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Notice: Claydon House is open on Good Friday, 11am - 4pm (last entry 4.30pm)

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.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

Solve the clues to win a chocolate prize

Solve the clues to win a chocolate prize

Hunt high and low around the hidden corners of Claydon House on our Cadbury Easter egg trail. Once you've cracked the trail, come and collect your Cadbury chocolate Egghead prize.

  • £2.50 per trail


Get involved with 500 years of history

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Whether you want to meet new people, learn a new skill or simply enhance your CV, we have lots of 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.

Outdoor theatre

We're hosting an outdoor theatre event this summer - Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Check our site soon for more details on how to book for this event or call us on 01296 730349.

Ask an expert

Wednesday 18 June

Do you have objects or antiques at home you have thought about getting valued?  Here's your chance.  Eric Knowles and other specialists will be at Claydon to answer your questions.

Join in the conversation