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“Interesting, particularly if visiting with a Kiwi”
Review of Clandon Park

Clandon Park
Ranked #10 of 50 things to do in Guildford
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Clandon Park was built by a Venetian architect in the 1720s. One of the country’s most complete examples of a Palladian mansion, it featured original stucco ceilings and marble fireplaces. The house was refurbished during the 1960s to house a collection of 18th-century furniture and porcelain acquired by collector Hannah Gubbay. Sadly, in April 2015, a fire broke out, causing significant damage and effectively leaving the house a shell. In response the National Trust has launched its largest project in a generation. After 14 months of work the large-scale salvage phase was completed. We’ve since announced ambitious plans to rebuild Clandon Park which will honour its rich history, but also create vibrant, modern spaces to breathe new life into the house. You can visit the house between April and October to see inside the Saloon, State Bedroom and Marble Hall. Timed tickets are available on arrival at Visitor Reception, allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

My friend, visiting from New Zealand, was particularly interested in the 4th Earl of Onslow, who was a Governor General of New Zealand in the late 19th century. There are many artefacts related to his time in the colony in the museum in the house and , in the grounds is the only Maori Meeting House in England. My friend identified that there were a few things not quite right about the Meeting House, especially the thatched roof but we learned that currently the National Trust is working on restoration alongside a Maori group.
Aside from the New Zealand links there was a great deal of interesting history in this house, especially in the Speakers Parlour where we learnt a lot about one of the Onslow family who was Speaker of the House of Commons for 30 years! Guides in each room were helpful and knowledgeable.

1  Thank Barbara V
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

We saw a lot of very interesting treasures in the house and the voluntary staff were good at pointing out particular aspects of interest which made to visit even more worthwhile. Do not miss seeing the military museum in the basement. The cafeteria facilities were clean and very satisfactory but we did find the garden a disappointment although I would hasten to add that the plants and trees were sufferring in the hot drought conditions which then prevailed. A look inside the church, which is within the grounds, is worthwhile.

Thank Gary P
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

Had only visited Clandon once before, for an evening concert, so it was a pleasure to have the time to visit and walk round the house. As usual with National trust properties the volunteers are friendly and well informed, although I did overhear one lady being somewhat condescending in her manner to another visitor. Rooms are excellent and well laid out and interesting to see some of the original wall coverings which were only rediscovered in the 20th century.

Well worth a visit for the house alone the gardens look a little tired but thevis restoration work being carried ouy on the Maori meeting house which will bring it up to date with current Maori traditions.

Thank Graham L
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Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

We visited Clandon Park today, and marvelled at the wonderful rooms and ceilings, the house is very interesting and there is no shortage of things to see, only downside in my opinion is the fact that photography isn't allowed past the marble hall, a real shame if you want to share your experience with friends or family. Other reviews complain of the prices in the restaurant or shop, personally it seems the world is full of people only too willing to complain about something!!! Yes, it is pricey in the restaurant, but as in all (I believe) you are able to take your own food and consume it outside, and as for shop prices, you aren't being forced to purchase the items!! Again, yes they are pricey, but we liked the fact that not only did they sell generic NT items, also the NT shops we have visited also sell items that are specific to the place you visit, along with a lot of locally produced items, which in my opinion is a good thing. We have just purchased an NT annual membership, which we highly recommend as it covers FULL entry into all the properties, house and gardens but it also covers parking charges (with provided windscreen sticker) .
All in all, we enjoyed our half day here and would recommend it, yes, the house is in need of repair in places, but it is old for goodness sake!! And requires sympathetic professionals to carry out repairs, so people shouldn't expect otherwise!!!

1  Thank Bigtaf
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Brilliant house to visit the collection of porcelain and furniture absolutely beautiful.

Delicious food in the restaurant.

The gardens well laid out so relaxing to sit, look, and chat.

1  Thank liz_in_redditch
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