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“Small and Simple but interesting Castle / Historic House”
Review of Broughton Castle

Broughton Castle
Ranked #2 of 36 things to do in Banbury
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A moated fortified manor house, about 2 miles west of Banbury. Built in 1300 and then later added to in 1550, the Castle had strong links with the Parliamentary side in the English Civil War (1642-51). Still a family home, Broughton Castle is lived in by Lord & Lady Saye & Sele of the Fiennes family. Beautiful formal garden and park, particularly during the summer months. Public open days will resume from the beginning of April 2017 (2pm - 5pm Wednesdays and Sundays). We are open for group tours at any time of the year by appointment. We have a recently refurbished tea room offering light lunches and delicious afternoon teas,
Reviewed 18 September 2017

We went here with my brother as he is a real fan of visiting historic buildings and houses as he and his wife were staying with us for the weekend. The castle has limited opening days and hours so do check their website to see when you can visit them. We went in Early September at a weekend when they opened at 2pm.

We arrived early so went to the nearby Saye and Sele Arms for something to eat and drink and ( see my separate Trip Advisor review on that.) Even when we returned from the pub we were still a little early so we made a short visit to the church nearby.

There is ample parking at the castle and accessed by a single lane road. Then it is a short walk from the car park ( the only place where there is a toilet) to the castle entrance.

The castle is surrounded by a water filled moat with a bridge to access the walled area of the castle. On entering the main building you come into the massive, but beautiful, main hall which has lots of interesting items in it, but is appropriately and simply furnished. After that there are numerous smaller rooms which are simple but interesting. The room guides were very helpful.

Once you get to the roof there are some great views over the parkland and the lovely gardens.

There is a small cafe here but we did not use it so i cannot comment on that.

Thank RolandPJ
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

Visited at the end of the Summer holidays, so relatively few other visitors. A wonderful 'homely' feel, as the castle is still lived in by the family.

The entrance to the castle from the main road is narrow - single lane - be aware that someone may be coning in the opposite direction!

The impressive 'state' rooms feature wonderful ornate plaster ceilings and Chinese wallpaper. Some of the 'guides' do not seem to be overly familiar with their subject matter - the type / pattern of the tea settings - but perhaps these are minor details.

The tea shop is excellent - good quality food in congenial surroundings. It's hard to believe that one gardener copes with all this lot - a stunning display of roses in late Summer. All in all, a great example of a family enterprise, which only exists due to the commitment of the family still in residence. Oh yes - buy the book 'The Music Room'. Go and visit - you won't be disappointed!

1  Thank Eirene Maya S
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

Didnt know this place existed until we arrived in Banbury and picked up an information leaflet. It is a wonderful place to visit. Full of history about the Fiennes family. Lovely garden. Really good tea shop. Very friendly informative staff. A must do if your in the area.

Thank 25gilly7
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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Stunning moated fortified Manor House. The route through the rooms of the house was very well planned and overall it was well worth the 120 mile round trip to visit it. Well-informed and friendly room stewards were the icing on the cake. Oh, and the cake in the tearoom was fab!

Thank meridian53
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

A wonderful experience that will live in the memory. Such kindness to a disabled lady and her friends.

Thank Richard186288
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