Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Walking Tours
Whether you are a history buff, love sculpture, interesting cemetery symbolism, or just want to enjoy the pretty scenery, a visit to historic Sleepy Hollow Cemetery’s 90-acre grounds is a treat. Make the most of your time here by taking one of our guided tours to unlock some of the secrets behind the stones!
Thank you so much for your support during these challenging and unprecedented times. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Historic Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All tour proceeds go directly towards preservation and restoration of the grounds. Donations to the Historic Fund are always welcome.
COVID-19 POLICY: In accordance with New York State and CDC guidance, masks are optional.
Advance tickets are required. Tickets can be scanned off your mobile phone if you are unable to print them out.
The Original Knickerbocker: Washington Irving & “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”
Meet the father of the American short story on this one-hour tour! Learn all about Washington Irving, his impact on American Literature and the enduring appeal of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", which recently celebrated its Bicentennial. Best of all, you'll find out why Irving is called the Original Knickerbocker!
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. through August. Fall dates will be posted later in the summer.
Evening Lantern Tour
Soak up the history of this famous cemetery by the light of kerosene lanterns! It’s like stepping back in time as we visit some of the most impressive residents, including William Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, John Dustin Archbold and others resting in peace in the north end. As this is only a one-hour tour, you’ll need to visit during the day to see Washington Irving’s grave.
Dates: Saturday nights through August. Start time varies depending on sunset. Fall dates will be added later in the summer.
Please note that if only 1 ticket shows as available during the purchase process that is the only (i.e., last) ticket available.
Murder & Mayhem
Dates for this tour will be posted soon.
All groups must be accompanied by Sleepy Hollow Cemetery staff. Only Cemetery staff members are permitted to conduct tours here. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about scheduling your group and what fees apply. External organizations and parties are expressly prohibited from using the Cemetery for personal profit or private activities not authorized in advance by the Cemetery. It is not possible for groups to wander the grounds on their own. Unauthorized groups on the property will be asked to leave immediately.
Please note that the cemetery is private property, owned by its lot owners, and funerals occur most days of the week.
On your own
Walk or drive our 90 acre grounds during visiting hours, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily. Entrance is free to individual members of the public. All groups must be accompanied by cemetery staff.
Please note that tour buses and other large vehicles are not permitted without advance arrangements; access fees apply for all groups.
Commercial photography and/or video filming of any sort is only permitted with prior authorization of the Cemetery superintendent and site fees apply.
- Our full-color, 17” x 20” map is an indispensable guide to more than 50 special features of the cemetery. Purchase at the cemetery office during business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4 pm, closed major holidays) or at the Bella's Boutique at 35 North Broadway, Tarrytown. Purchase now through https://www.headlesshorsemangifts.com.
- We offer free legal-sized maps of our 90 acres—perfect for a short, self-guided tour to 8 major figures in the cemetery. Pick up a copy at the cemetery office.