Country House Gardens


Within easy reach of Oxford

University of Oxford Botanic gardens

This Garden is a national reference collection of 7,000 different types of plant, making it the most compact yet diverse collection of plants in the World – there is even more biological diversity here than there is in tropical rain forests and other biodiversity hotspots.

Open year round though admission times and charges do vary according to the time of year.

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
7 miles
Early 18th century palace built by Sir John Vanbrugh for the Dukes of Marlborough
Palace, garden and park 13 February – Sunday 31 October open daily
Palace 10.30-4.45pm
Park 9am-4.45pm

Kelmscott Manor, near Lechlade
24 miles
Largely Elizabethan gabled manor house, once country residence of pre-Raphaelite, William Morris, now run by the Society of Antiquaries.
House and garden April-September, Wednesdays and 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month
11am-4.30pm (last admission)
Timed tickets, ticket office opens at 10.30am

Ashdown House, Lambourn, near Newbury
30 miles
Dutch-inspired 17th-century house owned by the National Trust
House and garden 3 April-30 October
Wednesdays and Saturdays
Guided tours only
2.15, 3.15, 4.15pm

Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
23 miles
Grand 19th-century mansion built by the Rothschild family and filled with an outstanding collection of furniture, art and ceramics.
House and garden 31 March-31 October
Wednesday to Sunday and BH Mondays
12 noon-4pm Wednesday to Friday
11am-4pm Saturdays and Sundays




Chastleton House, near Chipping Norton
24 miles
Jacobean gem of a house and garden, set in beautiful rolling Cotswold countryside, run by the National Trust.
Open 24 March-25 September
Wednesday-Saturday inc. 1-4pm (last admission)
1-30th October
Wednesday-Saturday 1-3pm (last admission)
Admission by timed ticket

Hidcote Manor Garden, near Moreton in Marsh
40 miles
One of England’s most famous gardens, owned by the National Trust
Open 27 February-7 March Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm
13 March-27 June, Monday to Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
28 June-29 August, daily 10am-6pm
30 August-29 September, Monday to Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm
2 October-31 October Monday to Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday10am-5pm
6 November-19 December Saturday and Sunday 12-4pm
Last admission one hour before closing

Snowshill Manor, near Broadway
36 miles
Exceptional house and garden with large collection of unusual objects, run by the National Trust
House 13 March-31 October Wednesday to Sunday and BH Mondays, 12 noon-4.10pm (last admission)
Timed ticket system
House closes 31st October. Shop, restaurant and grounds open 6th November 12th December.

Lodge Park, between Northleach and Burford
25 miles
Unique survival of a 17th-century grandstand, reconstructed by the National Trust
Grandstand 12th March -31st October Friday-Sunday, 11-4pm
Open 11th – 12th December
Occasionally closed for weddings