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Rousham House


Rousham, Tackley, Oxfordshire, OX25 4QX

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Rousham and its landscape garden should be a place of pilgrimage for students of the work of William Kent (1685-1748). Rousham represents the first phase of English landscape design and remains almost as Kent left it, one of the few gardens of this date to have escaped alteration, with many features which delighted 18th century visitors to Rousham still in situ, such as the ponds and cascades in Venus Vale, the Cold Bath, and seven arched Praeneste, Townsend's Building, the Temple of the Mill, and, on the skyline, a sham ruin known as the 'Eyecatcher'.

The house, built in 1635 by Sir Robert Dormer, is still in the ownership of the same family. Kent added the wings and the stable block. The south front is almost as Kent left it, but for the replacement of the octagonal glazing with plain glass. This was unfortunately carried out by the architect St Aubyn when he added the north side of the house in 1876. Kent made alterations to the interior of the house, which retains some 17th century panelling and the original staircases, furniture, pictures and bronzes.

Don't miss the walled garden with its herbaceous borders, small parterre, pigeon house and espalier apple trees. A fine herd of rare Long-Horn cattle are to be seen in the park. Rousham is uncommercial and unspoilt with no tea room and no shop. Bring a picnic, wear comfortable shoes and it is yours for the day.

Rousham is also available for wedding receptions and fashion or other photographic shoots.

No children under 15. No dogs.

The gardens are open daily, all year round, 10am-4.30pm (last entry).

The house is open to groups (by prior arrangement), any day from May-September (inclusive).

Admission: Garden £5; House (by prior arrangement only) £10 per person (which includes admission to the gardens), minimum group charge of £120.

Guide Prices

Tickets for the garden are £5 per person.

The house is only open by prior arrangement. Tickets are £10 per person (which includes admission to the gardens), with a mimimum fee of £120.


Road Directions

By Road:
Nearest major road is M40. A4260 and B4030

By Public Transport:
Nearest station is Heyford.



  • Picnic area

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Public toilets


Opening Times

* Rousham Gardens are open every day of the year from 10 am. Last admission is at 4.30 pm, and they close at dusk.

Rousham House is only open to groups by prior arrangement, any day from May-September (inclusive).

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