Accessibility and On-Site Facilities
Planning your visit and personal assistance
Kelmscott Manor has always prided itself on the warm welcome that we offer our visitors. There is good access to the ground floor of the house, the gardens, shop and Tearoom for wheelchair users. For your safety and enjoyment, please remember that we are a historic site consisting of a number of former farm buildings, which may have uneven surfaces. Either prior to or during your visit, please ask a member of staff for further information or assistance as required. The following information is to help you plan a safe and pleasurable visit.
If you have a carer to help you there is no admission charge for them.
Assistance dogs are welcome at the Manor. Water is available for them around the site; please ask a member of staff for assistance.
We welcome well-behaved dogs as long as they are kept on a lead and with their owner at all times. The meadow (beyond the shop) is available for visitors to walk their dog, and water is provided outside the staff entrance to the shop. However, we do request that you do not bring your dogs into the formal gardens around the Manor.
We respectfully ask owners that once on site they ensure that:
- Their dog is accompanied, kept under control and on a lead at all times.
- Any waste is bagged up and removed from the site by them.
- Please do not leave pets in parked cars.
If you bring a dog with you in your car, please speak to the member of staff on duty in our main car park (situated next to the Church), who can ascertain whether there is capacity to accommodate your vehicle on the Manor site.
We welcome all types of mobility vehicles; we have a number of manual wheelchairs (x 2) which are free of charge and available to borrow on a first come first served basis (booking is not necessary). We also have x1 walking-frame on wheels for visitor use. The above equipment is stored on site, please ask a member of staff for assistance.
Due to the narrow doorways and for the protection of the collection we ask that visitors using motorised wheelchairs transfer to manual wheelchairs before entering the Manor.
The ground floor of the house, the gardens, shop, Tearoom and tea lawn are all accessible to wheelchairs. Many of the picnic benches on our tea lawn are wheelchair accessible.
When you arrive
There is plenty of free parking for the Manor. Our car park is located in Kelmscott village next to the church where Morris and family are buried (SAT NAV GL7 3HG for car park and follow brown signs). Please note that there is a short but pleasant walk from the car park to the Manor (approximately 8 minutes). The route is well sign-posted, taking you through the heart of our beautiful and historic village.
Please note that Kelmscott is a working village with two busy farms and private properties.
Please do not park in the village. It is illegal to park on pathways and could result in a fine. Local law enforcers will be patrolling the village on our open days.
Please respect the privacy of our neighbours when walking through the village.
Disabled parking is available at the Manor (SAT NAV GL7 3HJ), please drive to the main gate and ask a member of staff for directions as to where to park your car. When you arrive at the main gate please display your Blue Badge clearly if you have one. If you are not a Blue badge holder but need accessible parking please speak to a staff member or volunteer when you arrive or call us in advance.
For those unable to undertake the short walk to the Manor from our car park, or should you need to drop someone off, there is a drop-off point in the lane directly outside the Manor’s main gates. Staff and volunteers will be pleased to assist if required.
If further assistance is required in advance please call the team on 01367 252486.
The taxi drop-off point is also in the lane just outside the Manor’s main gates.
Gradients and Surfaces
Kelmscott Manor is a Grade I listed Tudor Manor house with displays in former farm buildings and as such can be a challenging site with a variety of gradients, steps and paths, some of which may be uneven.
The visitor route takes in three floors of the house, including a split-level staircase to ascend to the attic rooms and a spiral staircase to descend again to the ground floor. Wheel-chair access is possible for the whole of the ground floor of the house; the Tearoom is also accessible.
To read more about getting around the Manor house and estate, visit ‘Things to Do’.
Ground, Gardens and Water Features
Please to not pick or eat anything from the grounds or garden.
Throughout the garden runs the ‘Cut’, a small stream, which runs at the bottom of the tea lawn. Although very picturesque, it has very deep, muddy water and is not railed off. Please keep children and other vulnerable people supervised and safe. There are seats alongside the length of the stream for you to sit, relax and enjoy.
Bags, Backpacks and Pushchairs
For conservation reasons it is not possible to allow large bags, backpacks and pushchairs inside the Manor. We ask that these are left in a secure cupboard at the main gate. Kelmscott Manor accepts no liability for loss or damage to bags or pushchairs left unattended. Please ask a member of staff for further information or call us in advance for more information.
If you require medical assistance, please speak to a member of the Kelmscott Manor team.
Our accessible toilet is located to the rear of the Tearoom, please ask a member of staff or volunteer for directions upon arrival.
Baby-changing facilities are available in the disabled toilet in the Tearoom.
Food and Drink
Enjoy freshly prepared delicious food in our licensed Tearoom, open Wednesdays and Saturdays for morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon tea. We can offer a high chair (x1) for our younger visitors. Read more about our Tearoom.
Seating and Shelter
Kelmscott Manor has plenty of sheltered and indoor spaces as well as in the grounds. There are also plenty of places to take a rest, on a seat or on some grass. Many of our picnic benches are wheelchair accessible. Visitors are welcome to sit in any of the window seats once inside the Manor.
The shop is open whenever the Manor is open. We sell a wide range of items (soft furnishings, china, glass, jewellery, stationery, etc.) inspired by the designs of William Morris, his associates and Kelmscott Manor.
Visitors are welcome to take photographs during their visit; however, please adhere to the following:
Do not use flash photography, protruding lenses and tripods, "selfie sticks" or other extension equipment.
Do not cause inconvenience to other visitors or behave in a way that puts any objects on display at risk while taking photographs.
Do not take photos of any objects forming part of temporary or special exhibitions where signage clearly specifices a "no photography" policy.
Do not photograph merchandise in the shop for commercial purposes or interests.
For security reasons, do not video or film without express prior permission.
Visitors are welcome to upload photos of objects on display that they have taken for their personal, non-commercial use to their personal Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts (please tag our Facebook page, @KelmscottManor Twitter account or Instagram account), and on Flickr with appropriate attribution to the Society of Antiquaries of London so that it is clear the objects from which the photos have been taken form part of the Society's collections.
Any private photography that requires use of additional equipment such as special lighting or a tripod is only permitted on formal application and by prior arrangement with the Property Manager or Society of Antiquaries of London. You must apply at least 10 working days in advance providing details of what you want to photograph and why. The Society reserves the right to decline any application. Private photography may not be accommodated at Kelmscott Manor during public opening.