As part of Heritage Open Days, the National Trust gardens and woodlands of Cliveden, near Maidenhead, will be open free of charge on Saturday 9th September.
The Heritage Open Day is a great way to see the estate which is steeped in over 300 years of history. Cliveden has been home to dukes, earls, viscounts and a prince. It has long been a glittering hub of society and in the 1960s became infamously associated with the Profumo Affair. The legendary swimming pool where Christine Keeler allegedly first met John Profumo is still enjoyed by guests of the luxury hotel today.
The gardens have been visited by almost every British monarch since George I and many famous designers, including John Fleming, Nora Lindsay and more recently Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe have helped shape them.
Families can discover the attractions of the gardens together with the help of a free self-guided trail available from the Information Centre. Other family favourites include the storybook themed play area for younger children, with Doll’s House Café next door and the puzzling yew tree maze. Summer may be fading but it’s not too late for little ones to start their 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ scrap book. These series of adventures and creative tasks are an excellent way for children to make the most of the great outdoors, whatever the weather. Free copies are available from the Information Centre on your visit.
Cliveden is open from 10am until 5.30pm on Saturday 12 September with last entry at 5pm. No advanced booking is needed. For further information please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden or call 01628 605069. Cliveden House is now a luxury hotel and will not be open to visitors as part of Heritage Open Days.
Address: Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire SL1 8NS
Telephone: 01628 605069