A charming, romantic Hudson River landscape

America’s “Founding Father of Literature” created a romantic, picturesque estate nestled along the Hudson riverbank. The enchanted landscape of Washington Irving’s much-loved Sunnyside has been charming guests for generations. Visitors today hear about Washington Irving’s storied past and how he came to be America’s first internationally famous author. His characters, from the Headless Horseman to Rip Van Winkle, are global icons, and Irving’s legacy lives on at his whimsical estate.

August 6-September 12

Open Fridays-Sundays + Labor Day Entry times at 10am, 12pm, and 2
Grounds passes only. The house will not be open at this time.

Advance reservations are required. No tickets will be sold on site. Visitors who are not vaccinated are required to wear masks at all times. Masks are not required for vaccinated visitors while on the grounds, but will be required when entering buildings, such as our shop

Starting September 17, all visits to Washington Irving’s Sunnyside require a Home of the ‘Legend’ ticket purchase.

Adult: $10
Senior (65+): $8
Student (18-25): $8
Child (3-17): $8
Members + Children under 3: FREE

Entry times at 10am, 12pm and 2pm

Grounds passes only. The house will not be open at this time.


GPS address:
3 W Sunnyside Lane, Irvington, NY 10533


Is photography allowed?

Photography and video recording for personal use are permitted on the grounds. No photography of any kind is permitted inside the house. Audio recording of the tours is also not permitted.

Are there group or school tours available?

Group and school tours are unavailable at this time.

Are the tours wheelchair accessible?

Visitor Center and Site Access

  • Handicapped parking is available and handicapped restrooms are available in the Visitor Center.
  • The walk from the parking lot to the Visitor Center is approximately 379 feet down a graded wheelchair accessible ramp.
  • The walk from the Visitor Center to the Cottage is approximately 570 feet on a graded decline, much of which is on a wide pebble path. From the courtyard of the Cottage back to the Visitor’s Center is approximately 380 feet on a graded incline.

Historic Core and Irving’s Cottage

  • The grounds and the first floor of the Cottage are wheelchair accessible.
  • There is a narrow, steep flight of stairs (12-15 steps) to the second floor of the house and another steep and winding flight of stairs from the second floor to the kitchen.

Are there nearby dining options?

There are many excellent options in the area. Find a restaurant now.

Is Sunnyside available for location shoots?

Commercial shoots are rarely permitted. We will consider requests from well-funded productions that would have minimal impact on our visitors, staff, and historic sites. Filming inside our historic homes is never permitted.

We cannot accommodate student or independent films.

For more information, contact Karen Clark at kclark@hudsonvalley.org.

Are service dogs permitted?

Yes, service dogs are welcome.