Nestled in the Northamptonshire countryside, and yet only a short drive from the motorway network, Lamport has a story worth hearing.
A Tudor founder, blind book collector, wayward 17th-century grand tourist, eccentric Victorian, Hollywood actor, commanding wives and dedicated daughters - Lamport is full of characters.
Home to the Isham family for over four centuries, the fortunes, interests and trials of each generation have left their mark.
Developed from a Tudor manor house, architecturally the hall has been worked on by John Webb, Smith of Warwick and William Burn.
Visit Lamport Hall and explore the fine rooms and discover a wealth of outstanding furniture, books, china and paintings along with tales of success, debt, firsts and adventure.
Today’s opening hours
House: 1 April - 31 October - Every Wednesday & Thursday from 1pm-4pm. Access by guided tour only at 1:45pm and 2:30pm.
Gardens: 1 March - 31 October: Every Wednesday & Thursday from 1pm-4pm. Garden tour every first Wednesday of the month included in the admission price.
House and gardens: 1 April - 31 October: Every Wednesday, Thursday and Bank Holida Monday from 1pm to 4pm. (Tea Room and exhibitions in the stables). Access to the house is by guided tour only on Wednesday and Thursdays.
Located approx. 4 miles from junction 2 of A14, between Northampton and Market Harborough.
The nearest train stations are Northampton or Kettering, both with direct lines to London. The X7 bus which runs between Northampton and Leicester stops in the village.
Car park on site
Historic Houses members visit for free.
Hall & Gardens
Child (11-18): £4
Under 11s: free
Child (11-18): £3
Under 11: free
- Accessible parking
- Accessible toilets
Groups are welcome, by arrangement, at any time to Lamport when the house is not open to the public, which is on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.
For the full Lamport experience, groups will enjoy a guided tour of the Hall (approx. 75 minutes) with our experienced guides who will share stories of the Isham family, the history of the Hall and the inspirational story behind the Hall’s survival in the 20th- century.
After the tour of the Hall, visitors are free to discover the delights of the gardens.
Lamport became the 'home of the gnome' under its Victorian Baronet, Sir Charles Isham. He began work on one of the first rockeries in England in 1847. Some 24 foot high, 90 foot long and 47 foot wide, it was built right up against the Hall so that Sir Charles could see it from his bedroom window.
The Rockery was populated with small figures from Nuremberg and the idea of the garden gnome was born. Only one original garden gnome has survived and can be viewed in the Hall. The original garden gnome has featured on national television.
Lamport Hall is a fine example of John Webb's domestic architectural work. Webb was the pupil of the influential architect Inigo Jones, the surveyor of the king's works. Lamport is among Webb's most substantial domestic works. Webb built a new wing for Sir Justinian, 2nd Baronet, between 1654 and 1657 in the fashionable Italianate style. One of the few remaining Webb pieces, Lamport has an original John Webb design fireplace with Weldon stone surround; it has a wood overmantle where the Isham crest and a coat of arms can be seen.
Set within the rolling Northamptonshire countryside, Lamport Hall provides a secluded and atmospheric location for your special day. With a stunning classical frontage and beautiful gardens, Lamport Hall is a perfect location for you and your guests to enjoy.
At Lamport we have a choice of two rooms that are licensed for civil ceremonies. We never have more than one wedding at a time, therefore you can enjoy your special day with exclusivity.
The Oak Room has a staircase entrance for the Bride and magnificent panelled walls and can accommodate up to 70 people.
The High Room is home to some of the largest paintings from Lamport's collection and the tallest space, a breath-taking environment that can accommodate up to 45 people.
After the ceremony, the gardens provide a beautiful backdrop, whatever the season, for your photographs. At Lamport Hall we are able to cater for your wedding breakfast and can sit up to 50 guests in our Victorian dining room.
The Hall and grounds are available for hire on an exclusive basis and provide an elegant and special venue for small conferences, meetings, seminars, product launches, corporate hospitality, filming, outdoor events and receptions.
Facilities include the exclusive use of the beautiful Hall and gardens, the parkland and stable block for outdoor events and activities.
The Hall and grounds provide an elegant and special venue for small conferences, corporate hospitality, filming, outdoor events, receptions and much more.