History, mystery, intrigue and scandal of Cliveden

This section of the page features an image gallery, so if you're using a screen reader you may wish to jump to the main content.

To find out more about the history, mystery, intrigue and scandal surrounding Cliveden why not take a guided tour of the house?

Our guided tours

The whole of Cliveden House is leased as a luxury country house hotel. As part of the arrangement, we operate guided tours through part of the house on Thursday and Sunday afternoons from 3pm to 5.30pm between April and October.

These 25-minute tours operate on a timed-ticket system. National Trust members as well as non-members need to pick up a ticket from the information centre in the main car park on arrival (£1.50 for adult non-members and 75p for children). 

Soak up the atmosphere of this former celebrity hangout

Our guides bring to life the indulgent history of the estate from 1666, when the first property was built by the Duke of Buckingham, through to the Astor dynasty of the 1900s.  

Explore the ground floor west wing corridor before entering the exquisite oak panelled Great Hall and sumptuous French Dining Room, where Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, Amy Johnson and a host of other celebrities enjoyed Nancy Astor's hospitality during the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

Cliveden is, of course, where John Profumo and Christine Keeler first met.  This chance encounter ignited a controversy that challenged the 1960s establishment and had major ramifications for British political history.

Book your tickets

Tickets for tours go like hot cakes, so be sure to pick yours up when you arrive. Want to beat the queues or bring a group?  To avoid disappointment book your tour by contacting the Cliveden Estate Office or calling us on 01628 605069.

Please note that as the house is a hotel, internal photography is not permitted during your tour.