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Palladian mansion with grand marble hall, porcelain collection and unique Maori meeting house

Clandon Park is one of the country’s most complete examples of a Palladian mansion. Built by a Venetian architect for Lord Onslow in the 1720s, the estate has been passed down through generations of this famous family.

Magnificent interiors are faithful to the period, featuring original stucco ceilings and marble fireplaces, the most impressive of which are in the awe-inspiring Marble Hall.

Left to us in 1956, the house was refurbished under the guidance of interior design legend John Fowler. Today the house contains a superb collection of 18th-century furniture, porcelain and textiles, much of which was acquired by the remarkable connoisseur Hannah Gubbay.

While the wider parkland is still in the hands of the Onslow family, you can still see seven acres of gardens that surround the house. These are home to a small parterre garden, the walled Dutch Garden and Hinemihi, a Maori meeting house brought back from New Zealand in 1892.

What's on

Join us every Monday throughout the school summer holidays for children's arts & crafts activities on our Making Mondays. Visit our events page for all the details of everything happening this summer including pony rides and archery on selected dates.

Mondays in August

On Mondays during August, due to volunteer shortages, some areas of the house may be accessible by guided tour only. The garden, restaurant, shop and museum will be open as usual. Call us before travelling for up to the minute info.

The First World War

During the First World War our house was used as a military hospital. Over 5000 patients were treated from the Belgian, French and British armies. To discover the full story, visit us in 2014. We’re commemorating the anniversary of the war with events and exhibitions.

Outdoor adventures

Our list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ will set you on your way to an outdoor adventure. Are you up for the challenge? Take a look at the 12 excellent activities available here, then head to the 50 things website to sign up and keep track of your progress.

Rainy day?

Come Rain or Shine

Don’t worry if it’s raining, there’s lots to do here whatever the weather. You can stroll through the house and enjoy our ceramics collection, settle down for lunch in the restaurant or, if you’re feeling brave, get your wellies on and visit Hinemihi, our Maori meeting house.

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