Explore the house at Clandon Park
In 2019, until early November, you can visit Clandon Park and see for yourself the extraordinary brickwork bones of this grand Palladian mansion which survived a devastating fire. Visiting now presents a unique opportunity to see Clandon in its post-fire state, before access becomes more limited.
Since 2015, each year we’ve progressively opened more of the house to share as much of the building with you as possible. In 2019, you can continue to follow two purpose-built walkways into the ground floor and the basement, and explore the garden that surrounds the house.
What you can see in 2019
In the basement spaces you can explore the less damaged north end of the building, including the vaulted brickwork ceilings of the Marble Hall Undercroft. Discover a display charting some of the design challenges we’re considering and collection objects rescued from the house in the months after the fire. Follow the corridor south and you’ll be able to view the full extent of the damage, with astonishing vertical views from stone floor to scaffolding roof.
On the ground floor the story is similar. Stand inside the Marble Hall or Saloon and you’ll immediately understand the stories of both loss and survival, contrasting tales that make the restoration and renewal of Clandon Park so challenging.
Outdoors, in the small 4 acre garden look out for a pictorial trail using historic images to whisk you back in time. Showcasing the house and garden through the years, these images demonstrate the changes made by the generations who shaped this place. Bring a picnic and take a pause in the formal Dutch Garden, or sit under one of the big old trees that line the front lawn.
Kids’ imaginations will run wild at Clandon. Budding architects can look all the way up to the top of the house to see the floating fireplaces left by the fire and follow the walkways to see different rooms. Downstairs in the basement, they can have a go at building their own grand house with colourful building blocks.
After you’ve discovered the house, the garden is full of nooks and crannies for hide and seek. There’s even a trim trail nestled in the trees, with balance beams and agility challenges. Little ones can hop, skip and jump in the butterfly filled meadow, and there are plenty of places for picnics. There’s garden games to play on the lawn and ice creams waiting to help you cool down after croquet. You’ll see waterlilies unfurling in the Dutch Garden and if you look carefully you might even spot a peacock parading on the lawn…
Planning your visit
Clandon Park is open from now until Sunday 3 November, space on the walkways is limited but you don’t need to book in advance. Entry is available at £8.40 for adults, £4.20 for children (under 5s free), £21 for families (2 adults, 2 children) and free of charge for National Trust members. Clandon will be open from 10am until 5pm each day, from Wednesday to Sunday with first entry to the house at 10.15am and last entry at 4.30pm. This experience is not suitable for children under two years of age.
We recommend allowing around 90 minutes for a visit to the house so that you’re able to spend roughly 45 minutes on each walkway. You’re very welcome to wander through the gardens for as long as you choose, before or after your visit.
Clandon Park is easily accessible by car, around five minutes from the A3 junction signposted for Ripley and Send. Please use postcode GU4 7RQ for SatNav. Clandon Station (CLA) is situated in the village of West Clandon approximately ten minutes’ walk from Clandon Park. For detailed directions please see the ‘How to get here’ section on our homepage. Ample parking can be found on your right immediately as you enter the Clandon Park driveway; you’ll find our Visitor reception building at the edge of the car park.
Amenities are still limited following the fire, but temporary toilets (one accessible) are available at Visitor Reception. Limited refreshments are available; you’re also very welcome to picnic in the garden. Please dress for the weather, with sensible footwear particularly recommended. Hard hats and high-vis jackets will be provided and must be worn at all times whilst on the walkways.