessible tour, please contact us at (608) 588-7900.
Do you allow photography?
Due to the fast-paced nature of the 1-Hour House tour, photo opportunities are limited. Casual photography is permitted on all other tours.
Can I leave the tour early?
Guests are shuttled from the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center to the estate so guests will not be able to leave during the tour.
Is Taliesin open all year round?
The regular tour season runs from May 1 through October 31. Taliesin offers 2-Hour House Tours in April and November on Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays. Private tours of the house can be scheduled at any time of year.
Do you have a gift shop?
Yes, the Taliesin Gift Shop is open every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm during our regular season from May 1 through October 31. In April and November, our gift shop is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Gift Shop:(608) 588- 7900
Gift Shop Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
What should I wear? What should I bring?
We recommend being prepared for the day’s weather and wearing comfortable clothing and shoes. Note there are gravel walkways that connect the buildings, so please be sure to wear appropriate shoes. In terms of what to bring, we generally find the fewer items you carry with you, the more comfortable you will be.
Are food and drinks available for purchase?
Please note that outside drinks, other than bottled water, are not permitted on tours. Grab & Stay meals will be available for purchase from the Riverview Terrace Cafe inside the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center.
Are there any restaurants nearby?
Yes, located within the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, the Riverview Terrace Café has a warm and friendly atmosphere with windows that span the entire length of the building, giving diners an unforgettable view overlooking the scenic Wisconsin River. For those traveling for business or pleasure, the restaurant also has free access to Wi-Fi. Sit, dine, relax and enjoy! The café offers Grab & Stay daily.
Are restrooms available along the tour?
Restrooms are only available in the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center. We recommend using the facilities prior to the departure of your tour.
Is there parking available?
Yes, there is a free parking lot at the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center.
Are pets allowed to come?
Certified service dogs are always welcome. Other pets are not permitted on tours. Also please note there is limited shade in our parking lot and pets should not be left in vehicles while guests are attending tours.
Is smoking allowed?
Smoking is permitted in the exterior areas near the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center. Smoking is prohibited on the grounds of the Taliesin estate.
Do you offer gift cards?
Yes! gift cards are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays, or any other occasion!
Do you offer group tours?
Yes, in addition to offering tours to the general public, we also welcome larger groups to the Taliesin estate. For these groups, we offer the Hillside School Tour, the 1-House Tour, the 2-Hour House Tour, the Highlights Tour, and the Estate Tour. Alternatively, we can customize your experience. To set up a group tour, please contact Brian Carrol at email@example.com
We are interested in learning more about school field trips. Who should we speak with?
Caroline Hamblen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can we do a private tour?
Yes, private tours are available year-round. To set up a private tour please contact Brock Stafford at email@example.com.
We would like to host an event/wedding at Taliesin. Can you provide more information?
Yes. Please contact our events coordinator, Jasmine Clement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.