Historic Tours

photo courtesy of Nicole Leigh Photography

Tours of Cairnwood Estate reveal the personal history of this grand Beaux Arts country house, inspired by European traditions and architecture. John Pitcairn, a Scottish immigrant and cofounder of Pittsburgh Plate Glass, lived here with his family from its construction in 1895 until his death in 1916. Tour participants encounter the private side of the family integral to the founding of the Bryn Athyn community, the Cathedral and Bryn Athyn College. Guided tours include the garden house, the main house, the servant’s wing, and the carriage house, featuring a number of restored horse-drawn carriages and sleighs used by the Pitcairn family. Guests will view our award-winning video, visit the gift shop and explore the gardens.


Cairnwood is open for guided historic tours twice daily, Tuesday – Sunday at 10 am & 11 am. Duration: 1 1/2 hours. Reservations recommended.  Availability limited.

  • For reservations phone: 215.947.2004 ex 33
  • Group tours are at 10 am, reservations required
  • Adults: $10; Students: $6; Seniors: $8.
  • The estate is closed on Mondays

To see more in the Bryn Athyn Historic District:

Tour packages including the Romanesque and Gothic-style Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Glencairn Museum are available by request. Visit www.brynathynhistoricdistrict.org