Autumn around Cliveden

The Thames and wooded hills beyond as seen from Cannings View at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire

Autumn adventure awaits. Explore the Hallowe'en trail in our historic woodlands, see the autumn colours emerge in the Water Garden or peek inside Cliveden House on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour.

Look up to discover emerging signs of autumn in Cliveden’s Water Garden

Have a wonder trough the Water Garden and discover this season’s spirit in the reflection of the newly restored bells on the Chinese Pagoda. This is the season to look up and learn why the Golden Rain Tree was given this particular name or to get a glimpse of this year’s yellow and red of the sweetgum tree. On your way out, take a moment to see the golden yellow Gingko Biloba trees to give you an indication of what autumn colours looked like 200 million years ago.


Autumn colour surrounds the pagoda in the Water Garden at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

The Water Garden at Cliveden

The Water Garden's oriental character was created for Lord Astor adding Koi Carp in the lake and an original Chinese pagoda in the centre of the garden.

Behind the Scenes in the Cliveden House 

‘Cliveden House has always been a hotel’, as famously quipped by Harold Macmillan. So when the National Trust sold the lease to Iconic Luxury Hotels in 2012, not much changed. Guests still come and go, lavish dinners are enjoyed and unforgettable memories are made. And now, for a limited time only, it’s your chance to peek inside this iconic mansion house.

On multiple dates in November, come along for an exclusive guided tour of Cliveden House. Along the way you’ll hear of the secrets and scandals which afflicted the estate throughout Cliveden’s 350 year history. After the tour, enjoy a two-course lunch served in the National Trust Orangery café.

The tour costs £35, which includes admission to the estate and lunch. Limited places remain. Booking is essential, call 0344 2491895. 

Hallowe'en Trail; Woodland Sprites

There are some spooky goings-on this October half-term around Cliveden estate. A Hallowe'en trail has been laid in Cliveden's woodlands, inviting little woodland sprites to explore. A wild-art craft activity waits at the end. The trail is best enjoyed dressed in Hallowe'en costumes, the scarier the better.

These drop-in sessions run daily during half-term, from 11am-2.30pm. Trails cost £3 per child, plus usual admission charges to the estate apply