Broughton Grange, Banbury

Broughton Grange Gardens & Arboretum, Banbury
Wykham Lane, Broughton
OX15 5DS

About Broughton Grange

Broughton Grange is set in over 400 acres of parkland, farmland and open meadow overlooking a beautiful Oxfordshire valley, with parkland planting that owes its origins to the Victorian era.

A magnificent example of contemporary British gardens, its history dates back to 1620, initially as a small farm cottage associated with the Saye and Sele estate at neighbouring Broughton Castle.

The site was developed over time into an estate in its own right. The Morrell family owned it for some 200 years until purchased by the present owners in 1992.

In the early 20th century and under the ownership of Lady Ottoline and Philip Morrell, figures such as Bertrand Russell and Lytton Strachey were entertained on the estate.

Although not ultimately fond of Broughton, Lady Ottoline wrote to Russell, “I think the country looks very charming, very secluded; the trees and air and stillness are so delightful”.

Over the last 25 years, Broughton Grange and its gardens have been substantially transformed such that it is now recognised as one of the most significant private contemporary gardens in Britain.

It is a richly varied, respectfully maintained place that includes a walled garden, orchard, arboretum, ornate fountains and many other feasts for the senses.

The gardens have opened for visitors since 2004 under the National Gardens Scheme (NGS).

Broughton Grange is open to visitors with limited opening hours, so please check before your visit.

As a guide, the Gardens, Arboretum and Plant Nursery in 2022 were open on Wednesdays between May to the end of September, from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Group bookings were by appointment on Tuesdays only.

Images from left to right, top to bottom: Images from left to right, top to bottom: Upper Terrace, Middle Terrace, Lower Terrace, Paddock Walk, Yew Terrace, Orchard, Spring Walk, Knot Garden, Parterre & Rose Garden, Long Borders, Fountain Garden, Peat Terrace Garden, Bamboo Garden, Stumpery, Arboretum, Water Meadow, Lower Terrace

Estate map

Broughton Grange Gardens Map

Getting there

From M40, exit junction 11 (A361) follow signs A361 Chipping Norton.

Continue out of Banbury, pass Tudor Hall School on the left and take the next right onto Wykham Lane in the direction of Broughton (single track road).

Broughton Grange is approximately 1km on the left.

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