Opening times for 10 December 2023
Asset Opening time House 12:00 - 16:00 Garden 12:00 - 16:00 Restaurant 12:00 - 16:00 Shop 12:00 - 16:00
From 11 November the house will be offering our Christmas presentation inspired by Aesop's Fables. This includes rooms on the Ground and Lower Ground Floors. The Picture Gallery will be closed for conservation during this time. Last entry to the house is half an hour before it closes and on busy days access to the house is via timed tickets; these are available for you to select upon arrival at Visitor Reception. Busy days are usually on weekends, bank holidays and during school holidays. Between November and March, visits to the garden are via the Winter Walk, which includes the hard footpath around the perimeter of the garden, alongside the Mirror Pool and the Woodland Walk. This is in order to protect the fragile grass paths. Looking ahead: On 1 January and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 2 January and 8 February, the House will be open via an accompanied visit model only, for which visitors are required to book tickets in advance via our website via the Things to Do and All Events links. The other days of the week are open without pre-booking.MTWTFSS2728293012345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
Ticket type Gift aid Standard Adult £15.40 £14.00 Child £7.70 £7.00 Family £38.50 £35.00 One Adult Family £23.10 £21.00 Group Adult £13.30 Group Child £6.65
Assistance dogs only
We welcome assistance dogs in all areas of the property if they are wearing their tabards/harness and working. Please ask your dog to toilet before entering the property. A tap is available in the plant centre if you need to refill a water container for your dog. Please ask if you require assistance.
300 yards from the House, Pavilion Cafe and Shop
Located adjacent to the Squash Court Gallery, there is level access via the Quiet Orchard.
The House, Pavilion Café and Shop are 300m from the car park. The garden is partially accessible to visitors with mobility impairments. There is a ramped entry at the main garden entrance. There is also access via sloping paths through the orchard opposite the café. Beyond the south lawn, the gardens descend steeply in a series of terraces, the routes are via stone staircases or steep grass and crushed stone pathways. There are unguarded ponds, slopes and drops throughout the garden. There is designated ‘disabled’ parking available, we offer a volunteer operated driver-assisted buggy, an accessible toilet, an accessible wheelchair route through the ground floor of the house and through parts of garden. Please note – we are not able to accommodate pushchairs or large bags in the main house; they can be stored in the summer house adjacent to the shop. We do have hip carriers available to borrow (subject to availability). Please ask at Visitor Reception or upon entrance to the main house for more information
Accessible route and/or map
Level access to food outlet
Adapted WC available in the courtyard outside the shop, right hand transfer.
Level access to shop
Braille (guide or menu)
Braille guides available that include an introduction to Upton House and Gardens and its collections. These are available upon request at the entrance to the house.
We are located on the edge of an ice age valley and there are several sheer drops. Most of the garden access is via steep steps and slopes, but can be seen from the edge of the South Lawn which overlooks a 30m drop to the Mirror Pool below. The open rooms on the ground floor are fully accessible.
300 yards from the house
There is a ramped side access to the House. Please ask at the main entrance to the House where you will be directed.
On days when the transfer vehicle is unavailable please ask at reception upon arrival who will facilitate access for you to the drop off point.
In the gardens there is some seating available, but you are welcome to bring along a small fold-up chair or rug. There is seating available in the House, please ask any of our House Hosts for assistance.
Hearing loops are available in Visitor Reception, Shop and Pavilion Cafe.
There is a covered golf buggy available between reception and the House, Shop and Pavilion Cafe. This is a volunteer run service, so on days when it is unavailable please ask the welcome team at reception for alternative arrangements.
Large print (guide or menu)
Available within the house.
On A422, 7 miles north of Banbury, 12 miles south-east of Stratford-upon-Avon. Signed from exit 12 of M40. From exit 11 follow the signs for the A422 via Wroxton.
Parking: The car park is 300 yards from the house and garden. The car park is locked outside of the opening hours for Upton House and Gardens.
