Attractions in the Brandywine Valley
This area is home to world-class attractions. Click on the attraction name for more information and links to their Web sites.
Created by Pierre S. du Pont, one of the premier arboretums was recently voted one of the top 10 gardens in the world. The Gardens encompass 1,050 acres, which includes a four-acre conservatory and fountains that are enjoyable even when the weather is less than friendly. Longwood is open every day of the year from 9 am- 5 pm, and from Memorial Day to Labor Day remains open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings until 10:15 offering a concert and the summer Festival of Fountains. Admission charged and includes most evening festivities. 610-388-1000.
Henry Francis du Pont’s antique collection is shown in his country home, which is one of the few surviving American country estates. It is a world-renowned collection and has a nationally acclaimed research library. . Admission charged; open daily except Monday. 10 am – 5 pm; 302-888-4600.
Hagley is the birthplace of the du Pont company and the first du Pont home in the new world. Eleutherian Mills, built in 1803 by E.I. du Pont, is set among 230 acres of trees and flowering shrubs and overlooks the Brandywine River. Open most days 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Admission fee; 302-658-2400.
Nemours, a 300-acre country estate, built by A. I. du Pont between 1909-1910, contains 102 rooms, and is a fine example of a modified Louis XVI French chateau. Tours take about two hours and are scheduled for 9 & 11 am, 1 & 3 pm, Tuesday through Saturday and 11 am, 1 & 3 pm on Sundays. Reservations are required which your innkeeper can help you with. Open 5/1 – 11/30. Admission charged. 302-651-6912.
View an amazing collection of three generations of the Wyeth family, as well as works by Howard Pyle and other important American illustrators. You can also walk along the banks of the Brandywine River and enjoy the setting while touring the gallery (allow 1.5 hours). From April to November a tour of N.C. Wyeth’s studio and home are an optional extra (allow one hour). Hours of operation are 9:30 am 4:30 pm daily, closed Christmas Day. 610-388 2700.
American Helicopter Museum
This fascinating museum’s growing exhibitions and collections include more than 35 helicopters, autogiros and converti planes, eight of which are fully accessible for hands-on experiences. The Museum is located in West Chester, PA next to QVC.
The Barnes Foundation
The Barnes Foundation was established 1922 by Dr. Albert C. Barnes, to promote advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts. It is the largest private collection of impressionist art. The museum recently moved to its new Philadelphia location (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway -215.640.0171) Allow two hours. Reservations required.
Site of the largest battle fought during the Revolutionary War. Washington’s Headquarters and Lafayette’s Quarters. Site includes a small museum. Can do a driving tour. Allow two or more hours.
Brandywine Valley Wine Trail
Enjoy the beauty of Chester County, Pennsylvania while you tour eight family-operated vineyards and wineries in the Brandywine Valley. Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast has passports available for purchase.
Although not a part of the wine trail, we highly recommend Vala Winery in Avondale, Pennsylvania.
Chadds Ford Historical Society
Located on Rt. 100, the Chadds Ford Historical Society focus is colonial life in 18th Century Chadds Ford; it maintains two historic houses (John Chads House and Barns-Brinton House) and hosts many events.
Chester County Historical Society
225 N. High Street, West Chester, PA 19380-2691 Phone: 610. 692.4800. See web site for directions, hours, exhibits, etc.
Delaware Art Museum
Has the foremost collection of Pre-Raphaelite collection in America; museum temporarily located at the Riverfront Arts Center (800 S. Madison, Wilmington, DE, 302 571-9590) while renovations to its main museum are completed.
Delaware Natural History Museum
Discover the wonders of the natural world through changing exhibits, an interactive discovery room and special events. Exhibit highlights include the largest bird egg collection in the World, a view of extinct and vanishing birds, and a spectacular array of seashells.
Herrs Snack Factory Tour
Truly the yummiest tour in town! See how all your favorite snacks are made. Taste warm, fresh potato chips right of the production line. Free tours take approximately one hour, and reservations are recommended. Herrs is located in Nottingham, PA just off Route 1.
Read House and Gardens
42 The Strand in New Castle, DE. Built in 1801 by the son of one of Delaware’s signers of the Declaration of Independence, the Read House exhibits the height of Federal grandeur.
QVC Studio Tour
Take the QVC Studio Tour to learn more about QVC’s beginnings, successes and growth into a prominent electronic retailer. Tours are available every hour on the hour, 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at QVC Studio Park in West Chester, PA. Reservations are not necessary. Admission charged. Check out the web site for details on being a part of the studio audience for a live broadcast!
West Chester University
The university offers degrees in the arts and sciences, teacher training and certification, advanced study in medicine and law, and continuing education.
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Minor League Baseball in Frawley Stadium on the Riverfront.
The University of Delaware
The University of Delaware offers an impressive collection of educational resources. Undergraduates may choose to major in any one or more of over 100 academic majors. The University’s distinguished faculty includes internationally known scientists, authors and teachers, who are committed to continuing the University of Delaware’s tradition in providing one of the highest quality undergraduate educations available.