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Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

One of Oxfordshire’s top venues and one of the most beautiful wildlife attractions in the country. It is a superb mix of animals, landscaped parkland...

Rousham

Rousham
Tackley
Oxfordshire
OX25 4QX

Tel: +44 01869 347110

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The Gardens of Rousham House - © Harpur Gardens

Rousham and its landscape garden should be a place of pilgrimage for students of the work of William Kent (1685–1748). Rousham represents the first phase of English landscape design and remains almost as Kent left it, one of the few gardens of this date to have escaped alteration, with many features which delighted 18th century visitors to Rousham still in situ, such as the ponds and cascades in Venus’ Vale, the Cold Bath, and seven arched Praeneste, Townsend’s Building, the Temple of the Mill, and, on the skyline, a sham ruin known as the ‘Eyecatcher’.  Garden writer and broadcaster Monty Don cites this as one of his favourite gardens in the country.

The house, built in 1635 by Sir Robert Dormer, is still in the ownership of the same family. Kent added the wings and the stable block. The south front is almost as Kent left it, but for the replacement of the octagonal glazing with plain glass. This was unfortunately carried out by the architect St Aubyn when he added the north side of the house in 1876. Kent made alterations to the interior of the house, which retains some 17th century panelling and the original staircases, furniture, pictures and bronzes.

Don’t miss the walled garden with its herbaceous borders, small parterre, pigeon house and espalier apple trees. A fine herd of rare Long-Horn cattle are to be seen in the park. Rousham is uncommercial and unspoilt with no tea room and no shop. Bring a picnic, wear comfortable shoes and it is yours for the day.

Rousham is also available for wedding receptions and fashion or other photographic shoots.

No children under 15. No dogs.

The gardens are open daily, all year, 10am–4.30pm (last entry). The house is open to groups (by prior arrangement) any day from May–September (inclusive)

Admission: Garden £6; House (open by prior arrangement only) £12 per person (including admission to the gardens), minimum charge of £144

View the video of Monty Don at Rousham
Watch the video of Monty Don at Rousham

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)
DayTimes
Monday10:0016:30*
Tuesday10:0016:30*
Wednesday10:0016:30*
Thursday10:0016:30*
Friday10:0016:30*
Saturday10:0016:30*
Sunday10:0016:30*
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Gardens£5.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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