Things to see & do

The house

The house © Anthony Parkinson

The house

Spend some time in one of the country’s most complete examples of a Palladian mansion. It was built to impress and entertain guests, replacing the Tudor house bought by Sir Richard Onslow in 1641.

Since then the estate has been passed down through generations of the Onslow family.

Opulent interiors

Opulent interiors © NTPL/Anthony Parkinson

Opulent interiors

The highlights of our stunning interiors include rooms featuring richly coloured and well preserved 18th-century furniture and wallpapers. The Marble Hall is one of the most dramatic entrance halls in England, the ideal jaw-dropping introduction for important guests of the 2nd Lord Onslow and his wife.

Ceramics collections

Ceramics at Clandon © NTPL/James Duffy

Ceramics at Clandon

Experience our wonderful ceramics collections. The largest of these is the connoisseur Mrs Gubbay’s collection. We are also delighted to display two collections of Commedia dell’Arte figures on loan to us, the Lady Swaythling Collection in the Blue China Room and the Ivo Forde Collection in the Gallery.


Hinemihi: A Maori meeting house © NTPL/Matt Batchelor

Hinemihi: A Maori meeting house

Hinemihi is the only historic Maori meeting house in the UK and one of only a handful outside of New Zealand. The meeting house bears the name of a female tribal ancestor and so is often referred to as 'she'.

Carved in 1880/81 she was bought to Clandon by the 4th Earl of Onslow.

The garden

The garden © NTPL/Matt Batchelor

The garden

These intimate seven acres feature something for everyone. There is a formal parterre in keeping with the house whilst the springtime daffodils on the lawn provide a spectacular landscape.

Our beautiful Dutch Garden was created between 1897 and 1902 by Frances Countess of Onslow.

The museum

Visit the Surrey Infantry Museum © NTPL/James Duffy

Visit the Surrey Infantry Museum

Trace the story of The Queen's Royal Regiment and The East Surrey Regiment through three and a half centuries of history in our remarkable museum.

Located in the undercroft, entry to the museum is free.

What's on

Join us this spring for a new season of events. There are daffodils in the meadow, arts & crafts for Mother's day and pony rides in the garden.

Visit us over Easter weekend for our Cadbury Easter Egg Trail. You can find all the information on our events page.


Take some time to enjoy our beautiful garden. You can visit the formal parterre, the sunken Dutch garden or follow a family garden trail.

If the weather's fine why not bring a picnic or get competitive with garden games on the lawn.

Planning your visit

 © Jo MacDonald

If you'd like to plan your visit in advance why not download our welcome leaflet.

It features a map of the grounds and has all the phone numbers and information you'll need at your fingertips.

Planning your visit

 © Jo MacDonald

Can't wait to get in the house? You can download our house guide and sneak a peek at what you'll see on your visit.

There's a floor plan and a guide to lead you through each room.

The First World War

Visit the Operating Theatre, new for 2014

Visit the Operating Theatre, new for 2014

During the First World War our house was used as a military hospital. Experience this unique period of Clandon's history by visiting our operating theatre.

50 things

We’ve put together a list of 50 of the best outdoor activities you can do before you’re 11¾. Up for the challenge? Drop in to see us and start ticking things off your list.

Take a look at the 10 awesome activities available for you to do here, then head to the 50 things website to sign up.


Take a look at our collections website and discover the national inventory of collections at all our places.

Choose from fine art and furnishings in grand show rooms to many rarely seen items from behind closed doors.

Take a two-minute tour

Watch a two-minute video for a quick tour around Clandon Park's house and garden.