Broughton Castle

Type:Historic House / Palace

Banbury, Oxon, OX15 5EB

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Broughton Castle is essentially a family home lived in by Lord and Lady Saye and Sele and their family. The original medieval manor house, of which much remains today, was built in about 1300 by Sir John de Broughton. It stands on an island surrounded by a three acre moat. The castle was greatly enlarged between 1550 and 1600, at which time it was embellished with magnificent plaster ceilings, splendid panelling and fine fireplaces.

During the 17th century William, 8th Lord Saye and Sele, played a leading role in national affairs. He opposed Charles 1's efforts to rule without Parliament and Broughton became a secret meeting place for the King's opponents.

During the Civil War William raised a regiment and he and his four sons all fought at the nearby Battle of Edgehill. After the battle the Castle was besieged and captured.

Arms and armour of the Civil War period and from other periods are displayed in the Great Hall. Visitors may also see the gatehouse, gardens and park together with the nearby 14th century parish church of St Mary, in which there are many family tombs, memorials and hatchments.

The gardens are delightful; the Ladies Garden is particularly beautiful in summer, boasting a variety of roses and borders stocked with perennials and shrubs.

This year we've opened our brand-new 56 place tearoom (more seating outside) complete with wood burning stove. The tearoom provides a variety of delicious refreshments on open days, and also caters for private groups and events.
Our gift shop stocks a range of bespoke Broughton Castle merchandise. We also have a small selection of children's toys.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£11.00 adult
Child£7.00 child
Concession£10.00 concession
Garden Only£7.00 anybody

Please contact us for group prices.


Road Directions

By Road:Nearest major road is M40. Through Banbury to B4035, towards Shipston on Stour. Brown sign in Broughton village.By Public Transport:Nearest station is Banbury. Go to Banbury Cross then B4035 to Broughton.Accessible by Public Transport: Banbury station is 2 miles away.



  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • Café
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering

Establishment Features

  • Cater for Corporate events
  • Cater for groups
  • Cater for school groups
  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs on Lead Only
  • Event venue
  • Gift shop
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Open all year
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Film or TV location

Parking & Transport

  • Parking

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted


Opening Times

* We offer guided tours to groups throughout the year by appointment on any day but are also open to the public (and groups) on a free flow basis from 2-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) on Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 1 April until 30 September.


  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2017

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