Sulgrave Manor

The family home of President George Washington, Sulgrave Manor was rescued from dereliction in 1914.

Manor Road, Sulgrave, Near Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17 2SD

Sulgrave Manor is the former home of the Washington family
Free for members
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Facilities for children
  • Free parking
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Access statement available
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Sulgrave Manor was built in 1539 for Tudor wool merchant Lawrence Washington, a direct ancestor of George Washington, the future first President of the United States. It remained in the ownership of the Washington family for only two generations, and was sold out of the family in 1659. Substantial alterations were made to the house in the 18th century and during the following century it was inhabited by a succession of tenant farmers.

Sulgrave Manor was rescued from dereliction in 1914 when it was purchased by the Anglo-American Peace Centenary Committee as part of the commemorations of the Treaty of Ghent, which established peace between Britain and the USA in 1814. The house and gardens were restored by arts and crafts architect Sir Reginald Blomfield and opened to the public in 1921.

Sulgrave Manor Trust was established in 1921 to preserve the Manor for public benefit, to promote its historic and symbolic role in Anglo-American relations and to encourage friendship and goodwill between the British and American peoples. Set in a picturesque village, close to both Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon, our compact size, peaceful gardens and unique story make us an ideal place to explore.

Opening Times


Manor and Gardens: 5 April to 3 October, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday.

10.30am to 4pm. Last entry at 3.30pm.

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Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

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Historic Houses members visit for free. Members should choose the Historic Houses Members ticket option when booking online.

Standard Adult: £8.00
Concession: £7.50
Child (Age 5-16): £3.50
Family (2 adults, 3 children): £22.00

Group Visits

Groups are welcome on Thursdays all through the year by prior arrangement only.

We can offer private tours for individuals (4-10 people) with one of our senior guides. Prices are on request and this must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance.

We can also offer for groups of 20 or more, guided tours of the house and garden.

  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Access statement available
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Dr Steven Knapp, President of George Washington University, Washington DC

There is no richer symbol of the deep historical and cultural connection between our two nations than the ancestral home of the leading founder of the United States.

Sulgrave Manor four poster bed

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