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Carlyle House Historic Park

Things to do

Girl Scout Programs

NOVA Parks offers a variety of programs designed to help your girl scout achieve a wide range of badges for daisies all the way up to cadets! Badge programs are currently available at three different locations, with more being added all the time! 

Outdoor Programs

Guided Tours

Learn about the history of this beautifully restored 18th century mansion by taking a guided tour of Carlyle House. Guided tours are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, beginning at 10am and Sundays starting at noon. The museum is wheelchair accessible in the basement level and one floor of the house.


School Programs

Your students will step into the past when they visit the Carlyle House. Learn about the events that led up to the American Revolution and Carlyle House’s involvement. Or see objects recovered through archaeology which reveal the intimate details of everyday life at Carlyle House during the 18th century. Each program meets Virginia Standards of Learning.



The Gardens

The Carlyle House garden offers a 3/4 acre open green space in the center of Old Town Alexandria for lunch or quiet solitude. Designed in the 18th-century style, the garden features carefully researched plant materials which would have been available to John Carlyle during his occupancy. Brick walks, benches, boxwood parterres, and a lovely cutting garden make the Carlyle House garden a charming respite from the town’s hustle and bustle.


Weddings & Event Rentals

Photo Credit: Silverbridge & Co. Photography

The exquisite gardens and Magnolia Terrace at Carlyle House offer an elegant and intimate setting in the heart of historic Old Town Alexandria for both business and social functions. Whether you are hosting a retirement, anniversary, engagement party, wedding, or reception, Carlyle House offers the perfect location. The site is half a block off of King Street and a block and a half from the waterfront – making it easy for guests to walk to and from nearby hotels and popular gathering spots. Parking is readily available at adjacent parking garages.

The park is available for rentals from April 1 through October 31. You may host your event on the tented Magnolia Terrace, in the beautiful garden, or on the expansive front lawn. In addition to evening receptions, we also offer two-hour ceremony rentals at almost any time. Maximum capacity varies from 65 – 100 depending upon the location you wish to utilize. The gardens and terrace are wheelchair accessible.

Download the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document below to learn more about pricing, capacity, and more about rentals at Carlyle House.Please complete the Inquiry Form below to inquire about availability or to begin booking your experience.

Event Inquiry Form


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