Explore even further into the house at Clandon Park in 2017
Sharing our progress since the fire has been really important to us. We worked hard to open the Saloon in 2016 via a walkway which gave visitors a unique view of the incredible structure, the fire damage and the areas which had survived. This year we’ve been able to go further and have extended the walkway into the house, including the room most associated with Clandon, the spectacular Marble Hall.
From now until 29 October you can follow this extended walkway yourself. Space on the walkway is limited so entry is by timed ticket, available for £6 for adults, £3 for children (under 5s free) and £15 for families (2 adults, 2 children). Entry is, of course, free of charge for National Trust members. To access the house please book a timed ticket on arrival at Visitor Reception, tickets will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
If you’d like to enjoy an outdoor visit to Clandon without viewing the house you can also visit the beautiful gardens. New for this year, look out for a pictorial trail which will guide you through the garden, using historic images to whisk you back in time.
Viewing the house at close quarters
Standing inside the Marble Hall emphasises both the loss and survival. Look left and you can see from the roof through to the basement where very little has survived apart from scars where the oak stairs once carried visitors to the first floor. Look to the right though, and the picture is a very different one. Here the fire-fighters held back the flames and so statues of Venus and the Discus thrower still look down on us and the dented, but preserved, marble floor. In the State Bedroom, wallpaper and paneling still hangs on the walls and fine 18th century Italian plasterwork encircles the room.
It’s this tale of two halves: of total loss to remarkable survivals that makes the restoration and renewal at Clandon so challenging and which we want to share with you.
" It’s this tale of two halves: of total loss to remarkable survivals that makes the restoration and renewal at Clandon so challenging and which we want to share with you."
The walkway has been extended to give access to areas of the house unseen since the fire, where you’ll discover close-up views of the incredible structure. Although all is quiet in the house at the moment, essential work is going on behind the scenes to prepare for the restoration and rebuilding of the house.
Planning your visit
Amenities are still limited following the fire, but temporary toilets (one accessible) are a welcome addition to our site. Refreshments are also now available from our catering unit, including hot and cold drinks and light snacks. You’ll also be able to picnic in the garden. Please dress for the weather, sensible footwear is recommended, hard hats and high-vis jackets will be provided and must be worn at all times whilst on the walkway. This experience is not suitable for children under two years of age.
The garden is partly accessible, with limited access for pushchairs and wheelchairs due to the lack of hard paths. Unfortunately the walkway into the house is not accessible to wheelchairs and assistance dogs only are welcome.
Clandon will be open from 10am until 5pm each day, from Wednesday to Sunday. We’ll be admitting visitors in groups of 20, every 45 minutes. There are eight time slots each day, the first slot of the day is at 10.15am and the last at 4pm.