Broughton Castle is a moated and fortified manor house near Banbury in North Oxfordshire.
Set in parkland and built of the rich local Hornton ironstone, it was selected by Simon Jenkins as one of only twenty to be awarded five stars in his book England’s Thousand Best Houses.
The core of the house was built in 1306 and the gatehouse in the early 15th century, but most of what you see today dates from the 1550’s.
Broughton was a centre of opposition to Charles I and was besieged and damaged after the Battle of Edgehill in 1642.
The Castle is home to the 21st Lord and Lady Saye & Sele, whose family name is Fiennes. The ownership of the Castle has remained in the same family since 1447.
Today’s opening hours
1 April to 30 September.
Open to the public (and groups) on a free flow basis from 2-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) on Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays
1 April to 30 September.
Open to the public (and groups) on a free flow basis from 2-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) on Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.
Broughton Castle is 2.5 miles from the centre of Banbury, 3 miles from Junction 11 of the M40.
At Banbury Cross take the B4035 west signposted to Shipston on Stour then, after about two miles, turn right in Broughton village at the crossroads by the Saye & Sele Arms pub.
At the bottom of the hill turn left into the drive. The car park is on your left before the Church.
Train to Banbury Station and then taxi to Broughton Castle.
Car park on site
Historic Houses members visit for free.
Child: £5 child (5-15yrs)
Garden only: £5
- Guide dogs welcome
- Accessible toilets
Groups of any size can book a private tour by appointment. Please note that groups of less than 23 people will be charged our minimum fee of £200. Please pay by cash or cheque on the day of your visit. Cheques payable to The Castle Commercial Partnership.
Concessions (students and over 65): £9
Children (5 -15): £6
Garden Only: £6
Wheelchair users (ground floor only) £6
The capacity of the tearoom is 56 people. All food and drink for private groups must be ordered in advance.
A word from the owner
Broughton Castle is a family home and we are often here on open days, helping to steward the rooms and car park duties etc. We hope you enjoy your visit.
After the nearby Battle of Edgehill in 1642 the local superiority of the Royalists enabled them to lay siege to the Castle which was captured and occupied. The need for repairs is reflected in the date 1655 on the gatehouse.
Further outbuildings may have been damaged or destroyed and the Castle may have remained in poor condition: in the late 1690’s Celia Fiennes describes “my brother Saye’s house being much left to decay and ruine”.
The 18th century was by contrast uneventful; but in the 19th century, William Thomas, 15th Lord Saye & Sele, indulged in a life of frivolity and extravagance as one of the set surrounding the Prince Regent and the Count d’Orsay.
The family then lived at the more fashionable Belvedere at Erith in Kent and their neglect of the Castle caused it to be noted in 1819 that the rooms were ‘daily dilapidating from misuse’.
In 1837 the bulk of the contents were disposed of in a twelve-day sale, the last item being the swans on the moat. It is ironic that the squandering of the family fortune in the Regency period almost certainly saved Broughton from the architectural excesses of the Victorian age.
The castle and grounds are also available for corporate events, small conferences and promotional events.
We welcome visits from primary and secondary schools.
Children under 15yrs £6 for a private tour (minimum group charge £200).
Students over 15yrs £9 for a private tour (minimum group charge £200).