The Graycliff Conservancy offers a variety of different tours, from "just the Basics" to a variety of very special tours. Please see below for details.
Select Tours Below
The most basic tour of the Graycliff Estate, this tour lasts one hour, and is led by a trained docent. It includes building exteriors, first floor of Isabelle R. Martin House, and Graycliff history.
Basic Tours are handicapped accessible. There is extensive walking on Graycliff tours. For those with any difficulty walking, please reserve our covered golf cart at the time of your reservation... you'll want to enjoy the day after visiting Graycliff!
Two Hour Tour Led by Master Docent
Explore areas of the estate not included on Basic tours, including both floors of the Isabelle R. Martin House and first floor of the Foster House. Learn about the evolution of Wright’s plans for Graycliff during its design in the mid 1920s; Wright’s architecture, during the development of his mid-career natural or organic style. For those who seek a more thorough understanding of Graycliff and Wright’s architecture.
There is limited handicapped accessibility for In-Depth Tours. The second floor of the Isabelle R. Martin House has stairs. There is extensive walking on Graycliff tours. For those with any difficulty walking, please reserve our covered golf cart at the time of your reservation... you'll want to enjoy the day after visiting Graycliff!
Students (10 – 22 with I.D.): $25
Three hour tour led by Patrick Mahoney, AIA, Vice President of the Graycliff Conservancy and Wright expert, or other Board member.
Explore all areas of Graycliff, and get a "behind the scenes" view. Learn about Wright’s special design for Graycliff roofs, his solution to fire hazards, his unique approach to gutter and drainage systems, and other aspects of Wright’s design unique to Graycliff.
Discover how Graycliff’s design compares and contrasts with those of other earlier and later Wright designs. This is a tour for the serious architecture, design and/or Wright buff!
This very special tour is offered only twice a month or less often; please check the schedule for dates.
The Graycliff Conservancy is pleased to announce that it will offer an Insiders Tour and Luncheon on the following dates in 2013: Tuesday, May 21, and Wednesdays, June 19, July 17, August 14, September 11and October 9. This special tour and luncheon will be hosted by Reine Hauser, Executive Director of Graycliff from 11:30 to 1:30 pm. The tour will include stories about Frank Lloyd Wright, the Martin family, and insider info about restoration efforts. Following the tour, guests will enjoy a glass of wine & a casual, picnic-style luncheon. Please reserve early; space is available for only a select few.
For all Graycliff tours, please wear clothes suitable for the weather and comfortable walking shoes. Pre-paid reservations are required; please call for reservations at 716/947-9217 or email Graycliff
Admission: $60 general public; $55 Conservancy members. Not appropriate for those under age 21.
Please call for information reservations 716-947-9217
Free for Graycliff Leadership Circle members
Pre-paid advance reservations are mandatory.
The cares of the work-a-day world will drift away as you experience the tranquility of a Summer Twilight at Graycliff.
Frank Lloyd Wright imbued his design of Graycliff with what he called "repose": the simplicity and calm of splendid architecture set amidst verdant acres of grounds on the brim of the lake.
Graycliff’s rich history and architectural splendor, set against the serenity of Lake Erie, can be yours for a summer twilight. Listen to the sounds of the water lapping against the shore, the cool breeze rustling the tall old trees, the birds calling each to each.
Enjoy a leisurely guided tour, and relax with a glass of wine, coupled with a selection of cheeses and summer fruits as the rest of the world fades away into the twilight.
2013 Twilight Tours: Fridays: July 5th, July 12th, July 19th, July 26th, August 2nd, and August 9th. Pre-paid advance reservations are mandatory.
Free for Graycliff Leadership Circle members
Want Graycliff all to yourself? You and your guests (up to 6 people) will experience Wright’s lake-side masterpiece in an intimate and leisurely tour led by a Master Docent. Tour the three buildings and expansive grounds of this historic complex in a small group that will allow ample time for a personalized, one-of-a-kind experience. This is the perfect gift for the Frank Lloyd Wright aficionado who has everything, for that once-in-a-lifetime visit, or to thank someone for something special.
* Basic one-hour tour of the Darwin Martin House and one-hour tour of Graycliff - $26 (value $30)
* In-depth tour (2 hours) of both the Darwin Martin House and Graycliff - $56 (value $60)
* In-depth tour of Darwin Martin House and basic tour of Graycliff - $41 (value $45)
* Basic tour of Darwin Martin House and In-depth tour of Graycliff - $41 (value $45)
Darwin and Isabelle Martin had two homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright: their city home, the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo (1903-05) and the Graycliff Estate, their summer home on Lake Erie in nearby Derby (1926-31). Both are open for tours, although they operate independently. You can save on your admission at both sites when you purchase a combination ticket to the Darwin D. Martin House complex and to the Graycliff Estate. Your purchase can be made at either historic site and has no expiration date - so you can tour both in one day - or save one for a future visit.
