Ardington House

Ardington House was built in 1720 and has been home to the Baring family for several generations.

The house is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the country. The house and grounds are open to the public for throughout May and June Mon – Wed and Bank Holiday Mondays in April, May and August from 11am – 3pm. Private tours can be arranged at other times. Visitors can enjoy the famous imperial staircase which leads from the Hall as two matching flights joining into one and is considered to be one of the finest in Britain. The main rooms of the House are adorned with many paintings and furniture from several periods.

Visit Ardington House Website

Address: Ardginton, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 8PY

Blenheim Palace

Set in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace is considered to be one of the finest baroque houses in the country.

It was a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his famous victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Inside the Palace can be found a superb collection of tapestries, paintings, porcelain and furniture in the magnificent State Rooms. Sir Winston Churchill was born in the Palace in 1874 and a permanent exhibition about him is located next to his birth room- both are included in the Palace tour. Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP.

Visit the Blenheim Palace Website to plan your visit.

Brook Cottage Garden

… for those who wish to see a profusion of plants, many of them rare,disposed in a masterly way, Brook Cottage is a living workshop of ideas at all times of the year.

There is something of interest to see throughout the season. Early spring bulbs precede May blossom. The pond is at its best in early June, followed by the roses.

Over 50 varieties of clematis – atrogenes, early-, mid- and late- summer flowering – scramble over stone walls and shrubs until the herbaceous perennials come into their own.

The season ends with hips, berries and autumn colour .

Address: Well Lane, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 6NL

Broughton Castle

Broughton Castle is a moated and fortified manor house near Banbury in North Oxfordshire.

The core of the house was built in 1306 and the gatehouse in the early fifteenth century, but most of what you see today dates from the 1550’s. It was a centre of opposition to Charles I and was besieged and damaged after the Battle of Edgehill in 1642.

Address: Broughton, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 5EB

Visit the Broughton Castle Website to plan your visit.

Buscot Park

18th century country house with stunning art and furniture collection set in 150 acres of gardens and parkland with water features.

Buscot Park is the family home of Lord Faringdon, who looks after the property on behalf of the National Trust, as well as the family collection of pictures, furniture, ceramics and objets d’art, known as the Faringdon Collection, which is displayed in the house.

Address: Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 8BU

Visit the Buscot Park Website to plan your visit.

Chastleton House National Trust

Unchanged for 400 years

A rare gem of a Jacobean country house, Chastleton House was built between 1607 and 1612 by a prosperous wool merchant as an impressive statement of wealth and power.

Owned by the same increasingly impoverished family until 1991, the house remained essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years as the interiors and contents gradually succumbed to the ravages of time.

With virtually no intrusion from the 21st century, this fascinating place exudes an informal and timeless atmosphere in a gloriously unspoilt setting. We do not have a shop or tea-room, so you can truly believe you have stepped back in time.

Address: Chastleton, Near Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Oxfordshire, GL56 0SU

Visit the National Trust Website to plan your visit.

Faringdon Folly

The Folly tower is 104ft high and was built in 1935 by Lord Berners. The tower gives unprecendented views over the surrounding area.

The Folly is open to the public for a small fee (to help with upkeep) on the first Sunday of each month and on bank holidays from Easter until October.

See the Folly Website for details of exact opening dates.

Address: Folly Hill, Faringdon, SN7

Visit the Folly Tower Website to plan your visit.

Great Coxwell Barn

Great Coxwell Barn is a large 14th century barn situated on the northern edge of the village of Great Coxwell.

The Barn would would have been used to store most, if not all, of the crop produced by Beaulieu Abbey as it was part of the monastic grange.

Addess: Great Coxwell, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 7LZ

Barn is open all year round.

Harcourt Aboretum

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In May and June the Arboretum is ablaze with azaleas and rhododendrons and in October the Japanese maples can brighten even the dullest day. But there is more. In spring there is a quintessentially English 10-acre woodland and in summer a 37-acre meadow full of wild flowers. The Arboretum is a magical place to spend a day at any time of year.

Address: Nuneham Courtenay, Oxon OX44 9PX

Visit the Harcourt Arboretum Website to plan your visit.

Kingston Bagpuize House and Gardens

Kingston Bagpuize House is the family home of Virginia Grant and her children Elizabeth and Alexander.

