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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.

Half-term Hallowe'en fun

Trick or treat?

Trick or treat?

Do you dare visit Claydon at half-term?

With a family trail that introduces you to the spooky residents of Claydon and torch lit tours led by a ghost of Claydon's past, you'll need to keep your wits about you as you don't know who or what might go bump in the night...

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Seasonal Highlights

Autumn walks

Take in the changing colours © John Hartland

Experience Claydon as the leaves begin to change and the sunlight becomes softer with a wander around the estate and lakes.

A quieter visit

A carved ho-ho bird in the North Hall. © John Hartland

We know that many people enjoy a quieter visit, with more time to speak with the room guides and really delve into the history of Claydon. Weekends tend to be our busiest times so for a more peaceful day out, try visiting us on a Monday or Tuesday

Barbara Shaw - Artist in Residence

Detail of the grand staircase at Claydon House © Philip Warner

Barbara Shaw, a textile artist, is our artist in residence this year. Head up to the Paper Room to see Barbara's gorgeous works commissioned especially for Claydon.

What to pack - sun hats or wellies?