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Broughton Castle

Broughton | OX15 5EB, Banbury, England
44 1295 276070
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Banbury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Cultural
Owner description: Moated fortified manor house, about 3 miles west of Banbury. Built in 1300 and then later added to...
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Type: Castles, Cultural
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.

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East Midlands
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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

It's tucked away just off a minor road a few miles to the south-west of Banbury, and it isn't open all the year round, so do check out their website for the opening times. That said, don't miss the chance to see it. This moated property has for about 700 years been the family home of the Fiennes family (now... More 

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MartinFiennes, Owner at Broughton Castle, responded to this review

Thank you HeritageHawk for your kind review, and indeed to all the other people who visited Broughton Castle this year and took the trouble to leave TripAdvisor comments. We enjoy and learn from the comments - even the one bad one (who came in on a day when we weren't open) reminded us to improve our signage and encourage people... More 

United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A real treat. History everywhere: building and contents, the moat, church and a wonderful atmosphere. There is a shop selling the usual gifts . Home cooked food was excellent. Beautiful gardens too.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

If you've read William Fienne's Snow Geese or The music room you'll know Broughton Castle. Fiennes clearly loves every tile and stone of it and having visited I could understand that. It is a beautiful place, both the romantic castle of our imagination and the very specific family home of history. Not all of it was romantic though: one Fiennes... More 

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8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Visited the castle during our recent stay in Oxfordshire - it isn't open every day so do check before going but it is well worth the entrance fee. Didn't realise the castle had been used as the location for so many films and TV programmes.

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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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134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
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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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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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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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17 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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