Four combination ticket packages available (prices not valid on group tours)
- Basic one-hour tour of the Darwin Martin House and one-hour tour of Graycliff - $26 (value $30)
- In-depth tour (2 hours) of both the Darwin Martin House and Graycliff - $56 (value $60)
- In-depth tour of Darwin Martin House and basic tour of Graycliff - $41 (value $45)
- Basic tour of Darwin Martin House and In-depth tour of Graycliff - $41 (value $45)
Reservations are required at each site separately. The Darwin Martin House is located at 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, a scenic 30-minute drive from Graycliff. Contact Graycliff to make your reservation at 716-947-9217 Graycliff Tour Reservation and the Martin House at 716-856-3858 or Darwin Martin House.
From Buffalo, we recommend taking the Skyway to Route 5, then Old Lakeshore Rd to Graycliff. (This is both shorter and more scenic than the NYS Thruway.) There are plenty of places for lunch along the way, with view of Lake Erie.
Please use Mapquest rather than a GPS system, which often give wrong directions to Graycliff.
Admission: $125 Non-Members; $115 Members of Martin House or Graycliff
Space is limited, pre-purchase of tickets is available from the Darwin Martin House (click on All Wright, All Day tickets below)
8:30 AM - 5:15 PM
Western New York affords visitors the rare opportunity to see a variety of Wright’s residential, recreational, and monumental designs – both historic and newly-constructed.
This all-inclusive tour package begins at historic Forest Lawn, and proceeds by the Forest Lawn trolley to the Martin House Complex (1903-05) for an extended tour. Next stop is a tour of the Fontana Boathouse (2010) on the Black Rock Canal. After a delicious lunch at Acqua., the day continues with an extended tour of the Graycliff Estate (1926-31). The group then returns to Forest Lawn to visit theBlue Sky Mausoleum (2004).
A knowledgeable guide will be on hand to point out architectural treasures along the way, including views of the Walter V. Davidson House (1908) and the William R. Heath House (1904-05), private residences designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
This tour runs all day from 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM and is offered on:
Thursday, August 29, 2013::
:: Friday, September 20, 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013 ::
:: Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, May 23, 2014 ::
:: Sunday, May 31, 2014
Admission: $125 Non-Members; $115 Members of Martin House, Graycliff or Fontana Boathouse. Space is limited, pre-purchase of tickets is available here: All Wright, All Day Tickets
*The tour begins at Forest Lawn, 1411 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209. Enter via the Delaware/Delevan gates and follow the white line and the signs to the chapel, where you will find plenty of space to park. Please arrive by 8:15 a.m., as the trolley will leave promptly at 8:30 a.m.
**Forest Lawn’s trolley is fully enclosed and climate controlled.
Admission: Basic: $36
Includes lunch at the Buffalo Yacht Club
Wright at the Water
Experience excellence in architecture with a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fontana Boathouse, the only boat house ever designed by Wright, plus a basic or in-depth tour of Wright's Graycliff Estate. Your package also includes lunch at the (private) Buffalo Yacht Club, with a view of Buffalo's scenic Black Rock Channel on Lake Erie's shoreline. All three components of this package can be used all on the same day, or if you prefer, on different days as your schedule allows. A great gift for the Wright lover in your life, it will show clearly how Wright loved to use elements of nature in his designs.
Two combination ticket packages are available:
Basic tour of the Graycliff Estate, tour of the Fontana Boathouse, and lunch at the Buffalo Yacht Club - $36
In-Depth tour of the Graycliff Estate, tour of the Fontana Boathouse, and lunch at the Buffalo Yacht Club - $51
Reservations are required at all three venues; please make them at each location. For more information and to purchase tickets, call Graycliff at 716-947-9217. or e-mail Graycliff@verizon.net
The perfect way to experience the holidays, tranquilly amidst the holiday rush, with your friends and family. Enjoy the lovely holiday decor at the Graycliff Estate, and then after your tour, a cup of free hit mulled cider. Offered only from December 26-30, these are are--of course--weather permitting. Reservations are required; both Basic and In-Depth Tours are available.
We welcome your social group, church group or even a large family outing for a tour of Graycliff.
We also welcome tours organized by professional private tour operators.
School groups are welcome at Graycliff, too, for ages 10 and up.
Please contact Shannon at 716-947-9217 or email her about group tours for more information.