Kelmscott Manor

The Cotswold retreat of William Morris, Victorian textile designer, poet, novelist and father of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Kelmscott, Lechlade, Gloucestershire, GL7 3HJ

Kelmscott Manor in Gloucestershire

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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;’ and with, ‘quaint garrets amongst great timbers of the roof where of old times the tillers and herdsmen slept.’

Its beautiful gardens, with barns, dovecote, a meadow and stream, provided a constant source of inspiration for Morris until his death in 1896. After his death, his wife Jane purchased the house, and his daughter, May, spent much of her adult life there.

This seventeenth-century Grade I manor house on the river Thames—perhaps the most evocative of all the houses associated with Morris—contains an outstanding collection of the possessions and works of Morris, as well as of his family and associates.

This includes furniture, original textiles, pictures and paintings, carpets, ceramics and metalwork. The estate also boasts a beautiful garden with easy access to the Thames Pathway, as well as a licensed tearoom and shop.

Opening Times


April to August, Thursday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm. Timed entry at 15-minute intervals.

Last admission to the house 4pm. Site closes 5pm.

We recommend that you wear a face covering while in the manor house.


Free for Historic Houses members.

Adult price: £13.75

Concession: £8.75

Family: £33

Group Visits

Kelmscott Manor promises a unique experience for groups at the spiritual home of the Arts and Crafts Movement. We welcome groups of all ages and interests to former Cotswold retreat of William Morris. With so much to see and do both in the Manor and in the surrounding Kelmscott village, we would recommend allowing a minimum of two hours for your visit.

Unfortunately we are unable to accomodate large groups on our open days however, we may be able to accomodate groups of up to 20 people. Please notify us as far in advance as possible to discuss arrangements.

  • Accessible parking
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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