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Glorious gardens overlooking the River Thames

Set high above the Thames with far-reaching views, Cliveden’s impressive gardens and majestic woodlands capture the grandeur of a bygone age.

Follow in the footsteps of dukes, earls and royalty as you explore a series of gardens, each with their own special charm. From the formality of the Parterre with its vibrant floral displays to the quirky statuary and topiary in the Long Garden, the gardens will delight you in every season.

For younger visitors, the Storybook Play Den encourages imaginations to run wild as you play amongst wooden carvings of favourite storybook characters whilst the 500 metres of winding paths in the Cliveden Maze make it a challenge for all ages to find the centre.

The formal gardens give way to secluded glades, tree-lined avenues and picturesque riverside with miles of woodland walks to discover.

The house is now a luxury hotel but you can take a peek inside by joining a short guided tour on Thursday or Sunday afternoons from April to October (timed ticket required).

Time for tulips in the Long Garden?

We're watching and waiting for the 21,500 Tulip ‘Avignon’ in the Long Garden to flower. This photo was taken on 22 April and shows two of the four beds filled with colour.

We're expecting the remaining two beds to bloom in the next week and will be posting updates here so you don't miss the display.

Spring colour

Enjoy the scent of Magnolia in the Water Garden from mid April © NTPL/John Millar

Enjoy the scent of Magnolia in the Water Garden from mid April

Spring is here and our gardens are filled with colour again. Highlights include bountiful blossom, a new spring display on the Parterre and a carpet of bluebells in the woodlands.

Spring colour

Discover bluebells in the woodlands from mid April © NTPL/National Trust

Discover bluebells in the woodlands from mid April

Spring is here and our gardens are filled with colour again. Highlights include bountiful blossom, a new spring display on the Parterre and a carpet of bluebells in the woodlands.

Spring colour

This years spring display on the Parterre  © NTPL/National Trust / Meghan Doran

This years spring display on the Parterre

Spring is here and our gardens are filled with colour again. Highlights include bountiful blossom, a new spring display on the Parterre and a carpet of bluebells in the woodlands.

Slide to save the South Terrace

Following great reviews last year, our giant slide is back. 

Look out over our conservation work to save the South Terrace before taking a thrilling ride back down to the Parterre. Open weekends and holidays 1-4.30pm subject to weather conditions. Suggested donation £2.

Looking ahead to summer

We're looking forward to summer and our newly restored Rose Garden blooming for the first time.

We've planted 800 roses in shades of red, orange and yellow following Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe's 1959 design for the garden.  We're expecting the roses to flower from late June until September.

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Get outdoors and have some fun on an outdoor adventure, whatever the weather.

Hunt for bugs, build a den, set up a snail race, go bird watching and more as you complete our list of not-to-be-missed activities. How many of the 50 things can you tick off your list here?

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