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Carlyle House Historic Park

The Gardens

garden at carlyle

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.

Portrait Photography information

The beautiful gardens at Carlyle House Historic Park are a popular spot for strolling, taking pictures, picnicking, walking the dog, event rentals and, of course, the site's various public programs! To help maintain the park for the public to enjoy now and in the future, we require a photo permit to use the grounds for portrait photography. The permit allows us to try and minimize scheduling conflicts. We offer two permits: 1) an Annual Permit for $200 and 2) a Two-Hour Permit for $25. Please click below to download the permits and decide which one works best for you. Questions, please call the museum at 703-549-2997.

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