Planning your visit and personal assistance
Kelmscott Manor prides 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.
Click here for more information on our Dog Policy
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 may 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 10 to 12 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, 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
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.