Accessibility at Claydon House
We believe Claydon House should be open and accessible for all. Read more to discover how you can best access this special place and full information on accessibility for those with disabilities or additional access needs.
Access for people with disabilities
The National Trust has a variety of ways individuals with specialist requirements can access places free or at discounted admission rates.
Contact the Supporter Services Centre to discuss your specific requirements in relation to the passes outlined below:
Essential Companion Card - free admission for one companion or carer of a disabled person
Essential Companion Admit Two Card – as above but for more complex care needs
Access for All Admittance Pass – in situations where it may be more appropriate for the disabled person to go in free with a paying companion
If you need to bring a carer or essential companion to accompany you as a disabled visitor, you can now book a carers ticket in advance, free of charge.
To find out more contact the Supporter Services Centre:
Tel: 0344 800 1895 (9am-5.30pm weekdays, 9am-4pm weekends & bank holidays)
Send an enquiry via email.
More information about physical disability access is available on the AccessAble website.
We're passionate about making Claydon accessible to all needs and disabilities. For detailed information, this document outlines the various facilities we have in place to cater for your requirements. For Claydon’s full access statement please look at the homepage.
Arriving at Claydon House
Claydon House is an example of splendid eighteenth-century English interiors in an idyllic country setting with some visitor facilities. The ground floor, reception and visitor toilets are fully accessible; the upstairs of the house is only currently accessible via stepped access. The gardens include uneven and grassy paths, steep slopes, and are slightly hilly in places. There is a free visitor map with all the routes available on arrival in reception.
Arrival and parking
There are brown signs directing you to Claydon House from the surrounding roads. You will head down a long driveway towards the main house. For National Trust parking please use the right-hand fork, and head across the cattlegrid.
There are two dedicated priority spaces in the gravel car park for visitors with limited mobility, with level access to Visitor Reception.
The main car park is made up of a hard gravel surface, and the overflow car park is upon the grass.
The house is accessed via reception. There is level access surface throughout reception.
The ground floor of the house is accessible and a virtual tour of the upstairs of the house is available.
Access to the upper floor is via stepped access only at this time.
Chairs with a blue ribbon indicate they are available for public use. If you require a seat whilst touring the House and there isn’t one available, please ask a room guide who will be happy to direct you to the nearest seat.
Please be aware the lighting is low for conservation reasons.
Sloped access to the West Terrace is via an open gate, to the right of the hut in the car park.
Benches are available.
Courtyard-side garden entrance is accessed via one step. There is an alternative accessible entrance available via the West Terrace.
Partly accessible grounds, main pathways are grass, sloping and in places uneven. The terrain can become difficult to use a wheelchair on when wet.
Bridle path is available for the public.
Three lakes are in the parkland. There are no barriers.
Church (Parish not National Trust)
Accessed via the West Terrace. Uneven terrain and slight incline.
Dogs are welcome in the courtyard and on public rights of way at Claydon and we ask that you keep them under close control and on a lead everywhere. Assistance dogs only allowed in the house.
Services and facilities
There are two adapted WCs, one located in the Claydon Estate courtyard and the other by the National Trust car park.
Free access equipment
There is a manual wheelchair that is free to hire during your visit. If you wish to make use of this, please speak to a member of the team on arrival.
Induction and T-loops are available at the following locations: visitor reception.
Eating, drinking and shopping at Claydon
This is located on the ground floor of the main house in the reading room and is fully accessible.
Claydon Estate Courtyard including Phoenix Kitchen (not National Trust)
Tearooms are fully accessible.
All shops in the Courtyard are accessible.
Mobile phone reception and Wi-Fi
Mobile phone reception is generally poor across the site. Data coverage is sporadic. Our National Trust free Wi-Fi is available for you to use in and around our reading room and information room.
Want to enjoy a visit to Claydon from the comfort of your own home?
Explore the site with our virtual tour: Claydon House (final) Visitors (matterport.com)
Discover sumptuous interiors, explore the grounds, step back in time or go on an adventure – there’s so much to see and do on a visit to Claydon.
See history brought to life at Claydon House: sumptuous craftsmanship in 18th-century interiors, displays of historic costume – and a connection to Florence Nightingale.
Set aside some time on your visit to Claydon to head for this historic courtyard – run by Claydon Estate – to relax, shop, or to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat at the Phoenix Kitchen.
Find out more about hiring Claydon for weddings and private and corporate events.