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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).

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

Join us for a Cadbury Easter Egg trail this Easter weekend © Cadbury

Join us for a Cadbury Easter Egg trail this Easter weekend

Friday 3 - Monday 6 April, 11am - 4pm

Become an 'eggsplorer' this bank holiday weekend as you discover the spring-time gardens on our special trail.

Children will need to keep a look out for paper rabbits hiding among the shrubbery, count giant eggs hanging from the trees and solve the Easter riddle before enjoying a delicious Cadbury Egghead prize at the end. Children £3 plus usual admission. 

Wild Wednesdays

Take a close up look at nature with our Wild Wednesdays © John Miller

Take a close up look at nature with our Wild Wednesdays

Our Wild Wednesdays offer the perfect excuse to head outdoors and shake off the winter blues. There are three sessions this Easter:

  • Wednesday 1 April - Plant it, grow it, eat it
  • Wednesday 8 April - Become a nature detective
  • Wednesday 15 April - 50 things extravaganza

Drop in from 11am until 2.30pm. £2 per child plus usual admission.

School holiday fun

Let imaginations run wild in our Storybook Play Den © NTPL/Megan Taylor

Let imaginations run wild in our Storybook Play Den

During the school holidays our colour-filled spring gardens are complemented by lots of activities designed especially with little ones in mind. 

Pick up your free spring trail from the Information Centre, stop by the storybook themed play area, see if you can solve the giant Cliveden maze or venture into the wilds of the woodlands and try out the play trail.

Seek out perfectly formed primroses in a shady spot © National Trust / Hannah Purcell

Seek out perfectly formed primroses in a shady spot

A golden display of daffodils on Stable Bank © National Trust / Clare Kendall

A golden display of daffodils on Stable Bank

30,000 plants and bulbs fill the Parterre in spring © National Trust / Meghan Doran

30,000 plants and bulbs fill the Parterre in spring

Signs of spring

Our gardens springing into life again.

Look out for crocuses, primroses and hellebores dotted around the gardens and take a wander past Stable Bank where drifts of daffodils are beginning to bloom.  

Come-mid April, the striking bedding display on the Parterre and thousands of anemones in the Long Garden are expected to be in full bloom.

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