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Old Westbury Gardens

71 Old Westbury Rd, Old Westbury, NY 11568-1603
+1 516-333-0048
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Old Westbury Gardens is the former estate of John Shaffer Phipps, heir to a U.S. Steel fortune, his... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
LouisM565
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New York City, New York
Nice summer house

The house was built over 100 years ago to serve as a summer retreat for a family that was... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Q3905EXmichaelt
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New York City, New York
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Old Westbury Gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the former country estate of John S. Phipps and his wife Margarita Grace Phipps. Opened to the public in 1959 with the mission of preserving a part of Long Island’s heritage, Old Westbury Gardens is an extraordinary example of a gracious era. Built in 1906 by the English designer George A. Crawley, Westbury House is a magnificent country house reflecting English architecture of the late 1600s and early 1700s The house is furnished with fine English antiques and decorative arts and remains virtually intact from the more than 50 years of the family’s residence. The estate includes over 70 acres of landscaped formal and informal gardens. An additional 160 acres of fields and woodlands surround the estate.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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71 Old Westbury Rd, Old Westbury, NY 11568-1603
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Old Westbury Gardens is the former estate of John Shaffer Phipps, heir to a U.S. Steel fortune, his wife Margarita Grace Phipps and their family. The grounds are picturesque, filled with beautiful gardens, a lake and a spectacular view of the mansion which sits on...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The house was built over 100 years ago to serve as a summer retreat for a family that was comfortably well off. According to the tour guide, it took only 2 years to construct, which is amazing considering the workmanship and the details. Exquisite details,...More

Thank Q3905EXmichaelt
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The New York metropolitan area is lacking in green space. The jewel on Long Island is a great place to see gardens and nature despite the hubbub of activity in the surrounding area. Plan a couple of hours. There is a mansion too but I...More

Thank McFerrid
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent spot to walk around for 2-3 hours. The main attraction here is the landscaping and gardens. Gorgeous. I visited over Labor Day weekend and many flowers in bloom. And as a casual gardener, I appreciated that each flower/plant had a tasteful sign noting the...More

Thank MTrav
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a beautiful day to stroll the grounds of the Old Westbury Gardens and view the sculptures of Seward Johnson. They were life size very real looking figures place in all different locations in the gardens. Amazing

Thank scronk73
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is a hidden gem if you like history and nature. Beautiful house and the tour was excellent. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, spent more than an hour giving us every details of the rooms, architecture and furniture. Gardens are also wonderful...More

1  Thank RobertZanzerkia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed a sunny Sunday afternoon strolling around this gorgeous property. Ponds, lawns, and formal flower gardens are all beautiful. Even the tree-lined road as you drive in is breathtaking. Seward Johnson sculptures added a fun touch. Highly recommend.

Thank PaminatorJ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Splendid Edwardian mansion and beautiful gardens. The whimsical Seward Johnson sculptures currently scattered throughout the home and grounds bring a light-hearted touch to this grand estate. Children will enjoy romping around the grounds, especially in the play area.

Thank linnymac2015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a place we go to when we want to be outdoors, take a walk and see beautiful gardens and flowers. They often have special presentations such as a musical presentation or an art exhibit. This summer they had an exhibit of Sewell Johnson's...More

Thank B9073TOannm
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had come here for a Scottish festival and had arrived early, so we walked around the grounds before any events started. The mansion sits atop a slight hill that overlooks a wide lawn area. We were impressed by the condition of the grounds and...More

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No they don't except on a special weekend designated for pets.
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Response from Anne F T | Reviewed this property |
Yes there's a $12 general admission fee for the house and gardens.
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