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 eighteenth century visitors to Rousham still in situ.

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. Don’t miss the walled garden with their herbaceous borders, small parterre, pigeon house and espalier 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 its yours for the day.

Fact File

Opening times: Open daily from 10.00 a.m. and closes to last entrants at 4.30 p.m.
Admission Rates: Adults £10.00, Senior Citizen £10.00, No Children under 15.
Groups Rates: None
Facilities: None
Disabled Access: Partial, parking for disabled on site.
Tours/Events: None
Coach Parking: Yes
Length of Visit: 1 – 2 hours.
Booking Contact: C Cottrell – Dormer
Rousham, Nr Steeple Aston, Bicester, Oxon, OX25 4QX.
Tel: 01869 347110
Location: South of B4030, East of A4260.

Updated: February 2024