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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.

Meet the housekeeper tours this September

Claydon House volunteer conservationists

Claydon House volunteer conservationists

Come along and meet the housekeeper this month. This event is a free 'behind the scenes' look at  the conservation work that takes place at Claydon. No need to book in advance, just come along and join the tour at 2pm on Mondays and Sundays throughout September.

While you are here don't miss our wedding exhibition. We are very proud to display a rare 17th century wedding suit, worn by Sir Edmund Verney to his wedding in 1662. The suit has been painstakingly conserved for display this year. It is on display for just two more months so make sure you see it during your visit. 

Get involved with 500 years of history

Find out about our history from one of these characters

You can

  • 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.

Creepy Claydon

We are hosting a week of Creepy Claydon trails and tours over October half-term. Explore Claydon with a trail during the day and wear a warm coat and bring a torch to come and explore Claydon after dark. Will you come across our resident ghosts which are said to include Sir Edmund Verney, the standard bearer and a grey lady?

Colourful characters of Claydon

One of the most important women in British History, Florence Nightingale had a profound impact on the development of modern nursing. After the Crimean War, she spent a good deal of time with her sister here at Claydon. Come and take a look around her bedroom and sitting room.

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