Explore the house at Clandon Park in 2018
Sharing our progress since the fire has been really important to us. This year we’re opening the house and garden to the public again, with access available to even more previously unseen spaces. Until the end of October, you’ll be able to return to Clandon Park and see for yourself the extraordinary brickwork bones of this grand Palladian mansion and the small 4 acre garden that surrounds it. Visiting now presents a unique opportunity to see Clandon in its post-fire state, before access becomes more limited.
2015 bought the first post-fire opportunity to return to the gardens. In 2016 we were able to open the house via a walkway into the Saloon which gave visitors a unique view of the incredible structure, the fire damage and the areas which had survived. In 2017 we extended the walkway further, including the room most associated with Clandon, the spectacular Marble Hall. This year you can go further into the house than ever before, with a journey into the basement.
A brand new perspective for 2018
For the first time since the fire, you’ll be able to revisit Clandon’s basement spaces. Entering from the North Courtyard you can take in the condition of the building at its lowest level.
Begin by exploring the less damaged north end of the basement, including the vaulted brickwork ceilings of the Marble Hall Undercroft. This area is now home to a display charting some of the important design challenges and questions we’re considering over the course of the project. Follow the corridor towards the south end and you’ll be able to view the full extent of the damage, with astonishing vertical views from floor to scaffolding roof.
On the ground floor the story is similar. Standing inside the Marble Hall emphasises both the loss and survival. Look left and you can see from the roof through to the basement; look to the right though, and the picture is a very different one. Here, the fire was held back and more of the features integral to the building survive.
We want to continue to share with you these contrasting tales, from total loss to remarkable survival, which make the restoration and renewal at Clandon so challenging.
Outdoors, the small 4 acre garden provides an opportunity to see how the building sits in its environment. Look out for a pictorial trail which will guide you through the garden, using historic images to whisk you back in time. Showcasing the house and garden through the years, these images display parallel points of view allowing you to compare past and present perspectives. You'll see the changes through the years defined by the tastes of the people who made their mark here.
Planning your visit
You can follow both walkways from now until 28 October. Space is limited but you don’t need to book in advance - our staff and volunteers will ensure you get access to the best views inside the building without a crowd. Entry is available at £8 for adults, £4 for children (under 5s free) and £20 for families (2 adults, 2 children). Entry is 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.
Amenities are still limited following the fire, but temporary toilets (one accessible) are available close to Visitor Reception. Limited refreshments are available from our reception building, including hot drinks - you’re also very welcome to picnic in the garden.
Please dress for the weather, Clandon is a small low-lying garden and can become muddy in wet weather; walking boots, wellies or other sensible footwear is strongly recommended. Hard hats and high-vis jackets will be provided and must be worn at all times whilst on the walkways. This experience is not suitable for children under two years of age.
The garden is partly accessible, with limited access for pushchairs and wheelchair users due to the lack of hard paths. The basement walkway is accessible to wheelchair users and can be reached via a staff driven buggy. To find out more please call Visitor Reception (open 10am-5pm, Wednesday-Sunday) in advance of your visit, on 01483 224831. A step free route to the Basement is available for visitors, please ask staff for details.The walkway into the ground floor of the house is not accessible to wheelchair users. Assistance dogs only are welcome on site.