Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott Manor was the inspirational Cotswold retreat of William Morris, Victorian textile designer, poet, novelist & Father of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Described as a ‘Heaven on Earth’ by Morris, he loved the Manor house and adjoining farm buildings as a work of true craftmanship, totally unspoilt and unaltered, and in harmony with the surrounding countryside.

Visitors today can still experience the beauty and seclusion that inspired many of William Morris’s most important designs and writings as well as influencing his ideas on conservation for both the built and natural environments.

On display is an outstanding collection of possessions and works of Morris, as well as his family and associates. See our Collection Highlights.

Throughout the Open Season we hold regular events and activities.


The Manor and Gardens are now closed for conservation and improvement works, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which will continue throughout 2020/21.

Please note that due to the above, our curatorial enquiry service and image request service have been suspended, and will be reviewed in May 2021.

Kelmscott and Morris: Past Present and Future

Support our capital project at Kelmscott Manor to conserve and restore William Morris’s former country retreat.

Kelmscott Manor Project Blog

Keep up to date with our capital project through our Kelmscott Manor blog.

  • Interior view of William Morris's bedroom

  • Exterior view of Kelmscott Manor