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

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Free admission to members of Historic Houses when you show a valid membership card.
Free admission to members of Historic Houses when you show a valid membership card.
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Parkland / open spaces
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Enjoy the fabulous treasures of Boughton House! Our knowledgeable guides will help you to understand 500 years of heritage, history and people that culminated in the house and collection we have today. In August this can be enjoyed free flow or by guided tour. At the weekends the Great Hall Experience is self-led with helpful guides located in several rooms. On weekdays it will be guided tour (Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays).

The State Rooms Tour (Guided)*
Follow in the footsteps of William III and enjoy the splendour of the State Apartments that were created for his visit in 1695. The fabulous ceilings of the Staterooms, painted by Louis Chéron have all now undergone extensive restoration and conservation for your enjoyment.

The Books, Beds and Beyond Tour (Guided)*
An eclectic and adventurous tour of the library, bedrooms, backstairs, kitchen and other hidden areas of the House.

We are pleased to welcome private tours of the House for a exclusive look at the house, its history and the world renowned Buccleuch fine art collection. Please contact us on 01536 515731 or for more details.

Opening Times

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.

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Boughton House & Gardens are open 1pm – 5pm:

Saturday 30th March – Monday 1st April
Saturday 4th – Monday 6th May
Saturday 25th – Monday 27th May
Thursday 1st – Monday 5th August
Thursday 8th – Monday 12th August
Thursday 15th – Monday 19th August
Thursday 22nd – Monday 26th August*
Thursday 29th – Sunday 1st September


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.

The Great Hall Tour (includes Gardens)
Adult £14.00
Child (5-16) £8
Child (under 5) Free
Historic Houses Member Free

The Staterooms Tour (includes Gardens)
Adult £14.00
Child (5-16) £8
Child (under 5) Free
Add On (if already booked on The Great Hall Tour) £5
Historic Houses Member £5

Books, Beds & Beyond (includes Gardens)

Tour Price £16pp
Add On (If already doing one of the Tours above) £10

Gardens, Landscape & Parkland
Adults £8
Child (5-16) £4
Child (under 5) 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.

Highlights of the collection include Van Dycks, El Greco, Sèvres Porcelain and Boulle furniture.

Ground floor only (13 rooms, approximately 1 hour).
The ground floor tour encompasses many of the major rooms such as the Great Hall and is perfect for those with a general interest in the rich history and art of Boughton.

Kings Tour: Over 2 floors (20 rooms, approximately 1.5 hours)
The more comprehensive “King’s Tour” is designed for the enthusiast and also ascends the grand entrance staircase to include the High Pavilion and State Apartments created for the visit of William III.

Find out more on our website.

Educational Visits

We welcome school groups to Boughton at any time of year, subject to a prior booking.

Get in touch to discuss how we can help via or 01536 515731

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Getting here

Boughton House, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 1BJ

After Junction 7 (A14)
Follow A4300 towards “Corby/Stamford” at first roundabout after leaving A14, “Boughton House” is signposted on roadside Brown tourist sign – follow these – just after the 2nd roundabout you will see the House in the distance down an avenue of trees to the right of the road – continue down this road to the village of ‘Geddington’ and continue through to the village until you see the large roadside Brown tourist sign – where you turn right into the village. Continue past the Eleanor Cross and out of the village towards the village of Grafton Underwood and continue for approximately half a mile till you arrive at the main silver gates.

Drive through the park until you reach the crossroads and follow the signage to the main car park to the East of the House.

Contact number during Office Hours (9am – 5pm)
Reception Office in the Stableyard – 01536 515731,

The postcode for Boughton is NN14 1BJ – however be aware that some sat navs will send you to the wrong entrance as the postcode covers a considerable area.

You can also use the “What Three Words” application:


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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