The House at Cliveden

A table laid for dinner in the French Dining Room at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

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

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.
 
From April to October, on Thursday's and Sunday's, the doors of the glamorous ground floor of Cliveden house open to the public. Come along for a 20 minute guided tour, ran by our volunteers. You'll see some of the most intriguing rooms, such as The French Dining Room, which has entertained the likes of Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin.  
 

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.  
 
Explore the ground floor west wing corridor before entering the exquisite oak panelled Great Hall and sumptuous French Dining Room, 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.

 

Cliveden's 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.