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Althorp

The Stables, Althorp, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN7 4HQ

Althorp

The Stables, Althorp, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN7 4HQ

Even if Diana Princess of Wales had no connection with Althorp (pronounced Alltrop, don’t you know), it would still be a simply lovely country house to visit in the languid Northamptonshire countryside. The house dates back to the early 1500s and through careful collecting, an uncanny knack of commissioning the right artisans and artists and clever curatorship now has a deeply impressive interior that boasts works by Gainsborough, Van Dyke, Reynolds and Rubens (among many, many others). In total there are nineteen rooms to ogle at and wonder what it must have been like to be brought up in such a magnificent setting. When you’ve oohed and aaghed at the interior, take a stroll by the lovely lake and through the gardens (where a sea of daffodils dazzles in springtime) and then finish off with a mooch around the stunning honey-coloured ironstone stables where the Spencer family have created an unmissable exhibition dedicated to the late princess and her charity work.

Althorp also has a Historic House:

Althorp (Historic House Section)

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Perfect wedding venues by Dinah Hatch

"Well, if it’s good enough for Diana, Princess of Wales to live in, it’s good enough for us. This wonderful Northamptonshire estate where the late princess grew up throws its ancient and stunningly preserved rooms open exclusively to wedding parties who want to add a touch of class to proceedings. You can hold your civil ceremony in either the Picture Gallery, The State Dining Room, the Great Room, the Saloon or the Marlborough Room, each groaning with history and fabulous architecture. The bedrooms can house the wedding couple and 40 more guests, so you can awake the day after your marriage feeling like royalty (who have often stayed there through its 500 year history)."

Information on Althorp , The Stables , Althorp , Northampton

Opening Times: 1 Jul to 29 Aug 2013, Daily, 12:00-17:00. Last entry to the Estate at 16.00
Admission: Adult £12.50, Child (5-17) £6.00, Under 5 Free, Seniors £10.50, Family (2 adult & 3 Child) £29.50, Carer Free. An additional £2.50 is payable to visit the upstairs rooms of the House.
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: No
Location: Located seven miles west of Northampton. Althorp is easily accessible from the M1. Alternatively, trains run regularly from London Euston to Northampton, with the train station being a 20 minute drive from the Althorp Estate.
Facilities: Disabled Access to the grounds and lower floors of the house., Full Disabled Access, Free parking available within the grounds, Parking Availability, For information about Group Visits and Coaches, please call the Visitor Manager, Ruth Coverdale, on 01604 770107, Refreshments, Shop

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