Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

A World Heritage Site, Monticello boasts a striking list of attributes including historic house, former plantation, museum, research institute, presidential library and private, non-profit organization. Meaning “Little Mountain” in Italian, Monticello serves as the pinnacle of Thomas Jefferson’s noble character, reputation, and intellect. A man who spoke and wrote seven different languages, Jefferson unsurprisingly chose this original name for his cherished and cultured residence. Nestled on the Carters Mountain Range, Jefferson’s creation signifies the combined beauty of the Charlottesville landscape and unique European architecture. Thus, Jefferson’s residence became the center of his world.

A National Historic Landmark, Monticello illustrates its regal status as the only American home designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. This architectural wonder symbolizes Jefferson’s fascination with enlightenment ideals and its assimilation with the natural surroundings. Additionally, Monticello is the only U.S. presiden­tial and private home on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Thomas Jefferson paired his visual creativity and neo-classical architectural components at Monticello with his design of the University of Virginia. Both the Academic Village at the University and Monticello serve as vibrant displays of Virginia history. It is no wonder that the view of the University of Virginia from Monticello is so awe-inspiring.

Come visit this astounding display of Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States, philosopher, scientist, historian, and author of the Declaration of the Independence. Jefferson’s home immortalizes his beloved legacy as a pioneer of the self-government and individual freedom we know today. Truly a unique experience, Monticello is a must-see attraction when visiting the Charlottesville area.

Location & Hours

931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Monticello is open every day of the year, including Sundays, except Christmas.

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Phone: (434) 249-7528 or (434) 872-1490




How much does touring Monticello cost?

Tickets are available for purchase onsite at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.


Day Pass and Walk-Through House Tour

On select days during Memorial Day Weekend, June 3 & 4, July 4th Weekend, September 9 and Columbus Day Weekend
Adults: March – October- $28
Children (ages 5 – 11): Year round- $9
Children under 5: Year round- Free

Day Pass and House Tour

Daily, year-round
Adults: March – October- $28
Children (ages 5 – 11): Year round- $9
Children under 5: Year round- Free

Family Friendly Tour and Day Pass

April 3 – 23; June 10 – September 4; select weekends in October and December. 26-30
Adults: March – October- $28
Children (ages 5 – 11): Year round- $9
Children under 5: Year round- Free

Behind the Scenes House Tour and Day Pass

Per Person: $60

Hemings Family Tour

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February through November
Per Person: $30

Harvest Tasting Tour

Every Saturday and Sunday, May 27 through October 29, 2017 (Except July 8 & 9)
2:00 pm
Per Person: $15
*Requires a regular Monticello Day Pass

Evening Behind the Scenes Tours

Most Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from May 24 through September 1
Access to gardens and grounds 1 to 8 pm; first House Tour begins at 5:30.
Per Person: $60

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Parking at Monticello

Visitor parking is free. There are spaces for buses, RVs, and trailers. Handicapped parking spaces are located near the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center and Carl and Hunter Smith History Center (handicapped license plate or tag required).

Shuttle Buses To and From the House and Mountaintop

After picking up your ticket(s) at the Visitor Center, a 25-passenger shuttle bus will transport you to the mountaintop.  Passengers will be dropped off near Monticello’s East Walk where they can also board to take the shuttle back to the Visitor Center and parking area. On the return trip, the shuttle will stop Jefferson’s gravesite and drop off and pick up passengers as needed.

Hiking Trail

Many visitors enjoy taking the trail the relatively short distance (roughly half a mile) from the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center parking area to the house.  But be sure to pick up your ticket(s) first; a Monticello ticket is required to walk up this trail.


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The Saunders-Monticello Trail

Start your day off by hiking up the two mile scenic Saunders-Monticello Trail or park at the top for close proximity to the visitor center.

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Choose to spend around thirty minutes touring the first floor of Monticello or take additional time for extended tours, like the Slavery at Monticello and Garden and Grounds Tours.

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After the tours, stop by Thomas Jefferson’s tombstone in the Jefferson family cemetery.

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Michie Tavern, located down the mountain from Monticello, provides hearty midday fare especially convenient for famished tourists looking to extend their day in Charlottesville. Learn more on the Charlottesville Guide Attractions Listing

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A convenient pit stop to watch the sunset after a day at Monticello, Carter Mountain reinforces an authentic Central Virginia experience complete with homemade cider, donuts, and ice cream.

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After touring Monticello, come visit the University of Virginia, the site Jefferson coined “the Hobby of [his] old age.”

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