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Splendid 18th-century English interiors in an idyllic country setting

In the 1750s at his family seat in Buckinghamshire, 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.

Claydon stars in Far From the Madding Crowd

Transformed for filming in 2014, Claydon's hitting the big screen on 1 May in Far From the Madding Crowd. Two dresses worn by Carey Mulligan during the Christmas party are now on display in the house.

Celebrating Florence Nightingale's birthday

A young Florence Nightingale

A young Florence Nightingale

Come and join us in May when we celebrate our most famous resident, Miss Florence Nightingale. We start the month with our Florence birthday weekend on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 May, followed by a Victorian themed children's trail from 23 May.

All events are from 11am until 4pm.

50 Things to do

Calling all young adventurers, come along and try out our 50 Things to do before you reach 11 ¾. We have everything from watching the red kites swooping over the lake, to building dens and bug houses or how about taking a barefoot walk across the meadow?

Adventure trails at Claydon

Come and visit us this season, we have a whole host of trails for everyone to enjoy.

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