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.
Today’s opening hours
1 July to 31 August, 12pm to 5pm
1 July to 31 August, 12pm to 5pm.
Closed 6, 7 and 21 July.
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
Historic Houses members visit for free.
Family: £45 (2 adults and 2 children)
5 - 16 year olds: £11
Under 5: Free
- Accessible toilets
- Guide dogs welcome
- Accessible parking
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.
Home to one of Europe’s finest private collections of furniture, art and ceramics, Althorp presents a new and unique opportunity to discover the never-previously-told story of its many animals and the undeniable mark they left upon the Family’s history. The new Animals of Althorp exhibition takes guests on an intriguing tour of the historic House’s lesser-known residents.
Animals are as much a part of the Spencer Family’s history as the iconic House itself. The Spencers arrived with their flocks of sheep in this rich grazing land in 1486, and built their home there in 1508. Since then, the verdant pastures and woodlands of oak have been the
backdrop to their lives and home to many animals, including the black fallow deer that have roamed the Park since the fifteenth century, and which remain the Spencers’ closest neighbours to this day.
Visitors to the exhibit can explore an intriguing collection of artefacts situated in the Stables Courtyard, fittingly once home to the Spencer Family horses. As part of the exhibition, visitors can also enjoy a trail through Althorp House with an Animals of Althorp guided map, highlighting key exhibition pieces through the House’s State Rooms including a number of original portraits, artworks and antiques.
From the Library the exhibition features a pastel likeness of Diana, Princess of Wales’ beloved cat Marmalade, drawn by renowned Polish society artist Aniela Pawlikowska who frequently drew the Princess of Wales and her siblings as children. Taken from over the fireplace in the South Drawing Room is a portrait of Margaret Georgiana (Countess Spencer), and Georgiana Spencer, her daughter (later Duchess of Devonshire) painted by portrait artist and Family friend, Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792). Mother and daughter gaze happily at the artist as a pet lap dog, half in shadow, begs with a raised paw looking upward at the young Georgiana. Althorp holds one of the finest collections of Reynolds portraits in private hands, including a self-portrait of the artist in doctoral robes. A must-see for jewellery enthusiasts, the exhibition also features an exquisite pearl, gold, diamond, enamel and amethyst spaniel design fob – this would have been a fashionable men’s accessory dating to the time of the 3rd Earl Spencer, circa 1840.
The exhibition can be enjoyed during Althorp’s House opening season, taking place between 1st July and 31st August. Guests can also take in the delights of Althorp’s café and gift shop. Picnics are more than welcome in the dedicated woodland outdoor dining area.
House tickets including entry to the new Animals of Althorp exhibit, the grounds and state rooms are available online now.
|Type||Online||At the Gate|
|Senior or Student Ticket||£16.00||£17.50|
|Family Ticket (2 Adults and 2 Children)||£45.00||£48.00|
|Children between 5-16 Years Old||£11.00||£11.00|
|Children 0-4 Years Old||Free||Free|
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.