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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.

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 cover all aspects of Tudor history presented  through our Tudor Tour,
The Tudor Experience, regular Living History  re-enactments and Tudor Workshops.

We can also tailor special days specifically to your requirements featuring  the English Civil War and the 18th Century. Teachers should telephone for an  information leaflet showing the full Schools Programme, or talk to our Senior  Education Officer to discuss any particular projects.

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


Opening  Times

(2002 times)

March 29th - 31st  October: 2.00pm - 5.30pm (last admission 1 hour before closing).
Tuesday,  Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday.
Closed Monday and Friday except Bank  Holidays and special events days. Closed 16th June, 28th July, December 22nd -  26th, 31st and all of January. Open for pre-booked groups on any day or evening  throughout the year (except January).

Admission  Charges

(2002 prices)

Standard  Admission: Adult 5.00; Child 2.50 (5-16 years)
Additional charge on  special event days.
Special rates available for pre-booked groups and schools  - please telephone for details.


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.

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