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Brief description of site

Rousham has a landscape park which includes gardens, pleasure grounds and a walled kitchen garden.

Brief history of site

The present grounds were laid out between 1715 and 1720 by Charles Bridgeman, and remodelled between 1733 to 1740 by William Kent. Kent retained much of the earlier scheme but incorporated important views over adjacent land, at the same time adding more Picturesque features such as ponds and cascades. The gardens have remained largely unaltered since the 18th century.

Location information:

Address: Rousham Park, nr Steeple Aston, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX25 4QX

Locality: Bicester

Local Authorities:

Oxfordshire; West Oxfordshire; Rousham

Historical County: Oxfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 164 Grid Ref: SP478242
Latitude: 51.9143 Longitude: -1.30647


12 miles north of Oxford, off A4260.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The gardens are open daily from 10 am. The house is only open by prior arrangement. Please see:

Key information:

Form of site: landscape garden

Purpose of site: pleasure ground

Context or principal building: great house

Site Style : English landscape garden

Site first created: 1715 to 1740

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 55

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