Busy days at Cliveden


Cliveden is a 350 year old estate, originally designed and built for just one family; George Villiers, the 2nd Duke of Buckingham. The site is now the most visited National Trust garden property and welcomers over half a million visitors every year.

Parking on the paddocks

Being a Grade-I listed site means space is a preimum. Car parking spaces are limited and, when the weather allows it, we use the paddocks fields down by the main gate to welcome you. If you're hard of walking we can call you a shuttle bus to come pick you up and drive to up to the top. Please have your membership cards ready and show them to the staff as you pass through the hut. 

Top tip: buddy up with friends if you’re travelling by car and arrive early in the day to avoid disappointment - we open from 10am.  

Expect Queues

On busy days we can expect to welcome up to 4,000 people to Cliveden. We try our best to welcome, serve and celebrate your visit with you, but please be patient if things take a bit longer then usual - we're very busy! 

Top tip: pack a picnic and bring it to site. Don't waste the precious sunlight hours stood in a long queue. Instead, think ahead and bring along a hamper filled with your favourite goodies from home. We’ve got plenty of places to lay out the blanket and find a spot, far from the madding crowd.

Think 'green'

As a conservation charity we care about keeping our special places looking their very best. On busy days litter bins around the site can fill up faster than we can empty them. 

Top tip: bring a bin bag with you and put your rubbish in as you go. You're helping Cliveden stay clean and tidy and we appreciate it enormously. 

Be Adventurous

Cliveden extends far beyond the house and formal gardens. If you’re feeling active, explore the acres of woodlands and stumble upon hidden woodland gems, such as the Duke of Sutherland statue or the giant Sequoia ring. Perhaps you'll find some of the less beaten paths which lead you down to the riverfront (comfortable walking shoes required!)

Stay Updated

Before you begin your journey, check our website homepage for live updates or call the edtate office on 01628 605069. If we reach full capacity and close the estate, we'll do our best to let you know as soon as possible.

Visitor safety is our priority. We're here to ensure that you leave with only happy memories, so please tell our staff if you require assistance or if you see anything that concerns you.