Built in the 1660’s the House was refashioned in the 1720’s for the Blandy family. The rooms are panelled and there is an impressive cantilevered staircase. Set in mature parkland the gardens were mainly planted between 1939 and 1976 and more recently restored and extended allowing visitors to enjoy an unusual and interesting collection of trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. New for 2011 is the opening of The Mattock Rose Garden which when completed will tell the story of how roses came to Europe along the Silk Road.

Address: Nr. Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX13 5AX

Visit the Kingston Bagpuize Website to plan your visit.

Rousham House & Garden

Rousham House and it’s beautiful gardens is a place of delight for all those in awe of William Kent’s work (1685-1748).

It is one of the few gardens of it’s age to remain as Kent left it. The impressive features to note are the ponds, and cascades in Venus’s Vale, the Cold Bath and seven arched Praeneste, Townsend’s Building, the temple of the Mill and the sham ruin known as the `Eyecatcher`. Rousham House was built in 1635 by Sir Robert Dormer and to this day remains within the ownership of the same family. The gardens are open daily throughout the year and the House my be toured by prior arrangement for groups of more than 12 people. This is an unspoilt gem in the Oxfordshire countryside.

Address: Near Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire OX25 4QU

Visit the Rousham House Website to plan your visit.

Stonor Park

Stonor is one of England’s oldest manor houses, situated in one of the most beautiful settings, owned by the same family for 850 years.

The house contains a remarkable collection of family portraits, beautiful stained glass, old Master Drawings, European Bronzes, an early 19th century wallpaper of Paris as well as contemporary ceramics from England, Denmark, Korea &amp; Japan.

Visitors will find a fine collection of Japanese contemporary ceramics never before displayed and complementing other ceramics from England, Korea, and Denmark. Lord Camoys has collected contemporary ceramics over 22 years and has had the privilege of meeting many of the artists in person on his travels to the Far East and Denmark.  See how contemporary art sits so comfortably in an older setting.

See our exhibition in the Long Gallery which shows family portraits, memorabilia and papers, some which have never been on display before.

The house, garden, old hall tea room & gift shop are open from April until the end of September. The park, with its herd of fallow deer, is also open by way of a public footpath throughout the year, from where there are stunning views of both the house and surrounding countryside.

The house is open on Sunday afternoons. During July and August the house is also open on Wednesday afternoons.  The Gardens and Chapel open at 1.00pm and the House,

Tea Room and Gift Shop open at 2.00pm.  Last entry to the house is 4.30pm

Address: Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 6HF

Visit the Stonor Park Website to plan your visit.

Sulgrave Manor

Sulgrave Manor is the ancestral home of the Washingtons in Britain.

Sulgrave Manor contains the largest UK collection of George Washington memorabilia demonstrating the British contribution to the origins of the USA with a separate exhibition on George’s life and career in the US. The compact Manor House – not a demanding marathon down endless corridors but a gentle stroll through three centuries of English history in the company of a friendly and informative guide.

Address: Manor Road, Sulgrave, Nr. Banbury Oxon OX17 2SD

Visit the Sulgrave Manor Website to plan your visit.

University of Oxford Botanic Garden

The oldest botanic garden in the UK with over 7,000 different species with exotic glasshouses, water and rock gardens. We are often asked how a botanic garden differs from other types of gardens. Botanic gardens are collections of plants that are grown for purposes other than purely aesthetic reasons – but in Oxford Botanic Garden we do try to arrange the plants in attractive, sympathetic and exciting ways. Many gardeners come here to seek inspiration. In the beds and borders you may find new plants that would be perfect in your garden at home and partly for this reason we strive to label clearly every plant in the Garden.

Address: Rose Lane, Oxford OX1 4AZ

Visit the Botanic Garden website to plan your visit.

Upton House and Gardens

A magnificent house built in the golden age of country living by the heir to the Shell Oil fortune, Walter Samuel, an avid art collector.

See website for opening hours. Timed entry tickets to the house must be purchased.

There are plenty of splendid walks around the grounds and many opportunities to get involved at Upton House.

Address: Near Banbury, Warwickshire, OX15 6HT

Visit the National Trust Website to plan your visit.

Waterperry Gardens

You’ll never be short of something to see or do at Waterperry Gardens – whatever the weather – or the time of year!

Whether you’re looking for a stroll around magnificent gardens, excellent home-baked teas and lunches, a look back in time in our Museum of Rural Life or Saxon Church or a spot of retail therapy, you can be sure Waterperry will meet your every needs.

Address: Near Wheataley, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX33 1JZ

Visit the Waterperry Gardens Website to plan your visit.