Holdenby House

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

Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN6 8DJ

Holdenby House in Northampton
Free for members
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Free parking
  • Garden only
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Pet friendly
  • Shop
  • 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 England and subsequently the palace of James I and prison of Charles I, Holdenby has appeared in the BBC’s acclaimed adaptations of Great Expectations and The Woman in White.

Sitting on a hill overlooking 2,000 acres of rolling countryside, its suite of elegant state rooms open onto beautiful Grade I-listed gardens making it an enchanting and ever popular venue for weddings.

The combination of grandeur and intimacy also make it a magnificent location for corporate dinners and meetings, while the spacious grounds have accommodated many large events from Civil War battles to food shows and Formula One parties.

The Education Department, which has won more awards than any other house in England, delivers innovative living history projects, where staff and pupils are in character for a range of activities.

Day visitors can enjoy Sunday garden openings and other special event days with stunning flying displays from Icarus Falconry located in the walled garden.

Historic Houses members can visit the gardens for free.

Opening Times


The Gardens & Falconry Centre are open on weekends & Bank Holiday Mondays from mid-April to mid-October, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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


All tickets should be purchased in advance via our website to a maximum limit of six people per booking. This allows us to monitor visitor numbers and comply with track and trace guidelines. Following new Government Guidelines, please be aware, you must scan the QR code at the gate or provide us with your contact details for all members of your party. Please note all children 16 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Upon entry, you will be asked to read out your ticket number. You can either print a copy of your tickets or keep a copy on your phone. Historic House Members will need to pre-book a ticket below using the free “Historic House Member” ticket. You must bring along your ticket number and your Historic Houses pass, otherwise entry may not be granted.

Adults £8.50, Concessions (Over 65’s) £7.50, Children (5-16 years) £4.50, Family (2+2) £24.00

Group Visits

Private tours may be booked for group parties on weekdays. During school terms, visits need to be in the afternoons or evenings. Friday evenings are not available. The visit includes a guided tour of the downstairs of the house and as much time as you want in the gardens.

Prices: £10.00 per head (Inc VAT), with a minimum charge £200. Light refreshments and delicious Afternoon Tea may also be taken. (Prices on request).

Contact us on or 01604 770074.

Educational Visits

Our Education Department is amongst the most prestigious in the country and is proud to announce that they have been awarded their 7th consecutive Sandford Award, an award given by the Heritage Education Trust for continued excellence in education. Also awarded is a new award, the Frances Garnham Award,  given for the innovative way in which the education programme is delivered. We also hold an award for work with Special Needs children.

Our awards recognise our innovative living history projects, where staff and pupils are in character for a range of hands on activities. All our projects marry the requirements of the National Curriculum with real aspects of Holdenby’s history. The House, Grade I listed Gardens, 14th century Church and Estate are a perfect backdrop to the children’s visit and are integrated into our education programme.

Our trained and costumed interpreters have years of experience, are sensitive and flexible to the children’s educational needs. Teachers are invited to come for a pre-visit prior to the actual day to ensure that the project chosen satisfies their needs.

All weather facilities are available.

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

My maternal great grandmother lived at Holdenby for many years, entirely at night, with staff hired to serve meals throughout the hours of darkness. On a rare walk in the garden during the daytime, she accosted an unfamiliar man in the garden and asked him what he was doing there. “Your ladyship” he replied, “I am the head gardener “. Things are a little different now...

Holdenby House horses and cart leaving the historic gate

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