Boughton House

Famous for its internationally renowned art collection and the home to the Buccleuch family's ancestors for centuries.

Boughton House, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 1BJ

Boughton House
Free for members
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Free parking
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Shop
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Boughton is both a family home and one of Britain’s grandest and best-preserved stately homes. The house is renowned for its outstanding collections of fine art, furniture, tapestries, porcelain and carpets.

Visitors can view a magnificent range of paintings by great artists, including The Adoration of the Shepherds by El Greco, Gainsborough’s, more than forty grisailles and portraits by Van Dyck, and Breaking Cover by John Wootton to name but a few.

Boughton also has some of the best-preserved baroque State Rooms in the British Isles. Here you can walk through grand apartments of contrasting character decorated in extravagant yet elegant taste.

The surrounding designed landscape has been carefully restored over the last decade with wide sculptured lawns to survey, serene lakes, waterways, woods and avenues of trees to be strolled down.

The formal gardens include the Walled Garden with its herbaceous border, flowerbeds and newly created Sensory Garden.

Opening Times


Boughton House
Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd May, 1pm-5pm
Monday 1st to Tuesday 2nd August, 1pm – 5pm
Saturday to Tuesday in August, 1pm – 5pm
6th – 9th
13th – 16th
20th – 23rd
27th – 30th
Wednesday 31st August, 1pm – 5pm

Gardens, Landscape and Parkland
The above and Mondays and Tuesdays in May, 1pm-4pm

Parkland and Landscape
Monday and Tuesdays in June and July, 1pm-4pm

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit for free when choosing one of our main tours, the gardens and exhibition. This does not include entry outside normal opening times or during events. Historic Houses members should book using the online booking system and choose the Free Entry option. They should then enter their Historic Houses membership number and bring their card with them.

House and Gardens
Adults: £11, Children 5-15 years: £8, Under 5s: free

Gardens Only
Adults: £6, Children 5-15 years: £3, Under 5s: free

Group Visits

A variety of group tours are available at Boughton House and cater to a range of interests.

We understand that every group is different, so we aim to make your visit as enjoyable as possible by tailoring your tour to suit your requirements.

We welcome groups to the House and gardens all year round for pre-booked tours.

All group tours should be pre-booked to avoid disappointment.

Find out more on our website.

Educational Visits

We have a education officer who, working with the house team looks to provide a tailored visitor experience for each visiting educational group.

  • Access statement available
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Lord Montagu of Boughton put forward an act of parliament to have an annual celebration of the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot – a event we know today as Bonfire night!

Boughton, The English Versailles: Historic Houses Lectures

Boughton House

Boughton: The English Versailles – Members Lecture

Historic Houses members can login to watch a fascinating lecture on the history behind Boughton House, from its origins today. The lecture is part of our monthly programme of lectures for members.

Boughton House set to host Spectacle of Light 2022

boughton spectacle of light

Boughton House set to host Spectacle of Light 2022

Boughton House in Northamptonshire is the latest stunning venue to be added to Spectacle of Light’s impressive list of locations for their after-dark light experience.

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