Overview

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.


Opening
Opening

2020

1 July to 1 September, 12pm to 5pm.

Closed 17 - 19 July 2020.

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.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adult: £20.00
Concession: £17.50
Family: £48 (2 adults and 2 children)
5 - 16 year olds: £11
Under 5: Free

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • 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.  

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Weddings

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.

Facilities

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

Corporate Hire

Facilities

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

Opening
Opening

2020

1 July to 1 September, 12pm to 5pm.

Closed 17 - 19 July 2020.

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.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adult: £20.00
Concession: £17.50
Family: £48 (2 adults and 2 children)
5 - 16 year olds: £11
Under 5: Free

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • 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.  

Other opening

Althorp House and Park will be open:

1st July – 1st September 2020

The Estate and Grounds are open from 12 noon to 5pm,
with last entry into the House by 3pm for closure by 4pm.

Note that The House and Park will not be open 17th, 18th and 19th July.

2020 Tickets and Prices

During the 2020 House Opening Season (1st July – 1st September), all tickets to Althorp will include entry to the grounds, the current exhibitions, Café and Gift Shop in the Stables Courtyard, and entrance to the State Rooms of the House.

Note that The House and Park will not be open 17th, 18th and 19th July.

Tickets will be available to purchase at the Gate on the day of your visit.

Type At the Gate
Adult Ticket £20.00
Senior or Student Ticket £17.50
Family Ticket
(2 Adults and 2 Children)
£48.00
Children between 5-16 Years Old £11.00
Children 0-4 Years Old Free

We are taking Group Bookings for summer 2020.

Important Notes

Free car parking is available to all visitors, please note that there is a 5 to 10 minute walk from the car park through the grounds to the House.

Disabled parking and parking for those who find walking difficult is available on request, near the House

The Estate and Stables, and ground floor of the House, are fully accessible to wheelchair users. There is no assisted access available to the upstairs rooms in the House

Dogs are not permitted on the Estate, excluding guide and assistance dogs.

Cash back will be offered within our Stables Courtyard Gift Shop to purchase goods.

Althorp is proud to be part of the Historic Houses Association. All HHA Members and Friends of the HHA will receive free entry with a valid membership card on any of Althorp’s public opening dates in 2020, excluding any additional events planned outside the published Public Opening times and dates.

As Althorp is primarily a private family home, the House and areas of estate may be closed at short notice to the public on rare instances during the opening season

Photography of the exterior of Althorp House and grounds can be taken for personal use only. Internal photography of Althorp is not permitted. Photography taken for any commercial use must have prior written consent from the Althorp Estate.


Althorp's history and features

A Family History

The Spencer family line has contained politicians, courtiers, admirals, society beauties and pioneers in charity work, as well as gamblers, book lovers, a Passionist preacher, and even a breeder of champion bulls. They were all related, but each Spencer was unique in time and taste.

Having one family in one home for five centuries has presented many opportunities for members of the line to leave behind their mark. It is fair to say that the story of Althorp is also the story of the Spencers, and vice versa.

Sir John Spencer
1455 - 1522

Sir John was the founder of Althorp. He grazed sheep here from 1486 and, in 1508, he bought the land and built the house. Sir John already owned an estate and house in Wormleighton, Warwickshire, much of which was destroyed in the English Civil War, but by putting down roots at Althorp, Sir John provided what was to become a home for the next 19 generations.

Sir Robert Spencer
1570 - 1627

Reputed to be the richest man in England, thanks in part to the steady accumulation of his forebears Robert, first Baron Spencer was born at Althorp.

James I made Robert Baron Spencer of Wormleighton in 1603, to secure his support on becoming king. A man of standing, Sir Robert was an MP and Ambassador, but his primary interests were his family and sheep farming. When his beloved wife, Margaret (a relation of Lady Jane Grey) died, he was so distressed that his son and his family moved into Althorp to help raise his spirits.

Sarah (Jennings) Marlborough
1660 - 1744

Perhaps the most extraordinary female in a long line of impressive women, Sarah Jennings rose to be one of the most influential women of her time through her close friendship with Queen Anne.

Relatively poor when she married the equally cash–strapped John Churchill, her husband became one of Britain’s greatest ever commanders, and the First Duke of Marlborough. Sarah’s second daughter, Anne, married Charles Spencer, Third Earl of Sunderland, who was owner of Althorp.

Sarah secured the fortunes of the Spencers when she bequeathed huge wealth to John, her favourite Spencer grandson and father of the First Earl Spencer.

Read more about Althorp's history here


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