Sat Nav: When using your SatNav please follow the directions to the postcode area, then look for the brown signs to find our car park. The entrance is on the main road, the A422.
footpath SM177 runs adjacent to property, Centenary Way ½ mile, Macmillan Way 1 mile.
Banbury train station is 7 miles
NCN5, 5 miles. Oxfordshire Cycle Way 1½ miles.
Bring your group to visit Upton House and Gardens, see the famous art collection, enjoy the beautiful gardens or hear stories of Upton's history as a home.
Take a look at the map of Upton House and Gardens to help plan your visit
Honey-coloured country house, remodelled for Lord and Lady Bearsted’s 1930s country retreat. Houses a world-renowned art collection and fine Chelsea porcelain.
Dramatic terraced gardens designed by Kathleen Lloyd Jones during the 1930s with herbaceous boarders, orchard, mirror pool and woodland walk.
The Pavilion Café serves a range of hot and cold light lunches, snacks, and drinks with indoor and outdoor seating.
Gift shop and plant centre with selection of original gifts and seasonal gardening ranges and second-hand bookshop.
Enjoy outdoor fun with the family with nature inspired activities, and plan ahead for the festive season
For Christmas 2023 we invite you to experience the enchanting world of Aesop’s fables with themed Christmas decorations and activities for all the family to enjoy.
Immerse yourself in one of the finest art collections in 20th-century England, which was the country house and weekend retreat of 2nd Viscount Bearsted, Walter Samuel.
Visit Upton's historic garden and marvel at the view that unfolds in front of you. Discover the Mirror Pool and wander along the Winter and Woodland Walks.
Find out what's on for families at Upton House and Gardens, spot wildlife on the Woodland Walk or simply let off steam in acres of space outdoors. If you're planning ahead for Christmas, find out more about about all we have coming up to celebrate.
Stop by the Pavilion Café on your visit to Upton House and grab a bite to eat, a hot or cold drink and a slice of cake. Buy a souvenir of your visit in the shop, or pop into the second-hand bookshop for a new read.
Amble through arable land for spectacular views across Warwickshire and down to the site of the historic first battle of the English Civil War.
Trace the ley lines first discovered by an amateur archaeologist in 1921 in this history-packed circular trail from Upton House.
We invite children and their families to share the fun of Aesop's ancient and well-known fables, which we've re-imagined with a cheeky hint to Upton. Bring smiles to little faces when you join in with our special family quest.
Join us as we re-imagine Aesop's fables this Christmas. See the house decorated with enchanting displays of some of these ancient moral tales.
On 1 January and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 1 January and 8 February, the House will be open via an accompanied visit model only, for which visitors are required to book tickets in advance.
Lord Bearsted purposefully redesigned and extended the original honey coloured house to best display his cherished art and rare French and English Chelsea porcelain.
Lady Bearsted turned her attention to the gardens and commissioned one of the first professional female garden designers Kitty Lloyd-Jones to improve them for leisure and pleasure. The topography is distinctive with steep terraces parallel to the house tumbling down into the ice age valley.
Take a wander and admire the soft planting, strong colours and fashionable styles. Highlights include the Wild Garden and Herbaceous Borders, Mirror Pool and South Lawn eclipsed by the magnificent Cedars.
Remodelled for recreation and relaxation, the house, collections and gardens are largely as they were in their heyday from the 1930s.
Discover more about the history of Upton House and how following its acquisition by Lord and Lady Bearsted in 1927, they set about improving the estate and hiring garden designer Kitty Lloyd-Jones to improve the garden.
Take a look at some of the conservation work that takes place at Upton to look after this place for everyone, for ever.
Discover how a rare painting by Venetian artist Jacopo Tintoretto is being researched, and conserved in a new project.
Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Upton House on the National Trust Collections website.
Interested in volunteering with the National Trust at Upton House and Gardens? Discover how to get involved, as well as the benefits of joining our team of over 200 volunteers. Upton’s volunteers are involved in all aspects of the property and help to make sure that our visitors have the best experience possible.