Group visits at Cliveden
Cliveden is a perfect destination for a group day out. There's something for everyone including beautiful seasonal floral displays, an outstanding sculpture collection and plenty of educational resources for school groups.
Planning your group visit
Cliveden welcomes group visits throughout the year, including the school summer holidays from Monday to Friday. However, group visits are not available on any other school holidays, any weekends or bank holidays. Please note that some further dates will also be unavailable where there are conflicting activities on the estate. We recommend that you allow three to four hours to see the formal gardens and have enough time to stop for lunch or tea.
Cliveden offers guided visits of the House on a first-come, first-served basis, as well as Garden tours, subject to confirmation with the gardens team.
To qualify for group booking rates your group must have 15 or more people.
National Trust Members gain entry to the grounds and gardens for free.
Non-Members will be charged the 2023 group entry rate of £16.15 per adult to enter the grounds and gardens (child rate £8.08).
Please note: Thank you for your interest in a group visit to Cliveden. We can now resume requests for group bookings from 30 October - 19 December 2023, inclusive. 2024 group bookings are expected to open in January, dates will be released as they become available.
Guided house visits
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 visit, run by our volunteers.
- Availability - March to October (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday). Please liaise with the Cliveden office team to check availability.
- Visits run every 10 minutes from 11am to 12.30 pm, dependent upon guide availability. Visit sessions last 30 minutes each and the final session of the day finishes at 1pm.
Each house visit has a capacity of 10 visitor slots. Please note that there is no pre-booking for house visits, and tickets are available from the Info Centre in the Main Visitor Car Park.
Due to the nature of the house visits, we advise that they are more suited to an adult audience.
House Visit Cost
£2 per person in addition to estate admission fee. National Trust members free.
Garden tours, led by one of our knowledgeable gardeners, are available subject to confirmation with the gardens team. The tour costs an additional £10 per person (including members), with a minimum of 10 people and a maximum of 18. The tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours, with start times available between 10am and 2pm. The gardens team is able to offer a maximum of two tours on any one day.
For group booking enquiries, please e-mail the team at email@example.com and we will do our best to accommodate you.
School and educational visits
We are currently reviewing the learning offer so please get in touch if you would like to register your interest by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Cliveden estate is a natural outdoor classroom, where children can combine curriculum learning with being active. Ideal for teachers planning outdoor primary and pre-school visits.
Sessions build on, and enhance, key curriculum knowledge, whilst also developing teamwork, a respect for nature, and an understanding of how the great outdoors can support our personal health and wellbeing.
Cliveden talks service
Over the centuries Cliveden has been home to dukes, duchesses, earls, viscounts and for a while a prince.
Would you like to know more about Cliveden’s glittering past, the parties, famous guests, and the people who cared for the house and grounds?
Contact Cliveden’s Talks Service team who would be delighted to share Cliveden’s stories with you and your group. You can find out more and book a history talk by emailing Talks.email@example.com
Free familiarisation visits for group leaders
If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at NTTravelTrade@capita.co.uk.
Who is eligible for free entry?
Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.
Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.
Take a guided tour of Cliveden house – now a luxury hotel – and visit the chapel, final resting place of three generations of Astor family.
Follow in the footsteps of dukes, earls, kings and queens at Cliveden as you stroll through a series of areas in the impressive garden, each with its own special charm.
Cliveden has many sculptures in its grounds, including ancient baboons and bold choices of ‘new art’ sculpture from Cliveden’s 19th-century owners.
From fun walking trails to boating on the Thames in spring and summer, this is your one-stop shop to help you get the most out of your family visit to Cliveden.
If you’re planning educational group visits to National Trust places, then you could benefit from education group membership, giving you free admission for a year.
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Visiting us with a group? Then our answers to your frequently asked questions might help with any question you may have.