2-Hour House Tour

10 & Over 2 Hours

Discover the architecture, landscaping, and furnishings of Taliesin as we tour both the interior and exterior of this historic home!

Rates & Starting Location

Adult – $58
Student, Senior & Military – $53

Children (including infants) under the age of 10 are not permitted on the House Tour.

Meeting Location is the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center (Spring Green, WI).

Overview

Among the most famous residences in the United States, Taliesin embodies Wright’s energy, technique, and creative vision. The house stands as the longest on-going project of Wright’s career.

Two-hour House Tour guides you through rooms that Wright imagined and built, exploring the rich canvas he worked on every day of his life. On this two-hour walking tour, you’ll experience the:

  • Landscaped grounds
  • Furnishings
  • Collected objects
  • And, of course, the building itself

From the Taliesin courtyards and gardens, you are afforded a commanding view of the beautiful valley settled by Frank Lloyd Wright’s ancestors, while the interior portion of the tour explores Taliesin’s famed living room, the garden room, loggia, bedroom, and studio.

Note that this tour is divided between the grounds and interiors, with approximately 45 minutes devoted to exterior exploration. 

Accessibility

The tours begin on the picturesque rural estate that has some unique characteristics. All tours require a significant amount of standing, stair climbing, and walking on uneven terrain. There are several series of steps and some with no handrails. Some exterior walkways consist of loose gravel or grassy pathways. There is no opportunity to leave the group should you wish to stay behind. Our public tours are not wheelchair accessible. We can arrange private accessible tours with three weeks’ notice. Please call directly for details. 877-588-7900 Ext 229. We share this information so that all guests may be fully prepared for what to expect.

Cancellation Policy

Tickets are non-refundable, even if plans change due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 24 HOURS NOTICE is required to reschedule a tour or provide a tour credit (in the form of a gift card) for a future tour. Same-day cancellations will not be recompensed. In the unfortunate event Taliesin Preservation cancels a tour or event, guests will be notified in advance and offered a full refund back to the original method of payment or a credit valid through the following tour season.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
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 one during their visit. In general, our most popular tours are the House tour and Highlights tour. 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.
Are there any age limits? Can we bring our kids?
Yes, children ages 10 and older are allowed on the tour. 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.
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 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?
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.
Is Taliesin handicap accessible?
Since the tour covers uneven terrain and stairs and boarding our shuttle, we do not advise this tour for those with accessibility concerns. If you are concerned about accessibility, please contact us before 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.
Do you allow photography?
Casual photography is welcome, and guests can take photos on tour.
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.
What should I wear? What should I bring?
Since a portion of the tour takes place outside, we recommend being prepared for the day's weather and wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Note there are gravel walkways that connect the buildings, so please be sure to wear appropriate shoes. Regarding 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-and-stay meals will be available for purchase from the Riverview Terrace Café inside the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center starting May 1.
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!
Are restrooms available along the tour?
Restrooms are available in the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center. We recommend using the facilities before 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 attend 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. To set up a group tour, please contact us.
Can we do a private tour?
Yes, private tours are available year-round. To set up a private tour please contact us.