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Holdenby House

A historic Northamptonshire country house, traditionally pronounced, and sometimes spelt, Holmby.

Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN6 8DJ

Holdenby House in Northampton

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Tours

Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Once the largest private house in Elizabethan England and subsequently the palace of James I and prison of Charles I, Holdenby House is one of only eight privately owned homes in Britain to be featured the TV series An American Aristocrat’s Guide to Great Estates.

Sitting on a hill overlooking 2,000 acres of rolling countryside, its suite of elegant state rooms combine grandeur and intimacy and open out onto beautiful Grade I-listed gardens, with borders designed by Rosemary Verey and Rupert Golby. The visit incorporates King Charles’ favourite walk during his five-month imprisonment and the place where he was taken away by Cromwell’s forces to his eventual trial and execution.

There is a one-hour tour of the ground floor followed by tea and cake in Connie’s Tea Parlour, then visitors are free to explore the gardens.

Tours that are scheduled will be listed below. If none are scheduled yet, please check back later, or find other tours you might enjoy on our tours listing page here.

Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

TOUR DURATION
2½ hours

TOUR PRICES
£24.00 per person.

REFRESHMENTS
A hot drink and piece of cake at Connie’s Tea Parlour

ACCESS NOTES
We welcome guests with disabilities and work hard to ensure that you can access as much of the site as possible. Disabled parking will be clearly marked, and Blue Badges should be displayed. We hope visitors will understand that the gravelled paths, although not ideal for wheelchairs, are part of the character of the house.

RESTRICTIONS
No photography inside the house. Dogs must be kept on leads at all times.