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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.

Come play at ours this summer

50 things to do

50 things to do

Get involved with the '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4' at Claydon.

Join in with organised events every Monday in August or pick up a scrapbook and see how many you can complete with your family. 

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Seasonal Highlights

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 and see her demonstrating her fabulous craft at weekends during August.

A quieter visit

A carved ho-ho bird in the North Hall. © Philip Warner

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

Second-hand bookshop sale

Browse through the second-hand bookshop and find yourself a treasure © National Trust, Castle Ward

Pick up a bargain at our second-hand bookshop sale from Saturday 29 - Monday 31 August. Check out the events page for more details 

What to pack - sun hats or wellies?