A geological tour of Upton House and gardens
On this short outdoor tour of under one hour around the house and gardens, you will get a closer look at the building stones and natural landscape of the site, in particular:
- The abundant fossils visible within the stone
- Evidence for conditions in the local area during Jurassic times
- The geological history of the area since Jurassic times including the effects of recent ice ages.
- The importance of the geology to the layout of the estate.
- A free leaflet will be available at the end of the walk
These walks are offered free by the Warwickshire Geological Conservation Group (admission applies) and will commence hourly at 11.30 am, 12:30 pm, 2.00 pm, 3.00 pm, and 4.00 pm.
The rendezvous point is to the left of the main door in view of the shop and toilets. Entry to Upton House and Gardens is free to members of the National Trust.
What’s this rock? What’s this fossil?
There will be a small display of local geology with rocks and fossils to handle and geologists will be on hand to answer any questions and try to identify any geological specimen you may want to bring along.
Address: Upton House, Home Farm Drive, Banbury, Warwickshire, OX15 6HT
Upton House and gardens are a National Trust property. Free entry to NT members.
WGCG GeoWeek – Event Details at Upton House
More info about Upton House and Gardens
Local rock exposure at Upton House
Upton House image and copyright belong to the National Trust
Here are the other WGCG GeoWeek events in summary – details and links are being added progressively.
- ‘Walk 600 million years in 20-minutes at the Brandon Marsh GeoWall’. A geological timeline wall walk.
Sunday 5th May 10:30 am to 4:00 pm – Meet at Brandon Marsh, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre See: Event and location details
- ‘Rock solid evidence that Jurassic Park came to Banbury’, A guided geological tour of Banbury town centre.
Tuesday 7th May Meet at Town Hall for 7 pm No need to book ahead. (approx 1 hour) See: Event and location details
- ‘Kenilworth Rocks! Meet ‘The Stones’’ – A guided walk of “The Building Stones of Old Kenilworth”
Thursday 9th May, Kenilworth, Meet 2 pm, Abbey Fields Car Park – 2 hours parking free with ticket (approx 1½ hours) Event and location details
- ‘Gold in them thar hills? Yes! Fool’s Gold!’ Why are the Burton Dassett Hills there? What’s in them? Who dug? When? Why? Are they magnetic? What’s that tower for?
Sunday 12th May, Burton Dassett Hills, Meet 10.30 at Car Park near the Tower (approx 1-2 hours) All-day parking £2. Event location and details