Country House Study Week

Stowe House

Visit to Stowe House

The country house study week is a residential study-week based at The University of Buckingham, which takes place halfway through the first term.

Students spend four days on campus in Buckingham, meeting with curators, handling objects, and touring some of the great country houses of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and neighbouring counties.

This intensive study week usually includes visits to:

  • Claydon House, famous for its eccentrically virtuoso carvings by Luke Lightfoot
  • Stowe House with its renowned landscape gardens
  • Boughton, the Northamptonshire seat of the Dukes of Buccleuch
  • Burghley House, famous for its highly important baroque painted interiors, and magnificent furnishings
  • Vanbrugh’s masterpiece, Blenheim Palace and nearby Ditchley Park
  • The Rothschild Collections at Waddesdon Manor.

    Furniture at Waddesdon Manor

    Examining furniture at Waddesdon Manor

The study trips are complemented by some evening lectures on topics relating to the English country house and eighteenth-century design and decoration.


The admission charges to all properties and transport costs are covered by the programme fees as are the costs of travel between London and the University. Food and accommodations costs are not covered by the University.

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For enquiries or further information about the programme, please email or by telephone on 01280 827514.