Admission & Operating Schedule

Operating Schedule

Summer Season

June 1 – September 2
Seven Days a Week
10:30 am – 5:00 pm
*The last tour of the day leaves at 4:00 pm

Winter Season
September 3 – May 31
Tuesday thru Sunday
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
*The last tour of the day leaves at 3:00 pm

The Mansion is closed for tours on Mondays.

It is always a good idea to call before your visit as occasionally the museum has to close due to filming, restoration projects, etc.

Auto Baron Tour Admission

The mansion is decorated for the holidays! Be sure to visit our Events Page for Tour times and pricing.  It is always best to book in advance on our events page or by calling 905-433-4311.

  • Adults: $15.00

  • Seniors (55+): $12.00

  • Youth (5-11): $12.00

  • Children 4 and under are free

  • Family Rate (2 adults & 2 seniors or 2 youth): $44

  • Private Spaces Add-On Tour: $5.00 (children under 4 are free)

  • All rates are subject to HST

  • Tickets can be purchased by visiting our Gift Shop.

About Our Tours

Parkwood National Historic Site is pleased to offer several tour options for you to choose from. Led by knowledgeable and friendly guides, you will experience the estate as guests of the McLaughlin Family once did as you wander through luxurious interiors and learn about the nationally significant architecture and original furnishings, artwork and artifacts. You will gain insight into the interesting life and lifestyle of Canadian auto baron R. S. McLaughlin. In addition to these tours, you are welcome to visit the 11 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens at no charge. (Note to guests: Grounds are closed from October 15 – April 30).

The Auto Baron’s Experienceup to 90 minutes (see above for pricing)

For first time visitors, this is the recommended tour that will provide you with an overview of the entertaining spaces (main floor) of the Estate, as well as an introduction to the McLaughlin Family. 

Private Spaces – up to 60 minutes ($5.00 + HST each + Auto Baron Tour Admission) 

This tour of the second floor bedrooms is not available on its own, but rather is an add-on to the Auto Barons Tour Experience. This combined tour will last 2.5 hours.

The Servant’s Experience – 60 minutes ($15.00 + HST each)

Experience daily life at Parkwood through the eyes of the service staff, as you visit the servants kitchen, servery, dining room, head housekeeper’s room and the 3rd floor living quarters.

Click on a date below to book tickets online or call Angie Vehof at 905-433-4311 Ext. 34405.

Parkwood Collects, The Art Collection Tour – 2 hours ($15.00 + HST each)

This tour interprets the impressive art collection on both floors of the mansion.  This tour is only available on Tuesday at 1:30 however advanced reservations must be made by contacting Angie Vehof at 905-433-4311 Ext. 34405 or [email protected] on the Friday prior. 

Basement Tours – 60 minutes ($15.00 + HST each) 

Just like most homes, the basement at Parkwood is used for storage and is used to work on repair projects for the Estate. When the McLaughlin’s were in residence the basement was the industrial hub of the mansion including laundry facilities, the cannery, the boilers, the workings of the elevator, the wine cellar and much more.  The basement tour interprets these areas of the house, along with information that Parkwood has collected over the years through our oral history collection program.  Stairs are required to access the basement areas of the Estate.

This tour is only available for 10 days in August beginning on the McLaughlin Day long weekend. (August Civic holiday in Oshawa).  As one of our most popular tours, this sells out quickly so advanced reservations are suggested.

Click on a date below to book tickets online or call Angie Vehof at 905-433-4311 Ext. 34405.

Group Tours

Looking for somewhere new to take your group. Come visit Parkwood and immerse yourself in one of Canada’s premier estates. Whether you are a school group, a community organization or a bus tour we look forward to hosting you. For more information, group rates, or to make reservations for your group tour, please contact [email protected] or call 905.433.4311. (typically we require three week’s notice)

View our Group Tour Registration and Cancellation Policy Form below:

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Garden Tour – 90 minutes ($15.00 + HST each) 

The Parkwood gardens have references to the great gardens of England and Europe but with a 20th century spirit Much of the landscape design draws inspiration from the English Arts & Crafts gardening movement. This style called for a high degree of formality near the house, dissolving into less formal presentation with distance from the house. A stroll through the grounds provides a reward at every tour. Come explore the Parkwood gardens on this 90 minute guided tour.

