Country Houses and Gardens in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire is a county blessed with a wonderful array country houses and gardens. UNESCO World Heritage site of Blenheim Palace in Woodstock is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and is home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough. It has over 300 years of history to discover ad more than 2000 acres of landscaped parkland and gardens to explore. Nearby is Cogges Manor Farm, a 13th-century manor house and scheduled ancient monument with a farmyard and walled garden.

Visit Broughton Castle in Banbury and explore a fourteenth century fortified manor house set within a moat. Its gardens are delightful with the Ladies Garden particularly looking beautiful in summer and boast a variety of roses and borders stocked with perennials and shrubs.

Batsford Arboretum is home to one of the country’s largest private tree collection with 56 acres of wild gardens, paths, streams and stunning views – especially during Autumn. They also have a garden centre where you can pick up expert gardening tips and everything you need for the garden and allotment.

The city of Oxford is full of green spaces to relax and unwind. The high walls of Oxford’s time-honoured colleges enclose peaceful gardens, such as Wadham College‘s lush gardens and Britain’s oldest Botanical Garden occupies a charming position on the River Cherwell in the heart of Oxford. The city’s many parks and meadows like Christ Church Meadows, South Parks, University Parks and Port Meadow are some of the best parks you can visit in Oxford.

Tours

Take a cycle tour with the Carter Company or Bainton Bikes to explore the county or book a chauffeur-driven guided tour to visit the beautiful country houses. Find all tours listed here.

Guidebooks & Information

Oxfordshire’s scenic beauty and lush gardens are a delight for all senses, whatever the season or weather. Long distance footpaths like the Ridgeway, Thames Path and Shakespeare Way run through the county, with hundreds of miles of wonderful walking. We have a great walk mapped out for the Oxfordshire Thames Path in our 2017 visitor guide you can enjoy. Or get one of our guide books and explore more exciting footpaths! If you need any ideas, feel free to visit our Oxford Visitor Information Centre down Broad Street – we are full of ideas and can help you plan the perfect walk in the county.

Download our country houses and gardens guide here and explore 8 of the most beautiful historic houses and gardens in the country and surrounding areas. The guide also includes special events taking place at these venues over the year, a 2 for 1 voucher to visit Broughton Castle and a competition for the chance to WIN a free pass to visit 6 country houses and gardens!

There are many more country houses and gardens in Oxfordshire listed below with remarkable storehouses of stories waiting to be discovered.

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