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Pocket Guide: Banbury Broughton Castle Hotels

With Oxfordshire so packed with historic, cultural and natural attractions, it's sometimes difficult to decide on a list of priorities when it comes to what to see and do here. If you're staying at any one of the numerous Oxfordshire hotels, family-run guesthouses and B&B establishments dotted around the county, you might like to consider dropping in to Broughton Castle for a pleasant afternoon's excursion.

Broughton Castle from Oxfordshire Hotels

Broughton Castle is a picturesque, moated manor house which was constructed in 1306. What the visitor sees of it today is largely Elizabethan, as a lot of renovation work was carried out in late Tudor times. At the moment the castle belongs to the Saye and Sele family and is still lived in. It is a very picturesque caste surrounded by a moat and famous for its elaborately plastered ceilings, great ornate fireplaces and splendid panelling. Spend a pleasant day here from a local hotel such as Easington House in nearby Banbury or Sturdy's Castle Country Inn at Kidlington and you'll have plenty of things to see and do.

A Rich History at Broughton Castle with Oxfordshire Hotels

Broughton Castle has a colourful, rich and sometimes bloody history. The 8th Lord opposed Charles I in the 17th Century and the castle was for a short time a secret rendezvous for opponents of the king. During the Civil War years the same Lord of Saye and Sele, William by name, raised his own Parliamentarian regiment and fought at the Battle of Edgehill alongside all four of his sons. The castle was besieged following the battle and was eventually captured by Royalist forces.

Visitors from Oxfordshire hotels and guesthouses, and those just making a day trip to the area, come to see the castle's fine collection of arms and armour from the English Civil War years, on show in the Great Hall. Other popular attractions include the gardens, park and well-preserved original gatehouse, or barbican. The nearby parish church of St. Mary dates from the 14th Century and contains many hatchments, memorials and family tombs associated with the castle.