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Formal Gardens at Waterperry

Formal Gardens at Waterperry


This small - but perfectly-formed museum or rural life is a treat for lovers of the countryside. Housed in an 18th century granary building, you will find an extensive and interesting collection of bygone horticultural, agricultural and domestic tools.

Our friendly Museum Curator Gordon Dempster is often on hand to provide more information and anecdotes about some of the many fascinating things you will find, including:

- A good collection of horse brasses, terrets, swingers, horse bells, shoed and bits - including the savage types banned in the early 20th Century.
- Old veterinary implements and relics from household kitchens of old times.
- A rare collection of brass stamps used in the workhouse at Purton.
- Traps and alarm guns, plus a unique 19th Century clockwork crow scarer which fired blank, 12 bore cartridges.
- 70 different brass beer barrel bushes and unusual decorative skewers from the meat trade.
- Mediaeval pottery found on the Waterperry Estate.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGerman signs/guidesGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)

Opening details

Closed between Christmas and New Year. Open bank holidays
The museum of rural life can be opened for special arrangements.


Free entry


Mr Gordon Dempster


Near Wheatley,
OX33 1JZ

Museum, free entry



See location of Waterperry Gardens on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SP 629062  Lat: 51.75097 Long: -1.09022

From East, Junction 8 of M40, from north junction 8A. We are 2.5 miles form A40. Turn off at Wheatley + follow brown tourist board rose signs.

By Public Transport: From Oxford City Centre take the Arriva Bus 280 to Church Road, Wheatley (Call Travel Line 0871 200 2233 for an up to date timetable). From Church Road Wheatley you will need to prebook a taxi. Please call the taxi company Courtesy Cars on 01865 343575.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)