In the 1750s, Sir Ralph Verney set out to create a country house of extraordinary grandeur to dazzle his wealthy neighbours and outdo his political rivals. Thirty years on and he was facing financial ruin. Today the interiors that remain are among the most ambitious and lavish ever created in the 18th century.
Step back in time
Step back in time inside the house. Marvel at portraits, chat to knowledgable guides or just simply enjoy the beautiful interiors.
Bring along a blanket and picnic on the West Terrace or enjoy the sunshine as you wander around the lakes. Watch the cows munching in the fields, count the ducks on the lake or play games on the terrace. Whatever you choose to do, the whole family can enjoy a fun day out exploring the great outdoors.
Gardens and church
Explore Claydon’s gardens (not NT) and travel back in time. Discover beautiful herbaceous borders, attractive pools, an extensive walled garden and an unusual historic glass house.
Visit the Florence Nightingale centenary garden and enjoy stunning views over Claydon’s parkland from Queen Victoria’s walk.
All Saints Church (not NT) is an intriguing 13th century church located directly beside the 18th century mansion of Claydon House.
Get invovled with family trails around the house. Pop into visitor reception to collect yours.
On the quiet
If you want to enjoy a quieter visit, visit us on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Bring a picnic or just take a relaxing tour of the house.
50 Things to do before you're 11¾
Come along and tick off lots of things on your list at Claydon. Follow the trails, search for bugs inside or out, take a walk down by the lake or build a den in the trees. Plus there's lots of room to run and play.
Children can dress up in period costumes in the Garland Chamber or try Florence Nightingale's bed for size amongst other things. There's always time to play games on the terrace or take a walk around the lake.
Admire amazing views on the West Terrace from where you can take a stroll down to the lake. Stop for a picnic or perhaps bring a flask of warming soup and enjoy the stunning vista whatever the weather.
Accessible toilet and baby changing facilities are availble during your visit to Claydon. Borrow a hip or sling baby carrier, available on request at the front door of the house.