Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott, near Faringdon

The Cotswold retreat of William Morris

Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott Manor was the Cotswold retreat of William Morris and his family, friends and colleagues. When Morris first saw the Manor in 1871, he was delighted by this ‘loveliest haunt of ancient peace’; he signed a joint lease for the property with his friend and colleague Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the Pre-Raphaelite artist.

The fascinating and important collections at Kelmscott Manor span more than 300 years and reflect the history, ideas and creative legacy of those who lived and worked there.

Kelmscott Manor is a remarkably well-preserved seventeenth-century farmstead complex on the upper Thames, near Lechlade. It is an estate of 12.5 acres consisting of land and buildings including the manor house, its garden, an important group of historic barns, dovecot, stabling, and five cottages; 13 buildings are listed (one Grade I, four Grade II* and eight Grade II). It is situated within the beautiful village of Kelmscott, with an unspoilt character that reflects the vigilance and energy of Morris and his family and friends.

When Morris found Kelmscott Manor in 1871 the garden delighted him as much as the house. Enclosed by high walls and divided by hedges, it conformed to his ideal of a garden ‘fenced from the outside world’ and he, therefore, altered it little.

There is a licensed Tearoom you can enjoy morning coffee or delicious home-cooked food, including hot and cold light meals, soups, cakes and cream teas. Vegetarian options are also available. A five-star (excellent!) food hygiene rating, with produce sourced – where possible – from local and fair-trade supplies.

A Morris design: “Peacock and Dragon” woven wool furnishing fabric (1878)

Kelmscott Manor


Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children):
£29* (£26 without Gift Aid)

Adults: £10.50* (£9.50 without Gift Aid)

Full-time students: £5.50* (£5 without Gift Aid)

Children (5-16): £5.50* (£5 without Gift Aid)

Children (0-4): FREE

Accompanying carers: FREE

Garden-only ticket: £3.50

Group visits available see website for detail

Open on selected dates (see website)

Large car park

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