READ HOUSE & GARDENS is committed to exceptional customer service and ensuring that every guest has a safe, comfortable, and pleasant visit. While we strive to offer as many options as possible to make your visit comfortable, our historic structure does have its limitations.
Please review the points below prior to visiting. If you have any further questions or would like to request specific accommodations, please feel welcome to reach out to us at [email protected] or (302) 322-8411.
Summer 2021 visitors will experience the Read House through Open-Air tours. Open-Air tours meet on The Strand in front of the building. The sidewalk does not have a ramp in the immediate area around the Read House, though the curb does dip. There is parking on 2nd St, along the Read House garden wall, that includes a ramp to the sidewalk. Guests will then pass through the garden (bricked and relatively even) to reach the Front Gate. If you need any assistance finding parking, or navigating to the front entrance, please call or email the Read House & Gardens.
After the introduction, tour groups will be brought in through the Front Door (8 steps) or through the back entrance (accessible via ramp) to see the house. Please let the tour leader know upon arrival which method is preferred.
Following the indoor portion of the tour (approximately 15 minutes), the group will explore the town. The paths in New Castle are brick and most sidewalks include ramps. Your tour leader is happy to direct the tour along the most navigable paths and is ready to assist you in any way you might need. Additionally, a live audio app is available to help you more comfortably hear your guide from a distance, if needed. Please see Fees and Hours or ask your tour leader for more information regarding the live audio app.
The group entrance to the Read House & Gardens is in the basement of the historic structure. Your group will be asked to take 12 steps down. If anyone in your group is unable to do so please call in advance, so that we can help you access our ground-floor back entrance.
The first floor of the Read House is accessible and comprises the majority of the guided tour. Access to the second-floor rooms on the guided tour and self-guided exhibits requires guests to climb one flight of stairs (approximately 22 steps).
Please note: There is no elevator. However, the house does have two different staircases: one with a steeper incline and another with a gentler incline. Guests are welcome to use either and should alert the interpreter if one is strongly preferred. For those who cannot climb stairs, we provide modified ways to experience the house and exhibits from the first floor.