Cookham is an attractive and historic village and a popular place for walking, including along the Thames Path (¾ mile from station) which leaves the river to pass through the village. Cookham was the home of the artist Stanley Spencer.
Paintings and drawings by Sir Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) in a former Methodist Chapel attended
by Spencer as a child. Other items include letters and the pram Spencer used to carry his equipment.
Tel. 01628 471885.
Open Apr-Oct, Daily 1030-1730. Nov-Mar, ThFSSu 1100-1630.
The story of the John Lewis business from its origins as a draper and haberdasher's shop in 1864
through to the foundation of an employee-owned business in 1928.
Tel. 01628 536113.
Open Sat 1000-1600.
Impressive gardens set high above the River Thames with far-reaching views.
Water garden, maze, estate woodland and riverside paths.
Cliveden was renowned for glamorous parties and political gatherings, especially when
home to Nancy and Waldorf Astor in the early 20th century. The House is now a hotel
but short guided tours of parts are sometimes available (see NT website).
Cafés and picnic areas. Tel. 01628 605069.
Open Daily 1000-1700 (Nov-Feb closes 1600 or dusk if earlier).
Cliveden is 2 miles from Bourne End station.