This late-17C house was bought by Viscount Bearsted, son of the founder of the Shell Company, who displays his spectacular collection of porcelain and paintings here. The masterpieces of the collection are now housed in the art gallery where, alongside works by Holbein, Hogarth, Guardi, Tintoretto, Bruegel the Elder and Bosch, stands the Christ Held in Captivity by El Greco, a supposed model of the retable in Toledo Cathedral.
Address:Upton, OX15 6HT Banbury
Phone:+44 1295 670266
Price:10.45 £ (children 5.15 £)
house and exhibition mid Mar-end Oct: daily except Thu and Bank Hols 1pm-5pm (daily Jul-Aug); gardens: daily except Thu 11am-5pm; house and gardens end Nov-mid Dec: Fri-Mon noon-4pm (Guided tours of house only)