This castle was the Oxfordshire base of Odo of Bayeux, half-brother of William the Conqueror and a powerful man in England after the Norman Conquest. Extensive earthworks mark the site of the 11th century motte-and-bailey castle, with ramparts up to 15 metres high.
Read more about the history of Deddington Castle.
Before You Go
Access: The earth banks are what remains of the castle. There is some uneven and sloping ground. The entrance to Deddington Castle is in Castle Street close to the junction with Hopcraft Lane between two pillars.
Facilities: Pubs and restaurants can be found in the small town of Deddington.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
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Plan a Great Day Out
Pack up a picnic and visit the Rollright Stones, which have a history spanning nearly 2,000 years of Neolithic and Bronze Age development. Legend has it that these stones are all that's left of a monarch and his courtiers, who were petrified by a witch. At North Leigh Roman Villa you can see the remains of a large and well-built Roman courtyard villa, set within peaceful countryside.
End your day amongst the picturesque ruins of Minster Lovell Hall at the side of the River Windrush.