Cliveden's iconic mansion house

Cliveden

Learn more about the history, mystery, intrigue and scandal surrounding Cliveden on a guided tour of the house.

Built in 1666 by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham as a gift to his mistress, Cliveden house has remained a pinnacle of intrigue and glamour for the elite. Enriched with antique furniture and period features, it has stayed true to its roots whilst also providing a luxurious setting to rest, meet and play. 

Take a guided tour of the house

Cliveden house is currently leased as a luxury country house hotel and, to protect the privacy of its guests, the house is not open to the public. However, for limited times of the year the doors of the glamorous ground floor open to visitors on a 30 minute guided tour, run by our volunteers.

On the tour this year you'll learn about how were celebrating the centenery of Nancy Astor becoming the first woman to take a seat in British Parliament, paving the way for future generations of female politicians from all backgrounds. This is part of a wider programme at the property; 'Nancy Astor; vigour, vitality and cheek' programme;

You'll also have a chance to see some of the most intriguing rooms, some of which were enjoyed by the likes of Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin and the Queen Mother. 

House tours dates and times

From 4 March – 31 October 2019                                                                                                          Monday's, Tuesday's and Thursday's, at the following times;

11:00 - 11:30    
11:10 - 11:40    
11:20 - 11:50    
11:30 - 12:00    
11:40 - 12:10    
11:50 - 12:20    
12:00 - 12:30    
12:10 - 12:40    
12:20 - 12:50    
12:30 - 13:00

Accessibility

Unfortunately, Cliveden House is not wheelchair accessible. Visitors with walking frames/sticks/cane seats can access the house at their own discretion.

Book your tickets

To attend a tour you must reserve your space by obtaining a timed-ticket from the information centre. Tickets are free for National Trust members, for non-members tickets cost £2 for an adult and £1 for a child.

To book your ticket ahead of time, e-mail the Cliveden Estate Office with your enquiry or call us on 01628 605069.
 
 

Soak up the atmosphere of this former celebrity hangout

Our guides bring to life the indulgent history of the estate from 1666, when the first property was built by the Duke of Buckingham, through to the Astor dynasty of the 1900s.
 
 
You'll explore rooms where Winston Churchill, George Bernard Shaw, Amy Johnson and a host of other celebrities enjoyed Nancy Astor's hospitality during the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
 
Cliveden is, of course, where John Profumo and Christine Keeler first met. This chance encounter ignited a controversy that challenged the 1960s establishment and had major ramifications for British political history.
 

Please note no internal photography of the House or Chapel is permitted at any time.

The Chapel

The ceiling of the chapel at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

The Chapel

The chapel, also known as the Octagon Temple, was originally designed as a place to admire the view or take tea but is now the final resting place for three generations of the Astor family.