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Address: 465 Bacons Castle Trl, Surry, VA 23883-2213
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+1 757-357-5976
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

The Castle provides Guided Tours, Gift Shopping, & Tourist Information...

The Castle provides Guided Tours, Gift Shopping, & Tourist Information on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays between 10 a.M. And 5 p.M. And Sundays between 12 and 5 p.M. Grounds are open 365 days a year between dawn and dusk.

Built in 1665, Bacon's Castle, originally known as the Arthur Allen Brick House, is British North America's oldest brick structure, North America's only surviving example of Jacobean Architecture, and has North America's oldest, preserved 17th-century English Formal Garden. Since 1973, Preservation Virginia restores, preserves, and presents the 40-acre historic site as a museum. The Site has a gift shop, restrooms, tourist information desk, guided house tours, Oldest Tidewater Virginia Barn (early-18th-century), 1850s Smokehouse, 1829/1849 Slave Quarters, and self-guided grounds and garden tours. Preservation Virginia's Bacon's Castle is proud to announce it is a Virginia Green certified Attraction and encourages others to participate in responsible practices. The grounds are accessible 364 days of the year between dawn and dusk.

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Great people - great tour!

We took this tour while staying in Williamsburg across the river. Imagine standing in a building circa 1665. Tremendous history and the tour was excellent. The people could not... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took this tour while staying in Williamsburg across the river. Imagine standing in a building circa 1665. Tremendous history and the tour was excellent. The people could not have been nicer. Would definitely recommend. Probably 90-120 minutes in total including a 45-60 minute tour. Well worth the free ferry trip across the James from Williamsburg.

Thank Booboo123340
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Bacon's Castle is one of only three examples of Jacobean architecture in the Western Hemisphere. It is thoroughly fascinating place to visit and was well worth the trip out from central Surry. We took the ferry over from Jamestown and it really was a quick trip - under 30 minutes from our hotel in Williamsburg. Our tour guide was really... More 

Thank Maggie S
New York City, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Alex. The house has a fascinating history and a visit to this historic site is a fun day outing while visiting Colonial Williamsburg.

Thank jb642015
Temple, Tx
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove over and took the ferry to Surry. We drove out to the Bacon Castle. It was very interesting. I is said to be the first brick house in the USA. It has a building that was the slaves quarters. Just a very interesting place. Everyone need to go just to say they have been.

Thank David K
Glen Allen, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fascinating house made more enjoyable by our tour guide, Ryan. Not only was he knowledgeable but also considerate in that he provided two chairs so that we two "wrinklies" could sit where possible. He was also patient as we laboriously ascended and descended the many stairs. FYI - if you need handicapped parking and entrance, drive past... More 

2 Thank Yogaphile
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Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

The house was very interesting and made even more so by our knowledge guide Ryan. Definitely worth a visit!

Thank Gene B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 585 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

This manor house is out in the middle of nowhere and the first tour doesn't start until 10:45 as they are allowing for people to get there from the ferry. Currently the original part of the house is covered in scaffolding as they are replacing the 35 year old roof. The grounds are small but nice and the garden is... More 

Thank jehenson81
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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Visited 4/15/17. Had an outstanding your guide, highly knowledgeable, well-spoken, and easy-going, believe her name was Alex. Recommend a visit, I learned a ton and the grounds and structure are beautiful.

Thank LisaMarshall23454
Fitzgerald, Georgia
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

Beautiful structure. Open only on weekends - off the beaten path, but worth the drive. It is the oldest surviving brick building in the Historic area - which Wlliamsburg cannot claim.

Thank mdfstephens2017
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped in on the way to Smithfield. The grounds and structures are quite interesting and full of historical information. The staff are very knowledgeable and very courteous. If you are an American history buff, this is a must see place. The Traveling Fireman rates this place 4 flames for coolness factor alone.

2 Thank Demian I

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