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Overview

Gardens only free to Historic Houses members.

Once the largest private house in England and subsequently the palace of James 1 and prison of Charles 1, Holdenby has appeared in the BBC’s acclaimed adaptations of ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘The Women in White’.

Sitting on a hill overlooking 2000 acres of rolling countryside, its suite of elegant state rooms open onto beautiful Grade 1 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.


Opening
Opening

Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, April to September, 1pm to 5pm. Gardens free to Historic Houses members (except on special event days - check with property in advance).

 

Appointment

The gardens are open during the summer but the house is only open by appointment and for special events. 

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) 

 

Find Us
Find us

Holdenby is located six miles north west of Northampton, 1 hour from London and 45 minutes from Birmingham. Just eight miles from the M1 the house can be found between the A428 and A5199.

 

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Taxi

Bounds 01604 626262

Admission
Admission

Historic House members visit the house and garden for free. On Special Event days, members are asked to pay the applicable admission fee to the event but still have free access to the house.

Please check their website for non-member prices.

 

 

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Group Visits
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 office@holdenby.com or 01604 770074.


A word from the owner

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...

Things to See

Visitors at Holdenby


Walks

The 20 acre Grade 1 listed garden, set in stately lawns and hedges, has several special features.

Away from the formal gardens lie the terraces of the original Elizabethan rose garden - one of the best-preserved examples of their kind.

There is also a delightful walled kitchen garden with the original Victorian greenhouses.


The Dining Room


Weddings

Brides find Holdenby a very special place. Its elegant state rooms overlook 20 acres of Grade 1 listed gardens and 2,000 acres of stunning countryside.

Once a Palace to two Stuart Kings, it now remains a private family home, providing a unique combination of grandeur, warmth and intimacy that other commercial venues cannot emulate…and on your wedding day it will truly become your home. There will be no other activities or events.

As well as the Staterooms, the private White Bedroom and Bathroom are yours for the day. Holdenby believe it is the little touches that count - you can put your favourite photographs in their frames around the house and each couple is given a complimentary bottle of Holdenby’s locally grown champagne to celebrate.

The award winning catering team will create bespoke menus for an impressive wedding breakfast feast including produce from our own Kitchen Garden. On top of all of this, the accomplished team have over 30 years’ experience in hosting weddings, ensuring that each event is planned to perfection with impeccable personal service.

Facilities

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

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Holdenby has been the scene of some of Englands most important historical events. Now it provides the ideal venue for all types of corporate or public events, whether outdoor or indoor, large or small scale.

Outdoor events

The Grade I grounds are perfectly laid out for larger scale events… from product launches, company staff days, concerts, festivals, events and parties of all kinds. Its uniquely inspiring setting has been used for a large scale reception for the British Grand Prix, with a magnificent transparent marquee, fireworks and dancing with drivers flying in by helicopter.

Entertainment

The elegant interiors lend themselves perfectly to memorable dinners, luncheons or parties. The Ballroom may be used for concerts, dancing or converted into a casino for the night. Awards dinner, auctions, mystery evenings can all be accommodated in Holdenby’s beautiful suite of rooms.

Conferences

Holdenby has a suite of elegant rooms for all types of business requirements. The Pytchley Room is ideal for board meetings or gatherings of 8-15 people. The Ballroom can seat up to 100 delegates (theatre style). The Dining Room, with its beautiful silk damask wallcovering, can seat up to 80 delegates (theatre style) and may also be used to dine. The library, Inner Hall and Entrance Hall are also available for smaller events.

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Lunch
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • Breakfast
  • Accessible toilets
  • Plentiful parking

Holdenby has been the scene for some of Englands most important historical events. Now it provides the ideal venue for all types of corporate and public events, whether outdoor or indoor, large or small scale.


School 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.