Spring in the gardens at Cliveden

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Cliveden's gardens are going through their annual bedding change-over but there are still many estate highlights for you to enjoy.

Things to do at Cliveden this spring

Misrepresented? part of the National Trust's 'Women and Power' programme

Cliveden, a property with a proud history of powerful females, want to celebrate women and all that they have achieved. Through the year we’re looking at four influential women who called Cliveden their home, they're 'Cliveden's Women'. We'll be comparing different accounts of them from their contemporaries, the press and the history books. How did people of their time view them? What legacy have they left behind, and how do we see them now with the benefit of hindsight? Have they been portrayed fairly, or have they – like so many other women - been misrepresented?





The National Trust and Blain|Southern present Lynn Chadwick at Cliveden

An exhibition of sculptures by the internationally renowned British artist, Lynn Chadwick CBE (1914-2003) has been installed in the Grade I listed grounds of Cliveden estate. The artist’s iconic bronze and steel sculptures are sited over twelve locations throughout Cliveden’s gardens, engaging viewers and inviting them to reconsider the landscape and vistas. 

Guided House Tours

Book onto one of our guided tours to discover more about the fabulous Cliveden House. These tours allow you to see some of the rooms that were once home to Nancy and Waldorf Astor. Available on Monday's, Tuesday's and Thursday's until October, from 11am to 1pm (last tour starting at 12.30pm). To attend a tour, a timed-ticket must be obtained from the information centre or booked on 01628 605069. Tickets are free for National Trust members, for non-members tickets cost £2 for an adult and £1 for a child. 

Skippered cruises, rowing boats and motor boats

Cliveden Reach is renowned as one of the prettiest spots on the Thames. We have a selection of boating options that are the perfect way to spend a few hours down by the river on your choice if vessel. 

Later on in the month...

  • The Rose Garden has started blooming. Jen, the Rose Garden's caretaker, reckons the garden will be in full bloom from mid-June, but that's not to stop you from coming along now and seeing it from the start to see this beautiful, secluded space evolve.

  • From June 13, follow an audio guide through Cliveden's Grade 1 listed gardens as part of 'A Room of One's Own': an audio experience telling stories of Cliveden's misrepresented women. Their lives are brought to life in four audio plays written by four of the UK’s finest playwrights - April De Angelis, Sabrina Mahfouz, Zodwa Nyoni and Alexandra Wood. You'll hear the voices of actors Nancy Carroll as Elizabeth Villiers, Vivienne Gibbs as Princess Augusta, Victoria Hamilton as Harriet, Duchess of Sutherland and Linda Broughton as Nancy Astor. Walk in their footsteps as they reclaim their reputations.

    The installation is part of the National Trust’s 2018 programme Women and Power series and can be enjoyed from 13 June until November 2018.

Cliveden Parterre

A Room of One's Own

Cliveden and internationally renowned theatre company Paines Plough, present an outdoor audio piece immersed in Cliveden’s formal gardens.