One of the finest and best preserved Norman keeps in England, it was built in 1140 by Aubrey de Vere. The keep walls are 12ft thick at the base, and it is approached by a beautiful Tudor bridge which spans the dry moat. This was built in 1496 to replace the drawbridge, by the 13th Earl of Oxford, one of Henry VII's chief commanders at the battle of Bosworth. Visited by King Henry VII, King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I and besieged by King John. Home of the de Veres, Earls of Oxford for 550 years, and still owned by their descendent, The Honourable Thomas Lindsay. The Banqueting Hall, reached from the 1st floor by a beautiful spiral staircase, 13ft wide in circumference and constructed round a central column, has a splendid Minstrel's Gallery and timbered ceiling supported a central 28ft Norman arch. Beautifully kept grounds with lake and peaceful woodland walks. Large picnic area. Light refreshments, cream teas by arrangement.