Cliveden - National Trust

View of the interior of Octagon Temple at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire.
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Grade I listed garden, extensive woodlands and Italianate mansion. This spectacular estate overlooking the River Thames has a series of gardens, each with its own character, featuring topiary, statuary, water gardens, a formal parterre, Octagon temple, informal vistas, woodland and riverside walks. The present house, the third on the site, was built by Charles Barry for the Duke of Sutherland in 1851. Once the home of Nancy, Lady Astor, it is now let as an hotel and is open only on certain days.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

For details contact


  • National Trust

Additional info

Separate parking for disabled. Drop-off point.
Building: Level entrance. 3 wheelchairs. Ground floor has steps, alternative route available.
WCs: Adapted WC by main car park and restaurant.
Grounds: Map of accessible route. 1 single-seater PMV, 3 multi-seater PMV, booking essential.
Shop: Level entrance. Refreshments: Level entrance. Accessible picnic tables.

Collection details

Architecture, Personalities

Key artists and exhibits

  • Nancy, Lady Astor
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Twelfth Night TLCM

Outdoor Theatre at Cliveden – Twelfth Night

  • 5 September 2015 7-9pm *on now

Outdoor Theatre at Cliveden – Twelfth Night
Sat 5 September, 7pm (open for picnics from 6pm)
Pack a picnic and join us in the Water Garden for this open-air performance. Audiences are invited to a truly Shakespearian experience spending an evening watching the Lord Chamberlain’s Men’s production of Twelfth Night. The story follows identical twins separated by shipwreck, a terrible case of mistaken identity, a cross-dressing heroine and it seems everyone is in search of love. A joyous tale of longing, laughter, mischief and mayhem. Booking essential.

Adult £16.50, child £10 Booking required on 0844 249 1895

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+


£16.50 adult, £10 child


Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Cliveden

  • 12 September 2015

A visit to Cliveden is a wonderful day out for all the family. Relax in the beautiful Grade I listed gardens, wander in the woods or take a boat trip on the River Thames. Find your way to the middle of the Maze. A country retreat on a grand scale, Cliveden's magnificent gardens and breath-taking views have been admired for centuries. Cliveden was once the glittering hub of society
visited by virtually every British Monarch since George I and home to Waldorf and Nancy Astor in the early 20th century. Cliveden was renowned for hosting exclusive parties and political gatherings, and later became infamously associated with the Profumo Affair.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Cliveden - National Trust





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