We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Bacon's Castle

465 Bacons Castle Trl, Surry, VA 23883-2213
+1 757-357-5976
Review Highlights
Interesting, large, historical, brick building

Six of us took the free Jamestown-Scotland ferry, bought a $12/senior combo ticket for a guided... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fostoria, Ohio

Interesting place; tour was enjoyable. Contact ahead of time for hours, tho, as they were not as... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Albany, Ny
Read all 282 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
The Castle provides Guided Tours, Gift Shopping, & Tourist Information on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays between 10 a.M. And 5 p.M. And Sundays between 12 and 5 p.M. Grounds are open 365 days a year between dawn and dusk. Built in 1665, Bacon's Castle, originally known as the Arthur Allen Brick House, is British North America's oldest brick structure, North America's only surviving example of Jacobean Architecture, and has North America's oldest, preserved 17th-century English Formal Garden. Since 1973, Preservation Virginia restores, preserves, and presents the 40-acre historic site as a museum. The Site has a gift shop, restrooms, tourist information desk, guided house tours, Oldest Tidewater Virginia Barn (early-18th-century), 1850s Smokehouse, 1829/1849 Slave Quarters, and self-guided grounds and garden tours. Preservation Virginia's Bacon's Castle is proud to announce it is a Virginia Green certified Attraction and encourages others to participate in responsible practices. The grounds are accessible 364 days of the year between dawn and dusk.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
465 Bacons Castle Trl, Surry, VA 23883-2213
+1 757-357-5976
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (282)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 281 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Six of us took the free Jamestown-Scotland ferry, bought a $12/senior combo ticket for a guided tour of both Smith's Fort Plantation and Bacon's Castle. The oldest brick dwelling in VA built in 1665 is Bacon’s Castle. We arrived at 3:45 so while waiting for...More

Thank friendgetaway
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting place; tour was enjoyable. Contact ahead of time for hours, tho, as they were not as advertised.

Thank mac4747
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are visiting Williamsburg, Jamestown, etc., I highly recommend a trip to Bacon's Castle. How many times do you get to visit a house in this country more than 350 years old?! We took the ferry from Williamsburg. The ferry itself is a fun...More

Thank Rob B
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

My husband and I visited on Labor Day. The house and the history is pretty amazing. It is the oldest brick house in the english-speaking Americas. Just amazing.

Thank Robin C
Reviewed 20 August 2017

If you are visiting Williamsburg and looking for something off the beaten path, I highly recommend an excursion to Bacon's Castle across the ferry in Surry. The home has a fascinating history, and the extensive tour covers the entire span of that history. I hope...More

Thank Penny0316
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Great tour provided as part of the entrance cost which is $10 for an adult. As well as the history of the family there is also some further insight into the conflicts of the late 18th Century in which this house played an important part....More

1  Thank Ray P
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

I went to Bacons Castle with my husband and 2 kids (ages 3 and 5). The best part of the tour was our tour guide, Alex! She did an excellent job of keeping the tour interesting for adults and entertaining for the kids. My 5...More

Thank kswan808
Reviewed 9 August 2017

On our visit to nearby Smith's Fort Plantation, we purchased the $12 senior block tickets which included entrance to Bacon's Castle. The Castle being the oldest brick dwelling in North America is quite interesting with many rooms to visit. The guided tour was very good...More

Thank VW49
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Stumbled on this place by accident. If you stop by Smith's Fort Plantation like we did, they offer a combination ticket for $14 that includes a guided tour of the two. Good little history lesson, as the staff are knowledgeable and passionate about the properties....More

Thank vanitynicole
Reviewed 5 July 2017

Didn't get to go in, but looked very interesting. Loved Surry Island. Want to go back, and spend more time.

Thank sgartner46
Nearby Restaurants
The Surry Seafood Company
137 reviews
10.65 km away
Edwards Virginia Smokehouse
26 reviews
10.86 km away
Anna's Pizza & Italian Restaurant
48 reviews
10.32 km away
Gabriel Archer Tavern
214 reviews
13.76 km away
Nearby Attractions
Historic Jamestowne
4,341 reviews
12.17 km away
Jamestown-Scotland Ferry
131 reviews
13.79 km away
Colonial Parkway
544 reviews
15.40 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
7 January 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Bacon's C | Property representative |
Thanks for your interest in Bacon's Castle. As you noted, sometimes an old building does have issues with dampness. Because our house is heated and air conditioned,it is not too much of a problem on the main floors, but some... More
Roxann M
3 July 2016|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Anna G | Reviewed this property |
No there was a fee. You could just walk around the outside but you do need to pay for the inside tour.
17 March 2016|
Response from DWReynoldsJr |
Note that during the summer months both "Bacon's Castle" and Smith's Fort Plantation are open from 10 AM to 5 PM on Mondays and Fridays, as well as Saturdays. On Sundays both of these Preservation Virginia sites are open... More