Group Tours

Group tours come to Tryon Palace in all sizes: field trips, motor coach tours, family reunions, garden clubs, and more. Group rates are only available to groups of 10 or more and reservations should be made at least two weeks ahead of your planned visit. To check the availability for your preferred date, please contact Group Services at 252-639-3524 or submit a group tour request form.

School Groups 

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Adult Group Tours

One Day Pass (All Ages)

Available: Year-round
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Price: $6 for students grades 1-12, $15 for adults
(1 complimentary adult ticket per 10 student tickets purchased)

Explore more than 300 years of local history by touring Tryon Palace's historic and re-constructed buildings. Interact with costumed interpreters as they bring early American history to life. Then get a 21st century experience with the North Carolina History Center's state of the art exhibits and galleries. This comprehensive ticket allows you to explore all that Tryon Palace has to offer and fully explore the rich history of New Bern and eastern North Carolina.

Galleries Pass (All Ages)

Available: Year-round
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Price: $3 for students grades 1-12, $10 for adults
(1 complimentary adult ticket per 10 student tickets purchased)

For those groups who want to experience the atmosphere of Tryon Palace but not go on a guided tour, the Gardens and Galleries tour is an ideal option. Discover the history of coastal North Carolina in the Regional History Museum and the Pepsi Family Center, where you'll step back into 1835 and explore an interactive virtual village. And just across the street, explore our fourteen acres of magnificent colonial revival gardens. Does not include Governor's Palace or any other historic buildings.

Governor's Pass (All Ages)

Available: Year-round
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours
Price: $4 for students grades 1-12, $12 for adults
(1 complimentary adult ticket per 10 student tickets purchased)

Experience guided tours of the Governor's Palace and the Kitchen Office, where a costumed interpreter brings the past to life by demonstrating 18th century cooking techniques. Explore the intricate and elaborate Palace gardens, and if time permits, take a tour through our historic homes. The Governor's Pass does not include galleries and exhibits in the North Carolina History Center.

* Because of a change in North Carolina’s tax laws--N.C. General Statute § 105-164.4(a)(10)--beginning Jan. 1, 2015, Tryon Palace will begin charging sales tax on admissions, programs, and special events. The tax applied consists of the current state sales tax of 4.75 percent and the current Craven County tax of 2 percent. 

The Day of Your Visit

Allow your group plenty of travel time. Late arrivals may not be able to see everything normally included in the tour. Bring your confirmation materials with you, as they will include your check-in location. Remember, different tours have different check-in locations. This is where you’ll obtain passes and begin your tour.

Amenities

Tryon Place has a Museum Store in the North Carolina History Center with items for adults and children, and a café in the North Carolina History Center. Box lunches and “grab bags” are available upon request; however, there is limited indoor eating space for tour groups. Beverage vending machines are also located on the historic site.

Site Guidelines

  • Tours may begin with an informative orientation video. Large groups are typically split into smaller groups of 25 people or less.
  • Many of the objects at Tryon Palace are several hundred years old and must be treated with great care. To help preserve them for future use, we ask that you please do not touch any artifacts or sit on the furniture.
  • Our gardens are an important part of our collection. We ask that students be supervised to ensure that plantings are not damaged during the tours.
  • Food, drinks, gum, and backpacks are not allowed in the exhibition buildings; please make arrangements to leave them on the bus.
  • Please turn off your cell phone during guided tours.
  • Teachers and chaperones must remain with school groups at all times during the visit.