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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).

Family fun for the summer holidays

With almost 500 metres of paths, the maze is harder than it looks © Clare Kendall

With almost 500 metres of paths, the maze is harder than it looks

Come and play at ours this summer... pick up your free trail from the Information Centre, stop by the storybook themed play area, see if you can solve the giant maze or venture into the wilds of the woodlands and try out the play trail.

Family fun for the summer holidays

Every garden is a potential adventure for little ones © NTPL/Rob Stothard

Every garden is a potential adventure for little ones

Come and play at ours this summer... pick up your free trail from the Information Centre, stop by the storybook themed play area, see if you can solve the giant maze or venture into the wilds of the woodlands and try out the play trail.

Family fun for the summer holidays

Why not have a go at building a den in the woods?  © NTPL/John Millar

Why not have a go at building a den in the woods?

Come and play at ours this summer... pick up your free trail from the Information Centre, stop by the storybook themed play area, see if you can solve the giant maze or venture into the wilds of the woodlands and try out the play trail.

Outdoor theatre - Twelfth Night

Saturday 5 September, 7pm

Pack a picnic and join us in the Water Garden for a special performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

The Lord Chamberlain's Men return to present this tale of romance and mistaken identity.

Tickets are available online until 4pm on the day of the performance and then on the door from 6pm.

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Make the most of the great outdoors this summer.

Go hunting for bugs, build a den, climb a tree, try bird watching and much more as you complete our list of not to be missed activities.

Pick up your free 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ scrapbook from the Information Centre when you visit and join in the fun.

Summer in the garden

Foxgloves and Salvia are abundant on the Parterre this summer © National Trust / Polly Ingham-Watts

Foxgloves and Salvia are abundant on the Parterre this summer

Our Rose Garden is even more spectacular this year. The scent of hundreds of roses fills the air whilst the colourful blooms draw you into this secluded space.

For more summer colour, stroll through the Long Garden where purple and cream Salvia Vista are framed by the elegant topiary and statues. Or head to the Parterre where petunias, begonias, marigolds and more are creating a multi-coloured display.

Summer in the garden

Ten thousand purple and cream Salvia Vista fill the Long Garden © National Trust / Polly Ingham-Watts

Ten thousand purple and cream Salvia Vista fill the Long Garden

Our Rose Garden is even more spectacular this year. The scent of hundreds of roses fills the air whilst the colourful blooms draw you into this secluded space.

For more summer colour, stroll through the Long Garden where purple and cream Salvia Vista are framed by the elegant topiary and statues. Or head to the Parterre where petunias, begonias, marigolds and more are creating a multi-coloured display.

Summer in the garden

Over 900 roses will bloom through to mid-September © National Trust / Andrew Butler

Over 900 roses will bloom through to mid-September

Our Rose Garden is even more spectacular this year. The scent of hundreds of roses fills the air whilst the colourful blooms draw you into this secluded space.

For more summer colour, stroll through the Long Garden where purple and cream Salvia Vista are framed by the elegant topiary and statues. Or head to the Parterre where petunias, begonias, marigolds and more are creating a multi-coloured display.

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