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Sulgrave Manor

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Sulgrave Manor is a superb example of a modest manor and garden of the time of Shakespeare, and was home to the ancestors of George Washington.

In 1539 the manor was bought by Lawrence Washington from Henry VIII and his descents were to live there for the next 120 years.

In 1656, Lawrence Washington's great, great grandson Colonel John Washington left England to take up land in Virginia which later became Mount Vernon. Col. Washington was the Great Grandfather of George Washington, first President of the United States of America.

In 1914, Sulgrave Manor was presented by a body of British subscribers to the Peoples of Great Britain and the United States of America, in celebration of the Hundred Years Peace between the two nations. In 1924, the National Society of Colonial Dames of America generously endowed the Manor House and still co-operates with the Board in its upkeep.

The Manor stands as a permanent reminder of the special relationship between Britain and America, and today visitors from all over the world, including many school children, come to enjoy this beautiful Tudor house.

Your visit to the Manor

Visitors to Sulgrave on non event days, see the Manor on a guided tour. We are known for the excellence of our tours, which are both informative and entertaining. Tours go at regular intervals throughout the day, and we suggest you allow ample time for your visit.

The Manor is recognised as a family friendly attraction: a Children's Tour is held on Saturdays and there is a wide variety of trails and activities for younger visitors.

Allow time for the tour to commence; about one and a half hours in the house; and then a stroll around the beautiful gardens, designed in the formal style by Sir Reginald Blomfield; a study of the George Washington Exhibition in the Brewhouse; perhaps take light refreshments in the Buttery (or bring a picnic) and browse in the gift shop.

We think you need half a day to fully enjoy and experience everything Sulgrave has to offer.

Educational Visits

Sulgrave Manor is available to schools every day of term time, and over a third of all Manor visitors are primary school children coming to participate in one of the many programmes devised to complement the National Curriculum. The programmes include the well-respected and popular Tudor Experience, the English Civil War and Sail with Columbus. In addition, Sulgrave Manor offers its safe and secure site for teachers to create their own connected curriculum day. A member of the education team is always happy to discuss the opportunities with teachers.

Disabled access to all new facilities but limited in the Manor House. WC in Courtyard.

Adult Groups are welcome throughout the year.

Groups of Students of Travel and Tourism are welcome. Please telephone for further information.

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Just off the B4525 from Banbury to Northampton, 7 miles NE of Banbury and junction 11 of the M40. It is 6 miles NW of Brackley and the A43 and 10 miles west of Towcester and the A5. Oxford and Stratford are approximately 30 miles distant and London via either the M1 or M40, 70 miles.
The nearest railway station is Banbury.

Sulgrave Manor Postcode for SatNav: OX17 2SD


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