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.
Sunnyside is now open for the 2020 season! While the cottage remains closed, visitors can sign up for time slots to enjoy the picturesque landscape surrounding Irving’s home. Time slots are 2 hours in length with limited capacity to ensure the safety and enjoyment of our visitors. By purchasing a ticket, visitors agree to follow our COVID Courtesy Code, which includes wearing a mask and maintaining at least six feet of social distance. For more information, read our Historic Sites Visiting Guidelines and COVID Courtesy Code.
The visitor center will be open for restroom use only with a capacity of 1 person/party at a time. The gift shop remains closed at this time. No food or beverages will be available for purchase on site.
While visiting Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, guests are welcome to walk the grounds (download a map here), enjoy food and non-alcoholic beverages at picnics, and bring kites to fly along the scenic Hudson. Interpreters in 19th-century dress will be available to share information about the house and grounds. You can also listen to a brief audio tour, available here.
Members-only weekend July 31-August 2
August 7-September 13
Fri-Sun: 10am, 12pm, 2
Advance reservations required. No tickets will be sold on site.
Senior (65+): $8
Student (18-25): $8
Child (3-17): $8
Members + Children under 3: FREE
The cottage is currently closed for tours. Grounds passes are available at the following times:
Fri-Sun: 10:00, 12:00, 2:00
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are service dogs permitted?
Yes, service dogs are welcome.