Photo: Neil Hanson

Broughton Castle was built in the 13th century and then massively expanded in the 1550s. Now, it is a fantastic manor house set in the middle of a three acre moat, which lends the castle an imposing air as you approach. Once you walk across the traditional drawbridge, take one of the informative guided tours to explore the property and learn more about the extensive history of this wonderful castle.

A special feature of Broughton is that every area of the castle is accessible to visitors. The castle has been in the Fiennes family for generations, and it shows with the personal care and attention given to every aspect of the home. If you’re lucky, Lord or Lady Saye will be in residence and give you a personal tour of the house!

Stop by the Great Hall to see the incorporated original mediaeval hall that dates back to 1300. Explore the entirety of the parish church of St Mary to see a church that dates back further to the early 14th century! Look up in the Great Parlour to see the endearing plaster ceiling that is engraved with the initials REF (Richard and Elizabeth Fiennes), and the date, 1599. Broughton gives visitors a chance to step back in time and explore a castle that still very much evokes the tranquil living of the past.

It is easy to explore the grounds and be transported back centuries. Make sure to make time for Broughton’s expansive gardens which feature stunning fleur de lis flower beds. Established in the 1880s, the Ladies’ Garden was created to showcase roses and other bright plants for you to enjoy. Located beside the 16th century kitchens, the gardens give you a chance to explore the castle from the maidservant’s perspectives.

 

Broughton, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 5EB
Tel: 01295 276070
Times: 1st May – 15th September Wednesdays & Sundays 2pm – 5pm
Thursdays in July & August
Bank Holiday Sundays & Mondays 2 – 5pm