"Broughton Castle ... about the most beautiful castle in all England ... for sheer loveliness of the combination of water, woods and picturesque buildings."
A generous tribute from historian Sir Charles Oman in 1898, and one continued by the noted diarist James Lees-Milne in a 1989 entry"It is still the most romantic house imaginable. English to the core, as Henry James says. ... Perfection, what with moat, gatehouse, church, and gorgeous orange and buff stone".
A more recent accolade came in 2003 in England's Thousand Best Houses by Sir Simon Jenkins. The author gives only twenty of the thousand houses five stars — and Broughton Castle is proud to be one of them.
On this site you can plan your visit, explore the castle and the garden, pick up teaching materials for school visits, do some games on the children's pages, and learn about some of the variety of events and goings-on in the Castle's Life. Check the film page too for more on Broughton’s illustrious career in the movies, or the Archive section for various interesting articles and documents. We hope you'll get the chance to visit us.
The photograph at the top of the page is by Andrew Lawson. It shows the West end of the Castle from across the moat in the late evening summer sun. A time when the "orange and buff" Oxfordshire ironstone comes alive.