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Group visits at Cliveden

A group of people walking and laughing together at Lyme Park in Cheshire
Enjoy a day out together with your group | © National Trust Images/Megan Taylor

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.

Groups visits

Planning your group visit

For group booking enquiries, please e-mail the team at and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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 (including half-terms, Easter and Christmas school holidays), any weekends or bank holidays. Group visits will not be available on the following additional dates due to conflicting activities on the estate:

  • Monday 26 August – Wednesday 4 September 2024
  • Monday 16 September – Tuesday 24 September 2024

There is a 3-week minimum notice period for all bookings. We recommend that you allow 3 to 4 hours to see the formal gardens and have enough time to stop for lunch or tea.

National Trust Members gain entry to the grounds and gardens for free. Non-Members will be charged the 2024 group entry rate of £18.05 per adult to enter the grounds and gardens (child rate £9.03). To qualify for group booking rates your group must have 15 or more people.

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.

Garden tours

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 2 tours on any one day.

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.

Please note that Guided house visits cannot be prebooked; tickets are available on the day, on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets for the House visits are included within the admission price. You'rewelcome to make a donation at the Information Centre.

Guided house visits are available from 4 March to 31 October 2024, on a Monday, Tuesday and 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. Due to the nature of the house visits, we advise that they are more suited to an adult audience.

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

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.

A group of school children enjoying a visit to East Riddlesden Hall in West Yorkshire
Bring your school group on a visit to Cliveden | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

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 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

Aerial view of Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

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Group visits frequently asked questions 

Visiting us with a group? Then our answers to your frequently asked questions might help with any question you may have.