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Brief description of site

The site features an extensive and complex formal garden scheme developed through the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The historic grounds cover about 85 hectares in total, most of which is woodland with designed rides surrounding a formal core of about 5 hectares. Cliveden House itself is now an hotel.

Brief history of site

Cliveden House was built initially as a 'summer palace' on a virgin site on cliffs high above the River Thames for George Villiers, second Duke of Buckingham. Work began in 1666. A garden is known to have existed by 1679. The major period of garden development was between 1706 and 1737. In 1966 the National Trust took over the house and gardens and have since carried out extensive restoration.

Location information:

Address: Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire, SL6 0JA

Locality: Maidenhead

Local Authorities:

Buckinghamshire; South Bucks; Taplow

Historical County: Buckinghamshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 165 Grid Ref: SU910852
Latitude: 51.5583 Longitude: -0.688731

Directions:

North of Maidenhead, west of the A4094

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

01 494 755562 (info line)
01 628 603069
Gardens open every day from March to December, 11.00am to 4.00pm (5.00pm in summer).

Visitor information:

Free parking. Dogs on leads in specified woodlands only. Disabled access. Refreshments. WC. Please see:

Key information:

Form of site: formal garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: great house

Site Style : formal

Site first created: After 1666

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 85

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