Spring in the gardens at Cliveden
Cliveden's gardens are beginning to bloom into spring, and we have some exciting ways to spot nature around the estate this season.
The formal gardens and wider estate
Every spring the gardens at Cliveden are a delight to behold, and this is year is no exception. The six-acre Parterre bursts at the seams with 21,000 spring bedding plants, filling the 16 central triangular beds. In the Long Garden, 11,000 pretty pink and white Bellis bellissima create a carpet of colour inside the box hedging, whilst topiary, statuary and herbaceous borders line the outside of this unique and unusual garden.
In the oriental inspired Water Garden, you’ll find the dusky pinks of flowering blossom and creamy-white magnolias forming picture perfect reflections in the lakes below. From May there’ll be 2,000 pale blue Camassia leichtlinii in bloom, adding more glamour to this already gorgeous garden.
Take a walk beyond the Grade I listed gardens at Cliveden and you’ll find yourself surrounded in a woodland escarpment. As you wander through these magnificent ancient woodlands this spring, a beautiful bluebell bounty will slowly begin to appear. You can go on a self-guided walk with Cliveden’s Bluebell Walk leaflet, taking you on a journey of Cowslips, Snowy Wood Anemones and Dog Violets. These walks have been specially designed by the ranger team in the hope of conserving Cliveden’s delicate English bluebells, prone to damage due to their delicate nature. Leaflets can be collected from the Information Centre and are free of charge, usual admission the estate applies.
Whilst at Cliveden, why not try some other fun spring activities on site?
Dawn Chorus Walk
This event will show you spring at its best. Our popular dawn chorus walk is back and ready to show you the early morning wonders of Cliveden estate. Be led by an expert ranger and learn the secrets of the birdsong. Enjoy a well-earned cooked breakfast in the Orangery café after. Attendance costs £25 (inclusive of admission and breakfast). Booking is essential, please call the property team on 01628 605069 for more details. Tickets cannot be purchased 48 hours before the event due to catering requirements.
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.
Guidede 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.