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Althorp House was built in 1508, by the Spencer Family, for the Spencers, as it has remained for the last 500 years.

Althorp contains one of the finest private collections of art, furniture and ceramics in the world, including numerous paintings by Rubens, Reynolds, Lely, Gainsborough and Van Dyck.

Visitors can visit the House discovering the fascinating history of one of England's most beautiful private and historic houses.

Wander around the gardens, the current exhibition and visit the Cafe and Gift Shop in the Stables.



1 July to 31 August, 12pm to 5pm.

Closed 6, 7 and 21 July.

Find Us
Find us

From the M1, 7m from J16 and 10m from J18.Situated on the A428 Northampton - Rugby Road.

5m from Northampton Station and 14m from Rugby Station.

There is a walk and cycle trail which runs from the outskirts of Northampton to Market Harborough along the trackbed of a disused railway line and National Cycle route 6 which is close to Althorp.


Car park on site

  • Free


Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adult: £18.50
Concession: £16.00
Family: £45 (2 adults and 2 children)
5 - 16 year olds: £11
Under 5: Free

  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
Group Visits
Group Visits

A minimum number of 12 guests. Groups can pre-book to enter the Estate from 12pm to 5pm.  

Group prices: Adults: £16.50 , Concessions: £14 , 5-16 year olds: £10

Under 4, group leader and driver: free

Please note that a deposit for the minimum of 12 guests is required at least six weeks prior to your visit, with the final balance due no later than 21 days prior.  

Things to See

Upcoming events

11 - 12 May 2019

Althorp Food & Drink Festival

The festival is a family-friendly, culinary delight taking place in stunning Althorp Park, showcasing the best food and drink producers and suppliers that Northamptonshire and the surrounding counties have to offer. The Festival has gained significant prestige over the past five years, winning Best Event at a Historic House at the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum Awards.

Alongside the numerous shopping and tasting opportunities, guests can also become acquainted with top names in food and drink, through a programme of engaging demonstrations, masterclasses, and workshops. Previous years’ guests have included The Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn, MasterChef winner Shelina Permalloo, and baker to the stars Mich Turner MBE. A full line-up for this year will be confirmed soon, so please check the website for the latest updates. As well as delicious food and drink, the whole family can enjoy entertaining performances at the Festival’s new live music stage, and fun and games at the dedicated children’s area.


Early Bird Day Ticket – £8.50 per person
Children 12 and Under – FREE with a paying adult
Early Bird Weekend Ticket – £15.00 per person

Find out more and book tickets from January.  


We invite you to host both your ceremony and reception at Althorp. Equally, if you are planning a church wedding, we welcome you and your guests to enjoy exclusive use of the House for your wedding day and night, while hosting your reception here.

We are able to hold civil ceremonies in any of the following five magnificent State Rooms: the Picture Gallery, the State Dining Room, the Great Room, the Saloon or the Marlborough Room. Each of these has its own style, history and character, and caters to a varying number of guests, so you can be sure to find the ideal setting for your ceremony.

Enjoy exclusive use of the House for both your wedding day and night, and our magnificent bedrooms can accommodate more than forty of your family and special guests.


  • Suppliers list
  • Guest parking
  • Wedding planner
  • Accessible parking
  • Bridal suite
  • In-house catering

Corporate Hire


  • Wifi
  • Lunch
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Refreshments
  • Dinner
  • Plentiful parking