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Buscot Park

Vale of White Horse

Type:Historic House / Palace

Buscot, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 8BU

Tel: +44 01367 240786

Buscot Park


Buscot Park was built between 1780 and 1783 for Edward Loveden Townsend. In 1859 his great-grandson sold the estate to an Australian tycoon, Robert Tertius Campbell.

He died in 1887 after spending a fortune turning Buscot into a model agricultural estate. In 1889 Buscot was sold to a highly successful business financier, Alexander Henderson, later the 1st Lord Faringdon and his descendants continue to live here.

At Buscot Park you will find exquisite gardens, including the spectacular Water Garden designed by Harold Peto for the 1st Lord Faringdon at the beginning of the 20thC and the Four Seasons Walled Garden created by the present Lord Faringdon at the end of the century. You can wander through woodland walks, rest awhile in the circular Swinging Garden and perhaps catch a glimpse of some of the many species of birds which breed on the estate.

The fine late-18thC house is home to The Faringdon Collection, a treasure trove of art and design. Begun by Sir Alexander Henderson, later the 1st Lord Faringdon, and exclusively added to by his grandson, Gavin, the 2nd Lord, the collection contains an extraordinary array of pictures, furniture and objets d’art. Old Master paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Murillo mingle with Victorian pictures by Leighton, Rossetti Watts and Burne-Jones, including the latter’s famous ‘Briar Rose’ series illustrating the story of Sleeping Beauty. Furniture by designers such as Robert Adams and Thomas Hope provide splendid display settings for both period and contemporary ceramics, sculpture and objets d’art. Unlike most country house collections, the Faringdon Collection is not frozen in time.

The present Lord Faringdon continues to acquire new works of art both antique and modern. He has also recently restored the small purpose-built theatre which is regularly used for concerts, recitals, plays and corporate hospitality.

Guide Prices

Entry Prices:
House and Grounds:
Adult - £10
Over 65s - £8
Child (5-15) - £5
Under 5s - Free
NT Member - Free

Grounds Only:
Adult - £7
Over 65s - £5
Child - £3.50
Under 5s - Free
NT Member - Free



  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Large type face information boards in each room.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Tea and light refreshments in tearoom 1430-1730. Open as house and Bank Hols.
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A417. Between Lechlade and Faringdon.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Swindon. Taxi required or bus to Lechlade or Faringdon, then taxi.


  • Visit England Awards -Code of Practice Code of Practice 2012
  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2018 Tourism South East Member 2018 2018

Opening Times

2019 (1 Apr 2019 - 30 Sept 2019)

* The grounds are open from 2.00pm to 6.00pm
The House opens at 2.00pm, and last entry in to the House is 5.00pm

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