Making the most of your visit to the battlefield
Reserve a Licensed Battlefield Guide, take a bus tour, or tour on your own using a CD or field guide book from the Museum Bookstore. Whether a first-time or returning visitor, each Park Ranger program and tour with Licensed Battlefield Guide is always unique, as different rangers and guides offer different perspectives on the battle.
The National Park Service recommends visitors set aside a minimum of 4 hours to tour the battlefield. There is no fee to enter the park, Soldiers’ National Cemetery or park buildings.
Park hours are strictly enforced. The park is open daily from:
6:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.
April 1 through October 31
6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
November 1 through March 31
The Gettysburg National Cemetery
Opens at dawn and closes at sunset
Located throughout the park are open for visitors during regular park hours. These stations are closed for the winter from mid-November (after Remembrance Day events) through March.
Gettysburg National Park and Program Information
Advice, maps, walking tours, and program schedules are available at the NPS Information Desk in the Visitor Center.
Additional information about the battlefield and related programs to help you in planning your visit can be found on these National Park Service and Gettysburg Foundation web pages.
At Gettysburg, monuments to both Union and Confederate troops are visible on the battlefield. Gettysburg National Military Park preserves one of the world’s largest collections of outdoor sculptures. Close to 1,400 statues, sculptures, markers and tablets stand where men fought — memorials to the sacrifices at Gettysburg.
The history of Gettysburg stretches farther back than 1863. Scottish, Irish and German immigrants started developing the area between 1736 and 1760. In 1786, James Getty purchased a 116-acre piece of land from his father and began designing a town that included 120 lots around a town square, known today as Lincoln’s Square.