Cliveden's iconic mansion house


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

Cliveden House is run as a privately owned 5 Star award-winning hotel. Our story is one of over 350 years of powerful personalities, debaucherous parties and scandalous affairs. 

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. 

Now, our Grade I stately home set upon 376 acres of National Trust grounds is a luxurious five-star hotel. 


Below are the Guided House tour dates for 2018. Check back later to see 2019's dates. 

Take a guided tour of the house

Cliveden House is leased as a luxury country house hotel, but as part of the arrangement, you can take a peek inside on a National Trust tour.
For certain times of the year the doors of the glamorous ground floor of Cliveden house open to the public. Come along for a 30 minute guided tour, run by our volunteers, and you'll see some of the most intriguing rooms, some of which were enjoyed by the likes of Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin and the Queen Mother.

Dates and Times

From 1 March – 25 October 2018
Mondays: House open 11am – 1pm (last tour starting at 12.30pm), Chapel open 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Tuesdays: House open 11am – 1pm (last tour starting at 12.30pm), Chapel open 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Thursdays*: House open 11am – 1pm (last tour starting at 12.30pm), Chapel open 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Saturdays: Chapel open 11am – 1pm
Sundays: Chapel open 11am – 1pm
*The Thursday tours involve more steps. Therefore, we recommend visitors with access needs to favour the Monday or Tuesday tours

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 605 069.

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.