Explore Shaker Village with your group
Discover Programs for Learners of All Ages
Looking for the quintessential Kentucky tour experience for your group? Shaker Village offers the perfect landmark destination, surrounded by 3,000 acres of rock walls, rolling pastures and historic spaces. From inspiring tours, fresh seed-to-table dining and shopping, to overnight accommodations and outdoor exploration, Shaker Village will tailor your experience to fit your group’s interests. During your stay, entertain your group with a selection of Kentucky-inspired adventures from a simple bonfire and hayride, to bourbon tastings and horseback riding.
Shaker Village offers the perfect landmark destination, surrounded by 3,000 acres of rock walls, rolling pastures and historic spaces. From inspiring tours, fresh seed-to-table dining and shopping, to overnight accommodations and outdoor exploration, Shaker Village will tailor your experience to fit your group’s interests. During your stay, entertain your group with a selection of Kentucky-inspired adventures from a simple bonfire and hayride, to bourbon tastings and horseback riding.
Take a guided or self-guided tour of The Historic Centre to learn all about the Shakers, their daily lives, their work, their values and their worship. Gain insights into their fascinating world by strolling through the many original 19th century structures that line the storied village turnpike.
Listen to a solo music performance of Shaker songs and hymns in the 1820 Meeting House.
Head over to The Farm to learn about sustainable agricultural practices and how we ensure that the resourceful, imaginative spirit of the Shakers remains. Today’s garden provides fresh and organic seasonal produce to The Trustees’ Table—just steps from the garden gate.
Self Guided Tours
Every day is filled with tours, talks, exhibitions, hands-on activities and more throughout The Historic Centre, The Farm and The Preserve. Scheduled experiences change daily based on the seasons and village at work projects.
Self-Guided Tour and Village Admission
$8 per person
Sun – Thurs 10AM to 5PM
Fri + Sat 10AM to 8PM
Pick Your Experience
Bring your group travel company, religious organization or association to Shaker Village for a landmark tour experience. Options are limitless with guided tours, talks, hikes, programs, recreational activities and more throughout The Historic Centre, The Farm and The Preserve. Special rates are available for groups of 15 or more.
Two complimentary admission tickets are extended to groups of 15 or more. Advance group reservations are required to receive special pricing.
Want a more tailored experience? One of our experts will spend time with you and lead you around The Historic Centre, The Farm and The Preserve. Have a certain area of interest? Tell us about it and we will try to accommodate you!
Guided Tour and Village Admission
$10 per person
Sun – Thurs 10AM to 5PM
Fri + Sat 10AM to 8PM
Add-On Group Experiences
Get the full Shaker Village experience with add-on activities! Take a guided or self-guided hike through The Preserve—3,000 amazing acres of countryside, all perfectly framed by miles of hand-laid rock walls. Cruise the scenic Kentucky River Palisades, along a stretch of river with high limestone cliffs and untouched natural beauty, aboard the Dixie Belle Riverboat, a 115-passenger paddlewheeler. Additional group programming includes horseback riding, bonfire and marshmallow roast, bourbon tasting, craft beer tasting, hayrides, picnics, hands-on crafts, candlelight tours and more!
Dixie Belle Riverboat
Enjoy a relaxing ride aboard Shaker Village’s 115-passenger riverboat, through high limestone cliffs and untouched natural beauty. One-hour narrated cruises describe the historical importance of the river to the Shakers and pass under High Bridge, an engineering marvel built in 1877. (available seasonally)
Groups of 15 or more, $8 per person
Daily 2PM + 4PM
The Dixie Belle Riverboat is available for private charter (fees vary). Catering is available only during private charters and requires an additional $100 service fee.
Hayride and Wagon Rides
Jump on board the horse-drawn wagon or take a hay ride around The Historic Centre. (available seasonally)
Group of 15 or more, $5 per person
Experience tours, hands-on crafts, music programs and self-directed exploration for the entire group. Investigate the Centre Family Dwelling and Meeting House to learn Shaker lessons in community, sustainability and ingenuity. Then stretch your legs along the tree-lined turnpike to discover Shaker architecture, natural playscapes and even a Shaker cemetery. Partnering with Central Kentucky Tours, Shaker Village offers guests guided tasting tours to legendary distilleries and popular craft distilleries.
