Group Tours

Call Group Services at 252-639-3524, for more information about Group Tours.

Group tours come to Tryon Palace in all sizes: school 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: $8 for students ages 6-14, $15 for adults
(1 complimentary adult ticket per 10 student tickets purchased)

Discover what it was like in North Carolina more than 250 years by touring Tryon Palace and our historic buildings and interacting with costumed interpreters as they bring early Colonial American history to life. Experience the sound of a Fife and Drum or a musket firing.  Follow this with a visit to the North Carolina History Center's state of the art exhibits and galleries where more of eastern North Carolina's history is revealed. 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 ages 6-14, $10 for adults
(1 complimentary adult ticket per 10 student tickets purchased)

For those groups who want to experience Tryon Palace and its gardens and grounds, but not take a guided tour, the Gardens and Galleries Pass is an ideal option. Discover the rich history of coastal North Carolina in the Regional History Museum and step back into 1835 through the Pepsi Family Center's time machine, where you'll explore a village.  And just across the street, explore our 16 acres of magnificent colonial gardens. Pass does not include Governor's Palace or any other historic buildings.

*Governor's Pass (All Ages)

GOVERNOR'S PASSES - Sorry NOT AVAILABLE due to Covid 19 restrictions.

Available: Year-round
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours
Price: $4 for students ages 6-14, $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 the galleries and exhibits in the North Carolina History Center.

* North Carolina’s tax laws--N.C. General Statute § 105-164.4(a)(10)- Jan. 1, 2015. Tryon Palace must charge 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. Unfortunately late arrivals may not be able to see everything normally included in the tour due to time restrictions. Please bring your confirmation with you, as they will include your check-in location. Different tours have different check-in locations. Where you check-in will be where you will obtain passes and instructions for beginning your tour.

Amenities

Tryon Place has a Museum Store in the North Carolina History Center with items for adults and children.  Beverage vending machines are located on the historic site.

Site Guidelines to remember and share:

  • 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 plan to leave them on the bus.
  • Please turn off your cell phone during guided tours.
  • Teachers and chaperones must remain with their school group students at all times during the visit.