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Upton House and Gardens

Upton House, Upton, Banbury, Warwickshire, OX15 6HT

Discover Upton House and Gardens, the country house and weekend retreat, where 2nd Viscount Bearsted, Walter Samuel, created one of the finest art collections in twentieth-century Britain.

Immerse yourself in a remarkable range of world-class paintings, from Stubbs and Hogarth to Bosch and El Greco; see the porcelain and take a stroll in the gardens.

Inside, the house was extensively remodelled in the 1920s by Lord and Lady Bearsted to create a series of modern galleries to display one of the most significant private collections of European art assembled in twentieth-century Britain. No longer used as a home, Upton House is now a showcase for its fabulous collection of paintings and porcelain on the ground and lower ground floors.

Outside, as you enter the gardens the view opens out in front of you but can only truly be appreciated as you approach the ha-ha at the edge of the south lawn. Here you will discover rows of terraced planting tumbling down to the Kitchen Garden and Mirror Pool some 30m below.

Explore the pleasure garden that Kitty Lloyd Jones designed in the 1930s, with spaces to step away from busy lives.

Visitors coming over the Heritage Open Days festival can attend free short talks introducing them to Upton House and the collection. Talks will be free of change, with no booking required, and available to attend at scheduled times throughout the day. Please check for details when you arrive at Visitor Reception on the day.

This event took place in September 2023 and the entry is now archived.

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Date last modified: 6th November 2023 at 16:30