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Overview

Boughton is both a family home and one of Britain’s grandest and best-preserved stately homes. The house is renowned for its outstanding collections of fine art, furniture, tapestries, porcelain and carpets.

Visitors can view a magnificent range of paintings by great artists, including The Adoration of the Shepherds by El Greco, Gainsborough’s, more than forty grisailles and portraits by Van Dyck, and Breaking Cover by John Wootton to name but a few.

Boughton also has some of the best-preserved baroque State Rooms in the British Isles. Here you can walk through grand apartments of contrasting character decorated in extravagant yet elegant taste.

The surrounding designed landscape has been carefully restored over the last decade with wide sculptured lawns to survey, serene lakes, waterways, woods and avenues of trees to be strolled down.

The formal gardens include the Walled Garden with its herbaceous border, flowerbeds and newly created Sensory Garden.


Opening
Opening

2019

Easter Bank Holiday 20th - 22nd April from 12pm - 5pm (last entry at 4pm) - Gardens, Armoury and Ground floor only, free flow. From 1pm - 5pm.

May Bank Holiday Weekend  25th - 27th May from 12pm - 5pm (last entry at 4pm) - Gardens, Armoury and Ground floor only, free flow. From 1pm - 5pm.

1st - 31st August from 12pm - 5pm – Gardens and Tearooms, 1pm - Exhibition and Armoury, Tours of Ground floor from 1pm and Staterooms from 3pm, Booking is advised. One tour per day of Books, Beds and Beyond. Booking is advised.

Find Us
Find us

Boughton is situated off the A4300 (Stamford Road), three miles north of Kettering, follow Brown Tourist signs through the village of Geddington. Continue past the Eleanor Cross, out of the village towards village of Grafton Underwood, continuing for approximately half a mile to the main silver entrance gates.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Usually free, sometimes a charge during events

Taxi

Premier Taxis 01536 417858

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free when choosing one of our main tours, the gardens and exhibition. This does not include entry outside normal opening times or during events.

House and Gardens
Adults: £10, Children 5-15 years: £8, Under 5s: free

Gardens Only
Adults: £6, Children 5-15 years: £3, Under 5s: free

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
Group Visits
Group Visits

A variety of group tours are available at Boughton House and cater to a range of interests.

We understand that every group is different, so we aim to make your visit as enjoyable as possible by tailoring your tour to suit your requirements.

We welcome groups to the House and gardens all year round for pre-booked tours.

All group tours should be pre-booked to avoid disappointment.

Find out more on our website.


Things to See

Fun Facts

Lord Montagu of Boughton put forward an act of parliament to have an annual celebration of the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot - a event we know today as Bonfire night!

The gardens at Boughton


Walks

Boughton’s gardens were laid out to impress the eye, for decades the landscape was carefully shaped and teased by the 1st and 2nd Dukes of Montagu into a series of stunning vistas, tree-lined avenues and bold water features.

But in 1749, after 60 years of intense creativity, the great House and its Estate passed to families with other substantial properties. Boughton was no longer a family home and nature reclaimed the terraces, the waterways silted up and the landscaped woodlands were adapted to sporting use. For more than 200 years the huge formal gardens were almost lost.

The passion of recent generations has fired a major restoration programme in the parkland. We have replanted hundreds of avenue trees (including a mile of limes) and restored the spellbinding series of waterways, lakes and reflecting pools created when the River Ise was first canalised. The man-made Mount has been uncovered, freeing up commanding views of the revitalised landscape and the new 21st century garden.

You can also treat your nose in the Walled Garden with its herbaceous border, flowerbeds and newly created Sensory Garden. The peace and beauty of the Rose Garden and the ancient Lily Pond are well worth seeking out.


Garden wedding


Weddings

Boughton House is a truly stunning wedding venue in Northamptonshire. When you imagine your wedding day, you envisage your family and friends in beautiful surroundings celebrating your union.

Boughton provides the perfect backdrop for your special day, promising grandeur, luxury and intimacy in its droves. Often referred to as The English Versailles, it is a venue unlike any other, with a range of locations on offer.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Boughton is available to host exclusive corporate and private events.

We are delighted to offer a variety of event spaces to choose from, whether you are looking to host a team building day, conference, meeting or incentive dinner. Our experienced team is here to help you enjoy the planning process as much as the event itself.

We have a purpose-built hospitality suite in the beautiful converted 18th-century stableyard. Blending original features with a contemporary style with full AV equipment and an adjacent bar/break out space. It is accessed via a flexible reception space which can also be used as a production office or small meeting space. A second small meeting room on the first floor with its own kitchen is also a useful green room for performing artists or visiting speakers.

A variety of individual exterior event spaces offer the opportunity for you to host different activities in several locations on the day of your event. 500 acres of grade 1 listed gardens and landscape within 11,000 acres of carefully managed estate offer unique event opportunities.

Dedicated hard standing parking for 100 cars and two coaches, with additional grass parking available if required. Tours or viewings of the House can included as part of your event.

Facilities

  • Projector and screen
  • Lunch
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • Breakfast
  • Accessible toilets
  • Plentiful parking

I wanted to thank you for doing all you could to make us welcome, as well as the great effort you went to setting up our room, very much appreciated! Would you also pass on my thanks to all who helped you today, not forgetting their graces the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, without whom, it would not be possible.

BBC Radio Northampton, Gardeners Question Time


School Visits

We have a education officer who, working with the house team looks to provide a tailored visitor experience for each visiting educational group.