Read House & Gardens

42 The Strand, New Castle, DE 19720
(302) 322-8411

Overlooking the Delaware River in Historic New Castle, the 14,000-square-foot Read House is preserved as a National Historic Landmark and a beacon of design inspiration.

It was completed in 1804 for George Read II, son of one of Delaware’s signers of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, with 2.5 acres of historic grounds developed between 1848 and the 1930s. Between 1920 and 1975, Philip and Lydia Laird’s colonial-revival vision for the Read House & Gardens became known across America through dozens of magazines from Town & Country to Mademoiselle. Visitors today find their own meaning in the space through indoor and outdoor tours, artistic collaborations, social events in the gardens, and a variety of programming.

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Saturdays and Sundays
| 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Join us for a guided walk departing Saturdays and Sundays from the Read House steps. Tours begin with a look inside a few of our most iconic rooms and continue with an easy stroll along the town’s storied cobblestone streets. You’ll discover how the Read House and its inhabitants over the years were at the center of tastemaking, preservation, and the famously historic vibes of the New Castle we see today.


Dawn until Dusk

The gardens are open year-round for you to enjoy at your own pace, free of charge.

Please Note:  There are no restrooms available on-site at this time


Check our calendar for upcoming events!

Adults (over 18): $8
Members: FREE
Seniors (65+)/Military: $7
Children/Students/Teachers: FREE
Members:  FREE

& Hours

Private &
Group Tours

Field Trips