Estate Tour

10 & Over 4 Hours

Tour the entire estate on this complete Taliesin experience! Visit Hillside Studio & Theater, the Taliesin home, Tan-y-Deri and more during this four-hour tour.

Rates & Starting Location

Adult – $90
Student, Senior & Military – $85

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

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

Summary

Our Estate tour begins at the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, the only free-standing restaurant designed by Wright. From there, guests are shuttled with their guide to the Taliesin estate for a four-hour walking tour that moves through a large portion of the estate. Some of the highlights include:

  • Exploring Hillside, the school that Wright designed for his aunts. Here, you’ll see the Assembly Hall, Fellowship Dining Room, Drafting Studio, the Theater and gallery space.
  • Taking a country walk past the Romeo and Juliet Windmill Tower, the oldest design on the estate.
  • Getting a close-up look at Tan-y-deri, the home Wright built for his sister Jane Porter.
  • Checking out Midway Barn en route to the Taliesin home itself.

Halfway through the tour, you’ll be served light refreshments while relaxing on Frank Lloyd Wright’s terrace before enjoying an exterior tour of his home. Finally, you’ll spend a delightful one hour inside Taliesin itself.

Comfortable walking shoes are a must for this tour, since it includes a 1½ mile hike, including some considerable hills, from one end of the estate to the other, with few places to sit down.

Accessibility

The tours begin on a 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

Tour tickets are non-refundable. Tours can be rescheduled with 48 hours advance notice.

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 or 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, 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. However, the House tour and Hillside Studio & Theater tour are complimentary of one another.
Are there any age limits? Can we bring our kids?
Yes, children ages 10 and older are allowed on the tour, however, please note that some children may not fully understand the content and get much out of it. As parents, you should use your best judgement as to whether your child will enjoy the tour. If you have young children, we advise taking the Hillside Studio & Theater 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 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 Bookstore 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 everyday from May 1 through October 31 and on Fridays through Sundays in November and April.
How will we get to the Taliesin estate from the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center?
Part of the tour includes short 5-minute drives to the estate and back from the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center in one of our climate-controlled 21-passenger 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?
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 Taliesin 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?
Since the tour includes a 1½ mile hike from one end of the estate to the other as well as uneven terrain and stairs, we do not advise this tour for those with accessibility issues. 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 about accessibility 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 the 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?
Taliesin is closed from January through March and our regular tour season runs from May 1 through October 31. In addition, we also offer the House Tour Friday through Sunday in April and November.
Do you have a gift shop?
Yes, the Taliesin Bookstore is open every day from 9:00am to 5:30pm during our regular season from May 1 through October 31. It is also open Friday through Sunday during April and November from 10:00am to 4:30pm.
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 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 included? Are they available for purchase?
This tour includes some light refreshments, such as lemonade, coffee, tea, and water along with some bite-sized treats from the Riverview Terrace Cafe. In addition, bottled water is available for purchase in the bookstore. Cafe hours everyday May-October: 11:00-3:00.
Are there any restaurants nearby?
Yes, located within the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center, the Riverview Terrace Cafe 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! Cafe hours everyday May-October: 11:00-3:00.
Are restrooms available along the tour?
Yes, restrooms will be available approximately one hour into the Estate tour. Restrooms are also available in the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center and 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 Visitor Center.
Are pets allowed to come?
Certified service dogs are always welcome. Other pets are not permitted on the 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. Please contact us for information about local pet day care.
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! Call 877-588-7900 or 608-588-7900.
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 Studio & Theater tour and the House tour. To set up a group tour, please contact us.
Can we do a private tour?
Yes, we offer group tours and development tours. To set up a private tour, please contact us.