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Althorp House

Althorp has been the home of the Spencer family since the early 1500's when Sir John Spencer acquired the 300 acre estate and built the first house. Since then, generations of Spencer's have lived at Althorp, each imposing their own personality on the great house. Since 1992 when he became the 9th Earl, Charles Spencer has undertaken the task of restoring the house to former glories.
Althorp House is open to the public, but since the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, opening times have been restricted to two months of the year, July and August. Much has been done within the grounds to commemorate the life of Diana, and there is also an exhibition centre which celebrates her life. To visit Althorp, tickets must be purchased in advance, and are available from the Northampton Tourist Board, Tel. (01604) 622677.

During 2001, the House and Gardens will be open from 1st July to 30th August. Tickets will be available for morning visits, 9:00am - 1:00pm, or afternoon visits 1:00pm - 5:00pm.

Prices are £10.00 for adults, £8.00 senior citizens and £5.00 children.


Directions to Althorp House
Directions to Althorp House

During the months of July and August, visitor access to Althorp is restricted. Some roads are blocked off to ensure smooth traffic flows and consequently there is one way in and out. From Northampton, visitors should proceed for about 6 miles along the A428, passing through Harlestone, and also passed the main Althorp House gates before turning left towards Great Brington. It is marked "To Althorp". From the North on the A428, turn right towards Great Brington just after going under the railway bridge at Althorp.
After about 1 ½ miles, turn left and follow the road for about another mile before reaching the entrance. Car parking is available on the right. There is a 500 yard walk to the House through the grounds of the house, alternatively a courtesy bus can be utilised to get to the House and Princess Diana exhibition area.

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