Cliveden's iconic mansion house


We're not able to offer house tours at the moment, but we hope to welcome visitors back for tours in Spring 2022

Built in 1666 by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham as a gift to his mistress, Cliveden house has remained a place 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.

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

Tours of Cliveden House are postponed until further notice. These would usually run from March to October on Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays.


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


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 ceiling of the chapel at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

The Chapel

The chapel is closed for the winter and will reopen in April 2022. 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.