‘Heaven on earth’: Kelmscott Manor, the Cotswold Retreat of William Morris
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.
William Morris and his family are buried in the village in the picturesque 12th Century Church of St George’s. Also, worth visiting is the Morris Memorial Hall, built by his daughter May as a memorial to her father.
Kelmscott Manor is owned and managed by the Society of Antiquaries at Burlington House in London (next to the Royal Academy). Our Friends Scheme supports the many conservation projects necessary to maintain the Kelmscott Manor collections and estate. Members benefit from free entry, discount in the Tearoom and Shop, a regular newsletter and Free or discounted tickets to lectures and events at the Manor and at Burlington House.
Toilets, Licensed Tearoom, Gift Shop.
The Manor house has step free access to the ground floor rooms only, all other buildings have step free access. Accessible toilet available.
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.
|Adult - Gift Aid
|£13.75 per ticket
|Adult - Standard
|£12.50 per ticket
|Concession - Gift Aid
|£8.25 per ticket
|Concession - Standard
|£7.50 per ticket
|Family - Gift Aid
|£33.00 per ticket
|Family - Standard
|£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
|Season (1 Apr 2024 - 29 Oct 2024)
* Last entry to the Manor House- 4pm.
Sunday - closed to general public.
Pre-booking online is advisable.
- 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
- Tea Rooms
- 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.
- Free car parking
- On-site coach parking
- On-site Restaurant/Cafe
- Picnic Area
- Tea / Coffee Shop
- Approx length of visit - 1.5 hours
- In countryside
- Village Location
Parking & Transport
- Coach Parking
- 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.
- Blue Badge Guides admitted free
- Delta accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Special group rates - See website for details.
- Visa accepted
- Family Fun
- Marketed towards families
- Marketed towards senior citizens
- Marketed towards student/youth
Tours and Demonstrations
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Groups Accepted
Map & Directions
Public Transport Directions
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.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good109
- lambs1Gainesville, GeorgiaTrip Type:CouplesLovelyFriday, 15th September 2023Lovely spot, and was so interested to learn more about William Morris and his family and friends. My only complaint is it was so hard to see things in many of the rooms. They have to keep the light... Read full review
- Daryl CA very enjoyable visit.Tuesday, 19th September 2023I`m a huge Morris/Arts & Crafts/ Pre Raphs fan, so having been to his birthplace in Walthamstow, Kelmscott House in Hammersmith, and The Red House in Bexleyheath, this was a must. I can see why... Read full review
- GastrogranSomerset, United KingdomA tribute to all concerned.Sunday, 1st October 2023The first time we had visited since the refurbishment. What a wonderful experience. The walk from the car park is a must (it does take about 10 minutes but is all on the flat) as it sets the scene... Read full review