Overview

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
Opening

2020

2 April to 27 September: Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays.

11am to 5pm. Last entry 4pm.

For enquiries, please email enquiries@sulgravemanor.org.uk.

Find Us
Find us

Sulgrave Manor is in the village of Sulgrave just off the B4525 road from Banbury to Northampton.

Sulgrave is about half an hour from Oxford, Stratford and Warwick and ninety minutes from London via the M1 or M40.

The nearest station is Banbury. There are regular direct trains from London Oxford, Birmingham, and Stratford-Upon-Avon as well as direct links to other major towns and cities. There is a taxi rank at Banbury station and the journey takes about 15 minutes.

 

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Standard Adult: £8.00
Concession: £6.75
Child (Age 5-16): £3.60
Family (2 adults, 3 children): £20.00

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Access statement available
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups are welcome 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.

Find out more.

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Forthcoming Tours

12 May 2020
2PM - 4PM | £16.00

14 Jul 2020
2PM - 4PM | £16.00

22 Sep 2020
2PM - 4PM | £16.00

Tour Overview

Enjoy an in-depth guided tour of the ancestral home of George Washington, first President of the United States of America.

Explore the shifting fortunes of the Washington family since the manor was built in 1539 and discover how and why the Anglo-American Peace Committee rescued the Manor in 1914. The period rooms are furnished with artworks and artefacts from the 16th – 19th centuries, and there is time after the tour to stroll in the peaceful garden designed by arts and crafts architect Sir Reginald Blomfield in 1920.

TOUR DURATION

2 hours including refreshments.

TOUR PRICES

£16.00 per person.

REFRESHMENTS

Tea/coffee and cake included.

ACCESS NOTES

There is a car/coach park adjacent to the Manor along with limited blue badge parking spaces closer to the entrance buildings. An accessible toilet is available in our toilet block. Surfaces and paths around the property are uneven, gravelled and stepped. The interior of the house is small, the floors are uneven with several thresholds and steps, and the upper level is only accessible by stairs. Seating is limited. It is helpful for us to know in advance if any of your party have limited mobility, or other needs that you think it would be useful for us to be aware of.

RESTRICTIONS

Assistance Dogs only. To protect the historic interiors and contents, large bags, rucksacks and stiletto heels are not allowed inside the manor house.

Weddings

A unique heritage venue with bespoke weddings held in the house, barn and gardens all set in a beautiful conservation area.

Get married in a Tudor hall or in our stately barn in the picturesque village of Sulgrave on the Oxfordshire/Northamptonshire border.

Enjoy your reception in our beautiful grounds, whether it be in a tepee on the lawns or in the grandeur of our barn.

Staff at Sulgrave Manor are ready to help with every detail of your wedding and can provide a one stop shop for all your wedding needs while allowing you the freedom to make your own choices and create a truly bespoke event.

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Guest parking
  • Accessible parking

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

We offer corporate hire for all your company's needs.

Sulgrave Manor

 

Our OFFER

  • Wifi
  • Refreshments
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Lunch

Opening
Opening

2020

2 April to 27 September: Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays.

11am to 5pm. Last entry 4pm.

For enquiries, please email enquiries@sulgravemanor.org.uk.

Find Us
Find us

Sulgrave Manor is in the village of Sulgrave just off the B4525 road from Banbury to Northampton.

Sulgrave is about half an hour from Oxford, Stratford and Warwick and ninety minutes from London via the M1 or M40.

The nearest station is Banbury. There are regular direct trains from London Oxford, Birmingham, and Stratford-Upon-Avon as well as direct links to other major towns and cities. There is a taxi rank at Banbury station and the journey takes about 15 minutes.

 

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Standard Adult: £8.00
Concession: £6.75
Child (Age 5-16): £3.60
Family (2 adults, 3 children): £20.00

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Access statement available
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups are welcome 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.

Find out more.

Other opening

Visit Sulgrave Manor

If you are looking to visit a delightful Tudor manor, with a country garden, and unique history with links to George Washington then Sulgrave Manor is the place. We invite you to discover the history and stories of Sulgrave or to simply relax with in the garden, creating great memories with your loved ones. 

We like to think that there is something here for everyone.

See our wide range of herbs in the Herb Garden, find the oldest Apple tree in our picturesque Orchard or stroll through our               herbaceous borders.

Do you have a young artist or adventurer or an eco-warrior in your family? Our explorer backpacks are full of exciting activities for families to enjoy. They are free to borrow, so don’t forget to pick yours up from the shop! 

In our Family Area visitors can get hands on making dens, climbing and playing in the mud kitchen. 

During school holidays (April - October) we run drop-in family friendly craft activities for a small charge per child in our learning space. Come along to make and take together.


School Visits

GET INSPIRED

We provide unforgettable learning experiences that inspire young people, bring them closer to nature, and make history come alive. Our creative, hands-on activities deepen pupils’ understanding and ignite their imaginations in our safe and captivating setting.

Sulgrave Manor welcomes over 200 school groups a year from all over the country.

We pride ourselves on providing schools with high-quality learning experiences which engage children and young people and enhance their learning inside the classroom.

Our award-winning Learning Programme brings the Tudor period and history of Sulgrave to life through hands-on activities including role play, object handling and interaction with costumed characters from our past.

Each of our programmes is linked to the National Curriculum and visits are led by fully trained members of the Learning Engagement Team.


Sulgrave Manor's history and features

Sulgrave Manor is home to an accredited museum collection and is open to the public during our open Season from April to September. Within the  Manor  we share stories about Sulgrave Manor and its owners . 

This is possible thanks to some of the most influential people on both sides of the Atlantic  who funded the restoration of Sulgrave Manor, the home of George Washington’s English ancestors, as part of the centenary commemorations for the Treaty of Ghent which established peace between Britain and the United States of America after the War of 1812.

Once purchased the restoration was delayed by the outbreak of the First World War, and Sulgrave Manor finally opened to the public on 21 June 1921.  In the same year, Sulgrave Manor Board (now Sulgrave Manor Trust) was established to preserve Sulgrave Manor for the public benefit and promote its historic and symbolic role in Anglo-American relations.

Today Sulgrave Manor is  an independent charity, existing entirely through the generosity of our donors, supporters and visitors.


Fun Facts

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.

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

The initiative for the purchase of Sulgrave Manor came from the Peace Centenary Committees set up in 1911 to determine how to commemorate the centenary of the Treaty of Ghent, which established peace between Britain and the USA in 1814.

Sulgrave Manor Trust was established in 1921 to care for Sulgrave Manor and today has specific responsibilities.

Alongside these aims it exists to promote Friendship and goodwill between the British and American peoples and Sulgrave Manor’s historic and symbolic role as a centre for such sentiments.