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Kelmscott Manor is a grade 1 listed Tudor farmhouse adjacent to the River Thames, dating from about 1600 and situated on the edge of the village of Kelmscott, near Lechlade.
William Morris (designer, writer and socialist) chose it as his summer home, signing a joint lease with Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1871. Morris loved the house as a work of true craftsmanship, unspoilt, unaltered, and in harmony with the village and the surrounding countryside.
Visitors can enjoy much the same atmosphere now, around the house, barns, garden and stream. The house contains a collection of the possessions and works of Morris, his family and associates including furniture, textiles, pictures and ceramics. The site has a shop and licensed restaurant.
Kelmscott Manor is owned and managed by the Society of Antiquaries of London.
Historic house or home, Museum
General Open Days (April to October): Wednesday and Saturday, 11.00am to 5.00pm
Family ticket: £26 (£29 with Gift Aid*)
Adults: £9 (£10 with Gift Aid*)
Full-time students: £4.50 (£5 with Gift Aid*)
Children (5-16): £4.50 (£5 with Gift Aid*)
Children (0-4): FREE
Accompanying carers: FREE
Garden-only ticket: £2.50
Car park is approx. 10 minutes' walk from the manor; drop-off point at Manor gates; blue badge parking on site. Wheelchair access to gardens, shop, restaurant and ground floor of the manor. There is an adapted toilet. A wheelchair is available. 'Access album' available for reference by visitors unable to gain access to upper floors.
The house contains an outstanding collection of the possessions and work of William Morris, his family and associates, including furniture, original textiles, carpets, books, paintings and ceramics. The house and other buildings reflect the site's historic use as a farm. A permanent exhibition illustrates the Morris family association with the Manor and village.
Please note that Dante Gabriel Rossetti's 'The Blue Silk Dress' is on loan from Kelmscott Manor to the Musee D'Orsay in Paris, returning early June 2011.
Agriculture, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Personalities
Key artists and exhibits
- William Morris. Jane Morris. May Morris. Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Philip Webb. Edward Burne Jones. W. A. S. Benson.