Come learn about the history of early Carmel. Tour the beautiful interior of Tor House. Climb Hawk Tower, reminiscent of ancient Irish stone towers. Hear the poetry of Robinson Jeffers that defines the Central Coast. Learn about the life and times of the Jeffers family. Stroll through an English cottage garden rich in color, texture and fragrance. Experience the atmosphere that inspired some of America's finest poetry. Step back in time and follow the romance of Carmel's poet. You’ll be delighted you did.
Docent-led tours of Tor House, Hawk Tower and the old-world gardens are conducted hourly every Friday and Saturday. Each tour is limited to a maximum of six people. The tours start in the Docent Office next to the garage. Tours last about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
The grounds are closed to the public Sunday through Thursday, but you can take photographs from the street.
Call the Tor House office (831) 624-1813 to inquire about special group tours during the week. Please contact us at least 30 days in advance.
To speak with a docent on the day of your tour, call (831) 624-1813. Please note that docents are in and out of the office and may not be available to take your call. You are most likely to reach someone from half past the hour to the top of the hour. Voicemails are not answered until Monday.
$12 adults / $7 full-time students. Generally appropriate for children 10 years and older. Sensible shoes and layered clothing are recommended.
Photography is not allowed on the tours. Cameras are only allowed in Tor House during the Foundation's Garden Party held annually on the first Sunday in May.