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Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott Manor


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.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopOn-site cateringPicnic sitePublic toiletsSpanish signs/guidesWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Sat 1 Apr - Sat 28 Oct 2017 Wed 11:00 to 17:00 | Sat 11:00 to 17:00
House and Garden (afternoon tickets bookable in advance though our website) - Every Wednesday and Saturday, 11am to 5pm. Ticket office opens 10.30am. Last admission to the house 4.30pm. The house has limited capacity. Admission to the house is by timed ticket.


For details on our admission prices, please visit our website.

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Kelmscott Manor

01367 252486



  • Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Museum, next open Sat 1 Apr - Sat 28 Oct 2017




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Map reference: SU 250991  Lat: 51.68806 Long: -1.63840

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.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas steps and no ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 3
      Number of steps to entrance
  • YesRamp to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesChildren's menu


  • Kelmscott Manor is fully accessible for wheelchair users in the grounds, shop and tearoom. However, access to the first and second floor of the Manor is not accessible for those people who are unable to walk up steps. We do have access folders for visitors showing the rooms and items on display which are available on the ground floor of the Manor.