You can’t visit New Bern, NC without stopping at the Tryon Palace. It’s the jewel of our city, encompassing the Governor’s Palace, labyrinthine gardens, historic homes, North Carolina History Center, and a stunning lunch spot on the New Bern Waterfront.
The site is so vast that it can be difficult getting started on your venture. We suggest starting out at the Orientation Center in the North Carolina History Center. From there, you can explore one of the seven historic buildings, do a gallery walk through Tryon’s three galleries, or trek through (at least part of) the fourteen acres of gardens.
The Governor’s Palace and historic houses have guided tours, however be sure to check the schedule for tours of the historic homes, as they don’t all run consistently during the year. All areas are almost always open for exploration on your own, but the John Wright Stanly House and the George W. Dixon House only run tours at specific intervals.
Most visitors suggest leaving at least a half day available to see everything. If you’d like to lunch on the waterfront at Lawson’s Landing, add a little extra time. You wouldn’t want to miss a slice of their fresh baked pie with a handcrafted latte.
The Pepsi Family Center offers interactive activities for all ages with tour guides and actors in 19th century dress and manner. Check the Tryon Palace website to see what activities will coincide with your visit.
And always feel free to ask your host at Hanna House Bed & Breakfast for recommendations for discovering the Tryon Palace. We’re happy to help!