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Broughton Castle Gardens

Parkland, and formal gardens within a moated castle.

  • 4.7

  • from 538 Google reviews

A castle on top of a lake surrounded by a body of water
A castle on top of a lake surrounded by a body of water

Broughton castle2 by David Stowell. CC BY-SA 2.0

About the garden

With 3 acres of grounds surrounded by a moat, Broughton Castle has been a family home for over 500 years and the formal gardens feature charming fleur-de-lys shaped box hedging with traditional shrub roses in the adjacent beds. For lovers of colour, there are a rich variety of perennials in the herbaceous borders, which complement the old stone of the castle building.

The south-facing aspect makes these gardens a perfect place to soak up the sunshine, with the dramatic rear wall of the castle behind. The garden itself was thought to have been approved by Gertrude Jekyll, though its origins are shrouded in mystery and all that is known for certain is that it was laid out in 1890 - nearly 600 years after the grounds were first developed.

Set in wide swathes of parkland, the gardens and castle are not the only attraction here, and visitors will be delighted to discover that there is also a Tearoom for refreshments after a few hours exploring the grounds.

Opening times

30 May - 30 Sep 2021 Wednesdays, Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays 2PM - 5PM Last Entry 4.30PM

Useful details

Garden area

3 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Mostly inaccessible (some paths moderately flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop.

Oxfordshire, OX15 5EB

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OX15 5EB
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Google reviews

  • 4.7

  • from 538 Google reviews

Mark Short

7 months ago


Wonderful place. It's unchanged structurally since the late sixteenth century and dates back in part to the 1300s. Beautiful and atmospheric. Lots of historical interest. Most and gatehouse. Good teashop and gift shop. What I liked most was that it is a real family home still. No roped off areas, few explanatory signs (but great, helpful, knowledgeable guides). You get the sense that when the visitors and the guides have left the owners will just step back in with no changes made. I would have liked to know more about the current Lord Saye and Sele who seems to be a remarkable character.

Te Shan Liang

9 months ago


A little gem nearby Oxford that's worth a half day trip. More a fortified grand mansion than a castle with battlements and turrets, it nevertheless has the essential moat and a distinguished history dating back to the Magna Carta where the first Lord was a signatory of the historical deed. There are lovely rooms manned by knowledgeable stewards and a roof top view of the surrounding countryside, which if you are fortunate, may have the Lord of the castle himself providing the tour narrative. If you're lucky, you could be there when the rose garden is in full bloom.

Christine Turner

7 months ago


We enjoyed seeing the gardens, especially the view from the castle rooftop. Parterre was spectacular. We had a private tour of the castle which was very interesting.

Mhai Perez

a year ago


Staff are lovely and professional. The castle is well maintained and very cleaned. Have a lovely time exploring the castle which a history that should be proud of. Great time and nice ambiance of the castle.

kevin mills

9 months ago


My first visit to this the castle a few years ago it wasn't open, hence this return visit. This place is a must see , great grounds , great castle and moat. Historic house members get in free and entry when I visited was only on a Sunday and Wednesday 2pm-5pm (check before visiting). There are plenty of rooms to look at and there are knowledgeable volunteers in each room along with information booklets. You also get access to the roof which gives you wonderful views across the moat , grounds and countryside. There is a cafe and shop seperate to the castle . The only toilets on site are in the car park so use before you go in. Do check out the church as it has some wonderful tombs and wall art. Highly recommended

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01295 276070

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