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Splendid 18th-century English interiors in an idyllic country setting
In the 1750s at his family seat in Buckinghamshire, Sir Ralph Verney set out to create a country house of extraordinary grandeur that would dazzle his wealthy neighbours and outdo his political rivals. Thirty years on he was facing financial ruin.
Today the interiors that remain are among the most ambitious and lavish ever created in the 18th century.
Claydon has been occupied by the Verney family for more than 550 years; the place is a testament to their fascinating fluctuating fortunes, from their close involvement in the English Civil War to the family connection with Florence Nightingale.
Make the most of the long, hot summer days and follow a trail. We've a wedding themed trail starting on Saturday 26 July and running through the whole of the summer holidays until 3 September. In August, we're hosting Wild Wednesdays where you can enjoy ticking things off the 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4. Our fantastic geocaching trail is now up and running and our trackable 'Sir Edmund' is off on his quest.
- Prices start from just £1 per child, per trail. All you need to do is collect your trail sheets from Visitor reception and follow the clues to win a prize. Geocaching is free.
Get involved with 500 years of history
- meet new people
- learn a new skill
- enhance your CV
- support your local property
We have lots of volunteering opportunities available to suit everyone.
Keep checking our website for all the exciting events happening at Claydon this coming year that you could be part of.