Gardens to Visit in Oxfordshire

Many historic gardens grace this ancient county, filled with elegant stately houses and old market towns. Oxford boasts one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world, and one of the nation's greatest 18th century landscaped parklands can be found at Blenheim Palace.

Buscot Park

Buscot Park House

© National Trust Images/David Sellman

Magnificent 18th-c Palladian mansion, set in picturesque landscaped parkland. It has some of the most unforgettable water gardens, by Harold Peto. The water flows through a canal that steps down a gentle incline, bordered by clipped box and Irish Yews. It widens and narrows, flowing under little bridges and occasionally bursting forth into playful fountains, finishing in a wide lake with temples and follies.

Facilities: parking, café
Open: April to September
Address: Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 8BU
Tel: 01367 240786
Web: buscot-park.com/

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace Maze

Blenheim Maze © Blenheim Palace

Surrounding this baroque style mansion are some of the most beautiful formal and walled gardens. That lead out into 2100 acres of parkland, landscaped by 'Capability' Brown. A walk though the grounds leads to an arboretum, a rose garden and formal water gardens. Attractions include a maze, a narrow gauge railway and an adventure playground.

Facilities: parking, shop, cafés and restaurants
Open: all year, daily
Address: Woodstock, OX20 1PX
Tel: 08700 602080
Web: blenheimpalace.com

Chastleton House

Chastleton House Gardens

© National Trust Images/James Dobson

One of Britain's finest Jacobean country residences. The house and gardens, which have remained virtually unchanged since its construction in 1603, are now lovingly conserved by the National Trust. The gardens are laid-out in a typical Elizabethan style with Jacobean topiary.

Facilities: parking, picnic area
Open: March to September
Address: Chastleton, Oxfordshire GL56 0SU
Tel: Tel: 01608 674981
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Greys Court

Greys Court in Spring

© National Trust Images/Andreas von Einsiedel

A 16th-c brick built Tudor style house with walled gardens, ornamental vegetable gardens and a maze. The remains of a medieval fortified tower provides a romantic backdrop.

Facilities: parking, tea room, shop
Open: all year, daily
Address: Rotherfield Greys, H.o.T. RG9 4PG
Tel: 01491 628529 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Rousham House

Rosa Robert Winston

Rosa 'Robert Winston' © Seasonal Gardening

An attractive castellated mansion, built in 1635 by Sir Robert Dormer. Later owned and modified by William Kent (1685-1748), whose landscaped gardens still remain. The traditional English landscape design retains many of its early features, including the Temple of the Mill and the cascades in Venus's Vale.

Facilities: parking
Open: all year, daily
Address: Rousham, OX25 4QX
Tel: 01869 347110
Web: rousham.org

Stonor House & Park

Stonor House Ariel View

Stonor House Ariel View © John Fielding (CC2)

A 12th-c Tudor style mansion house set in a wooded valley with beautiful gardens and a vast deer park.

Facilities: parking, café, shop
Open: April to September
Address: Stonor RG9 6HF
Tel: 01491 638587
Web: stonor.com

Sulgrave Manor

Sulgrave Manor

Sulgrave Manor © Cathy Cox (CC2)

Home to the gardens of the Herb Society. Packed with a wide variety of plants and herbs, introduced mainly from the Americas by the ancestors of George Washington, as well as other culinary and medicinal plants.

Facilities: parking, restaurant, picnic area
Open: mid April to September
Address: Manor Road, Banbury OX17 2SD
Tel: 01295 760205
Web: sulgravemanor.org.uk

Waterperry

Formal Gardens © Gerald Massey (CC2)

Long established eight acre ornamental and formal gardens with alpines, dwarf conifers, traditional knot gardens, island beds and herbaceous borders. Good Summer and late season interest. Look out for its many secret corners and rewarding long vistas.

Facilities: parking, shop, tea shop, museum
Open: Spring to November
Address: Nr Wheatley, Oxfordshire OX33 1JZ
Tel: 01844 339 226
Web: waterperrygardens.co.uk


Due to the wide variations in opening times, and seasonal changes, we are only able to state the core months in which these gardens are open. For details of the actual days and times of opening, please visit the garden's website using the link provided or call them using the telephone number listed.

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