Kelmscott Manor and its collection

Kelmscott Manor

The summer home of William Morris, Kelmscott Manor is a Grade I listed farmhouse, built around 1600 adjacent to the River Thames. William Morris chose it as his summer home, signing a joint lease with the Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the summer of 1871. Morris loved the house as a work of true craftsmanship, totally unspoilt and unaltered, and in harmony with the village and the surrounding countryside. He considered it so natural in its setting as to be almost organic, it looked to him as if it had "grown up out of the soil". Its beautiful gardens, with barns, dovecote, a meadow and stream, provided a constant source of inspiration. The house - perhaps the most evocative of all the houses associated with Morris - contains an outstanding collection of the possessions and works of Morris, his family and his Arts & Crafts associates, including furniture, original textiles, pictures, carpets, ceramics and metalwork.

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Kelmscott Manor
Near Lechlade
GL7 3HJ Kelmscott

Visitor information Kelmscott Manor

Opening hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
10:30 – 17:00
10:30 – 17:00
10:30 – 17:00
Sunday Closed

The Manor is open Thursday to Saturday until the 28th October with the exception of Saturday 6th May where it will be closed for the Coronation Day.


5 – 16£8.75
Family(2 adults, 2 children)£34.50

Our general admission tickets are also Annual Passes, which give you unlimited entry to Kelmscott Manor for a year from the entry date (see website for T's & Cs). Ticket price includes access to Manor house, meadows and formal gardens. If you want to only visit the gardens and grounds, entrance is free. Any donations are always gratefully received.


Wheelchair accessible
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Location & Map

Kelmscott, Kelmscott

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