Fort Tyron Tour
Tour of Fort Tryon Park & The Cloisters
Washington Heights is home to the highest natural point on Manhattan Island, the site of the disastrous loss of Fort Washington in the fall of 1776, virtual castles erected at the turn of the 20th century by Gilded Age notables and now, one of the most beautiful parks in the city.
On this tour of Fort Tyron, we’ll visit Revolutionary War sites, discuss the development of the surrounding area and then visit Fort Tryon Park. The area now comprising the park once consisted of five “country” estates. One estate was owned by a prominent figure of the Gilded Age, C. K .G. Billings, who attained notoriety for his excesses. We’ll contrast the self-indulgent Billings with John D. Rockefeller Jr., the man who purchased the land and paid to develop it and the Cloisters Museum into a jewel for the public. We’ll see the remnants of the Billings estate, enjoy magnificent views of the Hudson, stroll through the Heather Garden and end near the Cloisters museum, should you wish to visit it.
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- Start at the highest natural point in Manhattan and learn the history of the area.
- Learn about Margaret Corbin and her role, on this site, during the American Revolution.
- Take in the magnificent views and understand how this area was ideal for luxury estates.
- Visit the Billings Arcade and see the remnants of his opulent estate.
- Visit the largest accessible public garden in New York City and experience Fort Tryon Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.
- Learn about John D. Rockefeller, Jr.’s role in developing the park and the Cloisters Museum.
Great tour with stunning views of the Hudson River.James T.
Alan was very nice guide and I am glad we joined his tour!Rachel D.
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Know Before You Go
Where To Meet
The group will meet at the entrance of Bennet Park on Fort Washington Avenue. This is directly across the street from the exit of the A train (181st Station - exiting via the front of the train to 183rd/184th St. and taking the elevator up).
It starts at the 190th St Subway station (A train), and ends outside of the Cloisters at the north end of the park. The tour includes steps and several hills. Guests have the option of heading to the Cloisters after the tour, or continuing on through the park to the diverse neighborhood of Inwood, where the tour guide can suggest places to eat.
How To Get There
By subway: A to 181st. Please consult with the MTA for weekend subway schedules and routing changes.
What To Bring/Wear
Comfortable walking shoes. Please dress appropriately for the weather, as the whole tour is outdoors.
Frequently Asked Questions
How strenuous is the tour? How much walking will we do?
This tour is easy and most people can participate.
Is there an age limit or recommendation?
No age limitation.
Who will guide our tour?
One of our licensed NYC Tour guide.
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