Kelmscott Manor was the inspirational country home of William Morris; poet, designer, craftsman, socialist and founding father of the Arts and Crafts movement and described by him as “Heaven on Earth”. 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 unique 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, including a beautiful child’s cot cover which has been recently been brought back to the Manor.
Perhaps the most famous portrait of Jane Morris by Rossetti, The Blue Silk Dress completed in 1868 currently hangs 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. The Tearoom, with its friendly staff and delicious home-made meals and cakes, is a must, whilst the Shop is packed with decorative and unusual items ideal for gifts or mementoes.
Kelmscott Manor is owned and managed by the Society of Antiquaries at Burlington House in London.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£12.50 per ticket|
|Adult with Gift Aid||£13.75 per ticket|
|Child 5-16||£7.50 per ticket|
|Child 5-16 with Gift Aid||£8.25 per ticket|
|Family||£30.00 per ticket|
|Family with Gift Aid||£33.00 per ticket|
|Student||£7.50 per ticket|
|Student with Gift Aid||£8.25 per ticket|
Ticket prices include access to Manor house, meadows and formal gardens.
- VAQAS VB Attraction
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Ramp/Level Access - The Manor house has step free access to the ground floor rooms only, all other buildings have step free access.
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- On-Site café/restaurant
- Picnic Site
- On-site coach parking
- Approx length of visit - 1.5hrs
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
Parking & Transport
- Parking (free) - A new designated parking area has been instigated keeping vehicles away from the Manor House Estate and ensuring the protection of the historic buildings and natural environment of the village of Kelmscott.
Printed Material in Foreign Languages
- French printed material
- German printed material
- Italian printed material
- Japanese printed material
- Spanish printed material
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted - Must be booked in advance
- Guided Tours Available for Groups - Must be booked in advance
- Groups Accepted - Groups are accepted on Thursdays between April and October but must be booked in advance.
|Season (1 Apr 2023 - 29 Oct 2023)|
|Thursday - Saturday||10:30||- 17:00|
* Last entry to Manor house 4pm. Sunday – closed. General public – pre-booking on line is advisable – bookings are now being taken.
About 3 miles from Lechlade, and signposted from the A417 and the A4095. On entering the village please follow the signs to the Manor.
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