Buscot Park

Buscot Park

Date of Adventure: 3 Jul, 2023

The showstopper here at Buscot Park is the Terracotta Warriors – exact replicas of the originals built by the subjects of the first emptor of China. They were to guard his mausoleum and protect him in the afterlife. So impressive to see; the detail is amazing.

You will enter through the Walled Garden which is full of colourful and fragrant flowers and wisteria to die for and the mown avenues and symmetrical landscapes have unexpected surprises around every corner. The Citrus Bowl and Pyramid has rocking chairs to recline on, whilst the Swinging Garden has 4 swing seats encircling a kinetic sycamore seed sculpture that turns in the wind. So relaxing.

The Peto Water Garden is stunning and designed by Harold Peto who was, in his day, the leading exponent of formal Italianate garden design. Stop as you cross the little bridge to take in the delightful view all the way up the avenue, don’t forget the miniature cascades and dolphin fountain too – a real draw for little ones. Do keep hold of hands here as the thought of a dip can be quite an enticing prospect!

Talking of dips, we also got to see the unreal outdoor swimming pool within the private house; I imagine it is enjoyed daily by the family in warm weather. I cannot even fathom how the other half live!

Whilst you are in the area, head to Buscot Tearoom and weir for an extended day out! Bring your swimmers!

 

AT A GLANCE

Adult: £9 (Plus house: £12)
Over 65’s: £7 (Plus house: £10)
Child (5-15): £4.50 (Plus house: £6)
Under 5: Free
NT member: Free

House is not always open - check website in advance
2pm - 6pm. Last entry to the house is 5pm
No booking required
Tea room open, check limited opening hours on the website
Wheelchair and pushchair accessible with mixed terrain off the paths
40 minutes from Headington roundabout
No direct public transport links from Oxford
Free parking
The details

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Buscot Park, Lechlade Rd, Faringdon SN7 8BU

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