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Broughton Castle

Broughton | OX15 5EB, Banbury, England
44 1295 276070
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Banbury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
Owner description: Moated fortified manor house, about 3 miles west of Banbury. Built in 1300 and then later added to in 1550. Strong links with the Parliamentary side... more » Owner description: Moated fortified manor house, about 3 miles west of Banbury. Built in 1300 and then later added to in 1550. Strong links with the Parliamentary side in the English Civil War. Still a family home, lived in by Lord & Lady Saye & Sele of the Fiennes family. Beautiful formal garden and park.Public open days in 2014 - Wednesdays and Sundays from 2nd April to 17th September 2014. Also Thursdays in July and August, and Bank Holiday Mondays. Open from 2pm to 5pm (last admission 4.30). Open for groups at any time of the year by appointment. « less
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Mawsley
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

My wife and I recently visited Broughton Castle, Banbury, Oxfordshiire. I can honestly say this was one of the most interesting and enjoyable visits to a stately home we have ever made - and we've made quite a few! The Castle is a mediaeval, moated manor house which is still owned and occupied by the Saye and Sele family. It... More

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Gloucestershire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Visited here on a Wednesday afternoon and enjoyed looking around this lived in historical home. It was so clean everywhere (toilets/café/castle) and the guides were friendly and approachable. There are quite a few stairs to get to the rooms at the top of the castle (and to the roof for the view) but there were handrails and plenty of chairs... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This castle doesn't say much from the outside but it is worthwhile paying the £9 per adult and having a look in. The rooms are stunning! Big, airy, lots of light streaming in and you just wished you lived here. There are several volunteers in each room you can ask questions to or buy a self guide book for £4.... More

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solihull
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Having joined the HHA in May my wife and I have been visiting their properties local (Hagley Hall, Harvington Hall, Arbury Hall, Weston Park) and further afield( Blenheim Palace,Highclere Castle) and were glad that we decided on the last sunny Sunday afternoon to visit Broughton Castle. Arriving early for entrance (2.00) to the Castle via The Gatehouse (Built 1406) we... More

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Nassau, New Providence Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

It was a short quick visit but we will be back to see the inside. They should have more information on the original owner and builder Sir John de Broughton though. His name remains on the castle as does his name but there is no information on where he came from or what became of him.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

An impressive moated manor house with an interesting history. The castle feels very homely and the guides are friendly and interesting, some of them are members of the family. The gardens are also beautiful and we plan to go back when they are at their best. The tea room is lovely with a generous pot of tea and delicious home... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Visited this home with the Women's Institute of Milton under Wychwood, about 20 of us in total, Husbands numbering about 6,we had an extremely informative guide around this rather imposing moated house, not really a Castle ,the original barn type building erected in the 1300's then added to and built around in the 1500's,belonging to the same Family throughout History... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

If you want to see a castle that is both beautifully maintained and has a family in residence, then go to Broughton Castle. Since the 15th Century, the Fiennes family, Lord and Lady Saye&Sale,s have continuously lived in the castle. The rooms, furnishings, history are remarkable. Lord and Lady, son and grandson, were at the castle when we visited. They... More

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

What a hidden gem! Visited here this morning as part of a group and we could not have been made more welcome. Tea, coffee and cake was waiting for us when we arrived and then we were taken on a guided tour. The guide was so knowledgeable and really knew how to project her voice without shouting, mainly by looking... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The Fiennes family have a true treasure in their home which they are generous to share. The story of their history and the castle's role in battles, films and family life are all worth the visit. The gardens are lovely. Taking time to enjoy the setting with the church, mote and other surroundings makes and interesting day out. The gift... More

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