Upton House and Gardens - National Trust

Upton House & Gardens
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Outstanding art collections in a 17th-century mansion, with superb terraced gardens:
Outstanding collection of English and Continental Old Master paintings
Important collections of English and French 18th-century porcelain
Fascinating exhibition of Shell advertising posters from 1920s and 30s
Dramatic Art Deco bathroom
Distant views, terraced flower borders, herbaceous borders, tranquil water gardens and the National Collection of asters.

For safety some areas of the gardens may be closed following prolonged heavy rain.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

House & garden March–Oct (Gift Aid): £8, child £4, family £20. Groups £6.20. House & garden March–Oct (standard): £7.26, child £3.62, family £18.17. Garden only (inc. restaurant & shop) 3 March–31 Oct (Gift Aid): £4.80, child £2.40. Groups £3.70. Garden only (inc. restaurant & shop) 3 March–31 Oct (standard): £4.36, child £2.18. House & garden Nov/Dec (Gift Aid): £4, child £2, family £10. Groups £3.20. House & garden Nov/Dec (standard): £3.62, child £1.81, family £9.08. Reduced rate when arriving by cycle, on foot or public transport.


  • National Trust
  • Museums Association

The impressive mansion, built in the 17th century on an earlier site, was remodelled in the 1920s by the 2nd Viscount Bearsted, son of the founder of Shell Oil and later the company’s Chairman. One of the great collectors of his age, he filled the house with stunning collections of art, tapestries and porcelain, and laid out magnificent gardens in the valleys below. Amongst the outstanding collection of English and Old Master paintings presented over three floors are works by Hogarth, Raeburn, Stubbs, El Greco, Bosch, Metsu, Canaletto and Breugel, whilst the porcelain collection includes fine examples of Sèvres, Worcester tableware and figures by Bow, Chelsea and Derby.

Collection details

Architecture, Fine Art, Trade and Commerce

Key artists and exhibits

  • Paintings
  • Canaletto
  • Guardi
  • Pourbus
  • Stubbs
  • Hogarth
  • Romney William Beckford
  • Reynolds Earl and Countess of Ely
  • El Greco El Espolio
  • Bosch Adoration of the Magii
  • Raeburn
  • Constable
  • Devis
  • Brueghel
  • Grimmer
  • Metsu
  • Jan Steen
  • Marshall
  • Sartorius
  • Saenredam
  • Schalken
  • Opie
  • Gainsborough
  • Highmore
  • Smirke
  • Wilson
  • Stothard
  • Hardy Captain William Augustus Bowles
  • Dance
  • Nasmyth
  • Paye
  • Ruisdael
  • Holbein
  • David
  • Memling
  • Clouet
  • Fouquet
  • Greuze
  • Boucher
  • Wootton
  • Beechey Queen Charlotte
  • Sutherland
  • Whistler
  • Porcelain
  • Worcester
  • Chelsea
  • Derby
  • Bow
  • Sevres
  • Vincennes
  • Brussels tapestries
  • 1930s advertising posters

Upton House and Gardens - National Trust
Upton House and Gardens
nr Banbury
OX15 6HT

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