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Kelmscott Manor

Type:Historic House / Palace

Kelmscott, Lechlade, Gloucestershire, GL7 3HJ

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Kelmscott Manor was the inspirational 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 world-famous Willow pattern.

Discover the treasures of Kelmscott including:
• Morris’ collection of ceramics, textiles, metalwork and books
• Furnishings from each of Morris’ London homes
• Furnishings chosen by Pre-Raphaelite artist DG Rossetti

Take a stroll around the Manor's gardens, original barns, dovecot, stream and meadow and visit the church and gravestones of William and Jane Morris, and their two daughters.

Enjoy a break in our licensed Tearoom. We serve delicious cream teas and light meals, homemade from locally sourced products. Our charming shop, located in an historic barn, is a must for anyone looking for a momento or gift.


Road Directions

By Road:
The Manor is located less than 3 miles from Lechlade on the B4449 (we are signposted from the A417 & A4095). Follow the brown tourism signs to the car park.

By Public Transport:
Nearest station is Swindon. Regular bus service to Lechlade. Taxi from Lechlade.

The Manor car park (general public open days) is situated close to the church and is signposted. Please note that there is a short walk from the car park to the Manor (approx. 10 minutes). Disabled parking and a drop-off point are available at the Manor.

The Thames Path (from Lechlade) is minutes from the Manor. A private boat mooring and cycle racks are also available.

The nearest railway station is Swindon, which is 15 miles away.



  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • Café
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Refreshments Available

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Cater for school groups
  • Dogs on Lead Only
  • Event venue
  • Gift shop
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking Offsite
  • Off site parking

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided tours by arrangement


Opening Times

House & Gardens Summer 2019 Openings (1 Apr 2019 - 30 Sept 2019)
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday11:00 - 17:00
Saturday11:00 - 17:00
Bank HolidayClosed

* Last admission to house - 16:00.

House has limited capacity - timed ticket system in operation.
Ticket office opens 10:30.

Group visits available via advanced booking only - Thursdays; April - September.
Limited advance bookings on public open days.


  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2017
  • Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2017

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