Slide to save the south terrace at Cliveden
Latest update 12.12.2013 14:10
350 years of glory have taken their toll on the south terrace at Cliveden.
This summer we're cleaning and repairing the main staircase that leads from the south terrace to the parterre. Nearly 350 years old, the south terrace is the oldest part of the entire estate and it's in desperate need of attention.
In the pursuit of pleasure
For three centuries the gardens were the playground of Cliveden's owners and their guests; designed purely for pleasure. Today we want to keep that spirit alive so when planning this major project, we couldn't just close off the staircase and shield everything from view... instead we're taking advantage of the scaffolding to create a special experience this summer.
A scaffold with a view
We’ve built a viewing walkway on the top of our scaffolding to give you a bird’s eye view of the work in progress. At 6.5 metres high, you’ll also be able to enjoy the famous view across the parterre to the Thames beyond.
Slide to save the south terrace
As the staircase will be closed we've installed a giant slide to the side of the scaffolding giving you a thrilling alternative way to get back down to the parterre again. Our 17.5m long slide takes just five seconds - far more fun than the stairs.
The slide will be open daily 11am – 3pm until 31 December 2013 (excluding 25 December). Help us by making a donation to the project and you'll be sliding to save the south terrace.
- The slide is 17.5 m long (including a 5.5m run out) and 6.65m high
- 4 people can ride at any one time
- It'll take 5 – 7 seconds to get from top to bottom
- You’ll reach speeds of 6 – 8 miles per hour
- The slide is made of stainless steel and weighs 2200 kilos
To make sure that you stay safe as you slide, please follow our sliding rules