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Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott, Nr Lechlade, Oxfordshire, GL7 3HJ
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About

Kelmscott Manor was the iconic country home of William Morris; poet, designer, craftsman, socialist and founding father of the Arts and Crafts movement. This Grade I listed house was loved by Morris as a survival of traditional craftsmanship in harmony with the nearby village and surrounding landscape, which lies towards the very upper reaches of the Thames, inspiring many of his most important designs and writings, including the world-famous Willow pattern.

Today, visitors will find an outstanding collection, from early 17th Century furniture to a unique collection of furnishings chosen by Pre-Raphaelite painter-poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti and pieces from each of Morris’ London homes, including several designed especially for the iconic Red House. Morris’ wife Jane and daughter May also have a vivid presences at Kelmscott Manor: many examples reflect their beautiful and accomplished needlework; much of this was designed by May, a significant and accomplished designer in her own right.

The Manor has so many intriguing stories to tell; its collections span over 300 years and reflect the lives, ideas and creative legacy of those who lived and stayed there. Perhaps the most famous portrait of Jane Morris by Rossetti is The Blue Silk Dress which was completed in 1868, currently hanging in the White Room. The domestic charm and ambience of the house is still retained, despite having influenced Pre-Raphaelite art and design and the Arts & Crafts Movement, a legacy still very much treasured today.

Kelmscott Manor also boasts enchanting riverside gardens and the River Thames is located just a few hundred yards away. Beyond the walls of the formal garden stand the impressive farm barns – two of them house the Tearoom and beautiful Shop. The Tearoom is a must, with its friendly staff and delicious home-made meals and cakes, whilst the Shop is packed with decorative and unusual items ideal for gifts or mementoes.

Learning barn is also on site where a variety of acitivities are available for all ages to enjoy.

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult - Gift Aid - Adult£13.75 per ticket
Adult - Standard - Adult£12.50 per ticket
Concession - Gift Aid - Concession£8.25 per ticket
Concession - Standard - Concession£7.50 per ticket
Family - Gift Aid - Family£33.00 per ticket
Family - Standard - Family£30.00 per ticket

Concession tickets include students and children between the ages of 5-16.
Family tickets include 2 adults and 2 children.
All ticket prices include access to Manor House, Meadows and Formal Gardens.
Children under 4 FREE

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Kelmscott Manor is located 3 miles from Lechlade. Signposted from both the A417 and the A4095, visitors can easily travel by car. Follow the brown heritage signs to our car park. Free Parking is situated next to St George’s Church in Kelmscott. For Sat Nav, the postcode for the car park is GL7 3HF. There is a short walk from the car park to the Manor (approximately 10 to 12 minutes). Brown heritage signs will direct you to the manor. A free shuttle minibus will take visitors who are unable to make the walk to the Manor.

Public Transport Directions

Unfortunately, due to our remote location, there is no direct public transport to the Manor.

The Manor does have a private mooring on the Thames and visitors can also arrive by cycle or walking along the Thames path.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users - Ground floor and grounds. Within the House, there is an access folder with information on the upstairs rooms and attic.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted - As long as they are kept on a lead and with their owners at all times. Dogs are not allowed into the formal gardens or the Manor House.
  • Shop
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • Village Location

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • Coach Parking Offsite
  • Parking (free) - Free Parking is situated next to St George’s Church in Kelmscott. For Sat Nav, the postcode for the car park is GL7 3HF. There is a short walk from the car park to the Manor (approximately 10 to 12 minutes). Brown heritage signs will direct you to the manor. Please respect the privacy of our neighbours. A free shuttle minibus will take visitors who are unable to make the walk to the Manor. Please note there is no parking on site for any vehicle.

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 1.5 hours
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Special group rates - See website for details.
  • Visa accepted
  • Visa Debit accepted

Target Markets

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed Towards Students / Youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Opening Times

Season (1 Apr 2024 - 29 Oct 2024)
DayTimes
Monday - WednesdayClosed
Thursday - Saturday10:30 - 17:00
SundayClosed

* Last entry to the Manor House- 4pm.
Sunday - closed to general public.
Pre-booking online is advisable.

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