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Rousham Gardens

A pristine and tranquil slice of unspoilt old England.

  • 4.6

  • from 220 Google reviews

A castle with a clock tower in the middle of a field
A castle with a clock tower in the middle of a field

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Rousham House by Jason Ballard. CC BY 2.0

About the garden

As one of only two English gardens featured in Monty Don’s ‘Around the World in 80 Gardens’, Rousham was described as ‘the very best of English gardens’. It is widely considered to be one of the UK’s most significant garden designs, remaining almost in the same state as William Kent left it in the early 18th century. Indeed, many of the same features which delighted its earliest visitors are still present for modern tourists of all nations to enjoy.

Beside the impressive Rousham House lies a kitchen garden, with a parterre, pigeon house and herbaceous borders, alongside espaliered fruit trees. Across the opposite side of the bowling green you will find the pleasure grounds, complete with statues, follies, ponds and a rill. This area is enclosed on one side by the River Cherwell and to the other by a mature parkland with a herd of Longhorns.

With no tea room or gift shop, there are no distractions - just beautiful gardens to explore to your heart’s content - be sure to pack a picnic and comfortable shoes for the day.

Under 15s Policy

Please note that children under 15 are not permitted to enter the grounds at Rousham without permission.

Opening times

10.00AM to 4.30PM Every day

Useful details

Garden area

25 Acres

Dog walking

No - Guide dogs only.

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site


No - Children are not allowed.

Bicycle storage

Yes - No racks but plenty of space to lock up bicycles.

Wheelchair access

Mostly inaccessible (some paths moderately flat and paved).



Oxfordshire, OX25 4QU

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Find the garden

Rousham Gardens
OX25 4QU
Sat Nav Postcode
OX25 4QU
Public Transport
S4 bus route from Magdalen St, Oxford or Banbury and by train to Heyford station 15 minutes walk from the gardens.
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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 220 Google reviews

Richard Martin

3 months ago


An excellent place to visit for a quiet and relaxing stroll around a wooded garden. No frills, no cafe, no shop, no dogs and no under 15s.

Andy Thirtle

5 months ago


Beautiful vistas. If the weather is in it take a picnic as there's plenty of places to stop and while away some time. Highlights are the walled garden, the dahlias (late summer, obvs), the area by the dovecote and the rill.

Tim Huddleston

4 months ago


This is my favourite garden, always something to see throughout spring summer and autumn. dahlias roses veg garden. Bridgeman designed.


4 months ago


Lovely and peaceful,could spend a whole day here but really needs a tea room

Jayne Sabin

4 months ago


Beautiful gardens, excellent value for money unlike National Trust, untouched and not commercial.

Contact the garden

01869 347110

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