Garden Tours are only available on Wednesday mornings, weather permitting.  To book your tour please call Angie Vehof at 905-433-4311 Ext. 34405 or email [email protected]

Garden Tour & Tea – 90 minutes ($20.00 + HST each)

A stroll through the Parkwood grounds provides a reward at every turn. The Parkwood Gardens have references to the great gardens of England and Europe but with a 20th century spirit and much of the landscape design draws inspiration from the English Arts & Crafts gardening movement. Come explore the gardens on this 90 minute guided tour that will conclude with Tea in the Gardener’s Lodge. These tours are only available on Wednesday mornings, weather permitting. To book your tour please call Angie Vehof at 905-433-4311 Ext. 34405 or email [email protected]

The cost for this Tour is $20 +HST

Parkwood Etiquette

In order to ensure that you and all other guests have the best possible experience at Parkwood please take a moment to review our rules and guidelines.

parkwood etiquette information

Hospitality & Accessibility

Now open for the summer season,  the Tea House is situated in the Formal Garden area of the grounds.  Nestled in front of the exquisite fountain, and open on three sides to the outdoors, the Tea House is a lovely place to enjoy lunch, light snacks or afternoon tea.

This season Parkwood is pleased to announce our partnership with Berry Hill Food Company as the new operator for the Tea House restaurant. The Tea House   will operate daily (weather permitting), between the hours of 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., up to and including Labour Day.

Reservation requests must be made directly with Berry Hill by emailing [email protected] or calling at 905-240-9066.

For more information on booking the Tea House  for a special function, rehearsal dinner, bridal or baby shower or anniversary dinner, please contact Suzanne Peat at [email protected].

Summer Hours (weather permitting)
June 1 – Labour Day
Monday – Sunday from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

View the Tea House Menu by clicking the link below:

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view afternoon tea menu

Open year round (see operating hours) Tea at the Gardener’s Lodge is a cozy, intimate space  for you to enjoy scones and homemade seasonal jams, cookies, ice cream sundaes, coffee and flavoured teas.  As the home to the Head Gardener The Lodge takes you back to a time when life was simple and the food was delicious.

Current Hours

The Gardener’s Lodge is open Tues – Friday and Sunday (closed Saturday and Mondays) from 10:30 – 4:00pm

Special Event Bookings

With two beautifully decorated spaces, the Gardener’s Lodge is a perfect place to host a bridal shower, networking event, anniversary dinner or children’s birthday party and can accommodate a total of 23 people (seated). If you are interested in more information please contact [email protected] for pricing and availability.

Your Parkwood experience continues, as you browse a variety of souvenirs and items for the home & garden, many of which have been made by local area artisans. Our selection picks up many of the themes of the McLaughlin’s and their lifestyle, including their appreciation of finery and gracious hospitality. Photo image items depicting the mansion & gardens, are popular reminders of Parkwood’s beauty & history to keep or to pass on.

The Gift Shop is open to the public during our regular tour hours.

Parkwood National Historic Site has designated accessible parking spaces located near the entrance of the Carriage House. Due to the historical nature of period construction, some areas may have limited accessibility.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation awarded Parkwood Estate with a grant in 2011 to assist in improving the accessibility of our grounds and mansion. Improving accessibility was identified by the Board of Directors as a priority so more visitors can enjoy and learn from this unique Canadian museum.

The main floor of the Museum is wheelchair accessible and manual wheelchairs to loan to visitors on a first come, first served basis.

Our gardens have wheelchair accessible limestone paths to link existing garden paths, a level viewing station and canopy near the Rose Garden, an accessible switch-back ramp to the Italian Garden, more benches throughout the grounds beside accessible pathways, automatic door openers at the Gift Shop/Tour Entrance level viewing areas and wheelchair accessible bathrooms.

For our hearing impaired or hard of hearing guests, please ask for a copy of your tour guide’s commentary at the start of your visit.

Parkwood National Historic Site
270 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON  L1G 4T5
Tel 905.433.4311
[email protected]

From Highway 401, exit at Simcoe Street, Oshawa. Travel North approx. 4km on Simcoe Street.  Just past Adelaide you will find the entrance to Parkwood Estate on your left hand side.  There is free parking onsite.

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