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 6 April until 29 October you can follow this extended walkway yourself. Entry is by pre-booked timed ticket only, available for £5 for adults, £2.50 for children (under 5s free) and £12.50 for families (2 adults, 2 children). Entry is, of course, free of charge for National Trust members. Booking is essential and can be done online or by calling 0344 249 1895.
If you’d like to enjoy an outdoor visit to Clandon without viewing the house you’ll be able to visit the beautiful gardens without needing to book. 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.
Stand inside the Marble Hall
Standing inside the Marble Hall brings to the fore 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 will be extended and we're hoping 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, there is much essential work going on behind the scenes to prepare for the restoration and rebuilding of this significant 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. Assistance dogs only are welcome.
Clandon will be open from 10am until 5pm each day, from Thursday to Sunday. We’ll be admitting ticket holders in groups of 20, every 45 minutes. The first slot of the day is at 10.15am and the last at 4pm.
Tickets are now available for the first part of this year’s offer, up to and including Sunday 20 August. You can book tickets online below, or call 0344 249 1895. Tickets for the rest of the year, through until Sunday 29 October, will be made available for purchase soon.