Tours & Ticketing

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Rockwood's 2018 Holiday Exhibit

Home for the Holidays

Enjoy the warmth of a family Christmas complete with sparkling decorations, festive clothing, tasty celebrations and more on display. Rockwood Museum houses original furnishings and a large collection of family clothing from the 1890s through 1920s, all of which help tell the story of the Bringhurst family. Costumed museum guides tell tales of the families’ wealthy lifestyle, ancestors and servants in a warm and inviting fashion. Top off your tour with a visit to the Bringhurst Boutique which is full of festive gifts.

November 24-January 15
No tours 12/24, 12/25

Tours are FREE in December!
Groups welcome by reservation. Called (302) 761-4340

Candlelight Tours

Enjoy a rare evening tour of the mansion. Traditional decorations and low lighting creates the experience of the lavish comfort afforded this wealthy family of a bygone era. This is a free event, but donations of non-perishable foods are collected for local food closets. FREE

Friday, December 7, 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, December 8, 5-7 p.m.
Friday, December 14, 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, December 15, 5-7 p.m.

Museum Tour
Step through the doors to a bygone era. Rockwood houses original furnishings, a large collection of family clothing from the 1890s through the 1920s, and a repository of photographs which tell the story of the Shipley, Bringhurst, and Hargraves Families. Costumed museum guides tell the tales of the families’ wealthy lifestyle, ancestors, and servants in a warm and inviting fashion.

Wednesday-Saturday: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.
Sunday: Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m.

Adult: $10
Child: $4
All tours are free during the month of December

Groups welcome by reservation 302-761-4340.

New Castle County residents receive 50% off admission.

Groups of 6 or more are asked to call ahead to schedule a group tour. 302-761-4340

Historic Garden Tour

Planned and planted by Joseph Shipley over 150 years ago, the historic garden at Rockwood surrounds the mansion and reflects Shipley's love of the contemporary English landscape gardens of the mid Nineteenth Century.

A new philosophy of garden design emerged in England in the mid 19th century. Dissatisfied with the formal tidy gardens of Europe, landscape designers of this era vowed to seek and follow nature, and give romance and pleasure to the gardens they created. The entire property became a landscape garden unified in a subtle, naturalistic design. Called gardenesque, this style inspired Joseph Shipley to create the gardens at Rockwood.

Though the garden has undergone changes over the years including the loss and addition of trees and shrubs, and a restoration in 2000, some of Shipley's original plantings remain along  with the essence of the gardenesque style he loved.  

The Bringhursts added a more formal flower garden to the Walled Garden  in 1913 which still boasts magnificent Dr. Van Fleet Roses each May

By reservation only.
Call 302-761-4340 or send us an email for availability and rates.