Contact us today to plan your tailored experience!
Prices and availability vary depending on activity.
Extend your Stay
Guest rooms are located inside original 19th century Shaker buildings, and no two are the same. Our 72 guest rooms, suites and private cottages are comfortably appointed with Shaker reproduction furniture, original hardwood floors and spectacular countryside views.
• Tour group rates available for single or double occupancy. Rates vary during special event weekends and for the month of October.
Luggage Handling Fee: $5 per person
• Your guaranteed number of rooms is required one month prior to your arrival. Any room cancellations between one month and two weeks prior to your arrival require 50 percent payment of the first night’s room rates. Any room cancellations less than two weeks prior to your arrival require 100 percent payment of the first night’s room rate. An increase in your block will be based on availability. Should any significant change occur with regard to your room guarantee, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill reserves the right to reassign room locations.
• There is a 10.24 percent tax on each guest room. Please alert our group services office of any changes in your room block. If your entire room block must be canceled, please note last cancellation date on confirmation agreement.
• Rooming list for overnight tours is required no later than 21 days from your scheduled arrival date.
Seed to table dining
Dine on traditional favorites at The Trustees’ Table and seasonal Kentucky dishes prepared with straight-from-the-garden ingredients. Steeped in tradition, our menus celebrate Shaker Village’s roots by featuring dishes made of seasonal ingredients from our garden and local farmers. The menus also offer dishes inspired by the seasons, changing based on the freshest locally available ingredients.
Your menu selection is required 30 days prior to your arrival date. Confirmation of attendance for each meal function is required 48 hours in advance. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday confirmation must be received by noon the preceding Friday. This number will be considered a guarantee and is not subject to reduction. If no guarantee is received, the original number on this confirmation agreement will be your guaranteed number, and you will be charged for that number. An increase in number will be allowed based on availability. You must pre-select your menu and choose one entrée for your entire group.
Shop three unique shops for handmade Shaker reproduction furniture, oval boxes, tightly-sewn brooms and other gifts. We provide shipping for many items and complimentary gift wrap.
Room Cancellation Policy
Cancellation of overnight guest room reservations occurring 30 days or more prior to the event will not be charged a cancellation fee. Any room cancellations occurring between 14 and 29 days prior to the event will be charged a cancellation fee equal to 50 percent of the first night accommodations. Any room cancellations occurring less than 14 days before scheduled arrival will be charged 100 percent of the first night accommodations.
Food and Beverage Policy
A 20 percent service charge and 6 percent Kentucky sales tax is added to the price of all catered food and beverage functions and meals served at The Trustees’ Table. No food or beverage, including alcoholic beverages, may be brought into meeting facilities by individuals or businesses other than Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Kentucky law prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages in public areas of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill property unless such beverages are purchased from Shaker Village in accordance with KRS243.042. “Public areas” include all Shaker Village property outside of an individual’s private Inn room.
*Please alert us to any food allergies or dietary needs when making your reservation. Meals are prepared on shared equipment with milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, wheat, soybean, fish or shellfish.
One payment per group required. Unless prior credit arrangements have been made, payment is expected upon the completion of your trip. Guaranteed numbers for meals in the dining room are required two weeks in advance. For village admission and riverboat excursion tickets, please call to confirm or cancel arrangements at least 48 hours prior to your arrival.
Due to the historic and natural features of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, accessibility to guests with limited mobility can be challenging. In order to provide the best possible experience to all guests, Shaker Village strives to accommodate guests with limited mobility by providing alternative experiences, including several tour programs, demonstrations and exhibits that are accessible to everyone. With advance notice, we will make every effort to respond to special needs.
Shaker Village is a 3,000-acre property, and historic buildings are spread throughout the grounds. The terrain is often rough, and the Village has many uneven limestone sidewalks and gravel paths. All of the restored 19th century buildings have two or more steps, and no elevators are available.
Shaker Village provides color brochures and digital photography free of charge.
From inspiring tours, fresh seed-to-table dining and shopping, to overnight accommodations and outdoor exploration, Shaker Village will tailor your experience to fit your group’s interests. During your stay, entertain your group with a selection of Kentucky-inspired adventures from a simple bonfire and hayride, to bourbon tastings and horseback riding.