Accessibility & Parking

photo courtesy of Bartlette Pair Photography


Parking for Cairnwood Estate is in the lot below the main house by the carriage house. Another parking lot is located below Glencairn Museum. Designated parking spaces are available for visitors with disabilities. Handicapped-accessible parking is restricted to properly tagged vehicles.  Illegally parked cars will be ticketed. The circular driveways in front of Cairnwood may be used for short-term parking only. Vehicles must be moved in a timely manner. Parking is not permitted in front of the Garden House.


As a National Historic Landmark built in 1895, Cairnwood is not a fully handicap accessible estate. Sections of the building are accessible to wheelchair or scooter users and other visitors who need to avoid stairs. A ramp in the front allows entrance into the  1st floor; the back terrace and side garden can be accessed by use of the outside paths. There is a beautifully-appointed first floor bathroom and an elevator to the second floor.

The Visitors Center/Garden house is also accessible by wheelchair or scooter, however the upstairs portion of the estate and the Carriage House are not.  The house does have a small elevator, which makes the upstairs accessible to those with walkers or canes.

The East Wing and Servants Quarters

Because of its landmark status, the 1st and 2nd floors of the eastern wing, including the Dining Room, Billiard Room, and Servants Room, has somewhat limited accessibility for visitors with mobility impairments. For more information, please call 215.947.2004 in advance or ask at the entrance upon arrival.