FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHEN CAN WE VISIT?

We offer guided tours to groups throughout the year by appointment on any day but are also open to the public (and groups) on a free flow basis from 2-5pm on Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 1 April until 30 September. The Castle, Garden and Tearoom all open at 2pm.  Last admission to the castle is 4.30pm.  The Garden and Tearoom are open until 5pm. The tearoom serves drinks and cakes. Broughton Castle is 2.5 miles from the centre of Banbury, 3 miles from Junction 11 of the M40.

PLEASE NOTE – THE CASTLE WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY 29 AUGUST 2022, WEDNESDAY 31 AUGUST 2022 AND WEDNESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2022 DUE TO PRIVATE EVENTS.

HOW DO WE BOOK? DO WE HAVE TO BOOK IN ADVANCE FOR AN OPEN DAY?

You can book online. April and May tickets are released on 14 March, June and July will be released on 14 May and August and September will be released on 14 July.  Booking online guarantees the time you will be admitted to the castle.  If you prefer not to book in advance, you can just turn up and we will get you into the castle as soon as there is a space (you can visit the garden and tearoom first if there is a wait time).

IF I HAVE A 2 for 1 VOUCHER HOW DO I BOOK ONLINE?

If you have a voucher that permits 2 for 1 entry please book one full adult (£10) and then ensure that you bring the voucher with you on the day of your visit (and check it is still valid before you book) to gain free entry for the second full paying adult ticket.  If you do not have a valid voucher you will be required to purchase another ticket for £10 when you arrive.

HOW DO I  VISIT IF I AM A MEMBER OF HISTORIC HOUSES?

Please ensure that you bring your membership card with you to gain entry without paying on any open day.  You can also book in advance to guarantee an entry slot.

DO I HAVE TO PRINT MY ONLINE TICKETS BOUGHT IN ADVANCE?

You do not need to print the tickets that are emailed to you but it is recommended that you screen shot the ticket (the whole ticket please, not just the code) as the signal can be unreliable at times.

IS PARKING FREE FOR PAYING VISITORS?

Coaches and cars enter the grounds through the main gate by the lodge and then turn first left into the parking area next to the church. There is no parking charge for paying visitors. Coach drivers are permitted free entry to the Castle (open days and private tours) but all refreshments must be paid for.

WHERE ARE THE TOILETS?  

These are in the car park – please note there are no public facilities within the moated area or the castle.  (The Castle is approximately 300 paces from the car park.)

HOW DO I MAKE PAYMENT?  

If you do not purchase your tickets in advance online please pay our gate staff by card on the day that you visit.

For private group visits we prefer you to pay by card on the day of your visit please.

HOW LONG IS THE TOUR?

Free flow tours on open days 2pm – 4.30pm. Please go at your own pace.

Private tours of the Castle take approximately 75 minutes.

WHAT CAN I DO IF I AM WORRIED ABOUT ANY OF THE CATTLE AND/OR SHEEP IN THE PARK?

The farmer checks the cattle and sheep at least twice a day.  If there is an emergency situation with the animals please contact Wykham Park Farm.

HOW DO I MAKE A  BOOKING FOR AN EVENT OR PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR?

CAN I HAVE A PICNIC IN THE PARK?

Only paying visitors are permitted to picnic in the parkPlease purchase you tickets online in advance and ensure you have your tickets with you at all times.  Picnics are not permitted inside the moat (or beyond the black railings).

ARE DOGS ALLOWED IN THE PARK AND GARDEN?

Yes. Dogs on leads (at all times please) are very welcome.