Althorp

A medieval mansion that has been the home of the Spencer family since 1508, the most famous member of which was Princess Diana.

Regular events, festivals and exhibitions held in summer. Guided tours of the State Rooms.

Opening Period: May to September (see website for details) Admission Charges Apply
Location: The Stables, Althorp, Northamptonshire NN7 4HQ
Tel: 01604 770107
Website: spencerofalthorp.com

Billing Aquadrome

The Aquadrome comprises a series of nine lakes alongside a fast-flowing section of the river Nene, set in a country park covering some 235 acres. Facilities include a leisure park with adventure golf, go karts, miniature railway, play areas and indoor swimming pool. There are also shops, restaurants, bars, a boating marina and camping and caravanning facilities on site.

Location: Crow Lane, Northampton NN3 9DA - Admission Charges Apply
Tel: 01604 408181
Website: billingaquadrome.com

Boughton House

Boughton House Front FacadePrivately owned stately home near Geddington in Northamptonshire. The current 17th-c pile was transformed from a 15th-century monastery and built in the style of a magnificent French chateau. A colonnade of eight archways at the main entrance sets its classical tone.

Open to the public on limited dates between April and August (see website for details), the house is a treasure house of fine art and period furnishings.

Location: Boughton House, Geddington, Kettering NN14 1BJ - Admission Charges Apply
Tel: 01536 515731
Website: boughtonhouse.co.uk
Image Credit: Philip Halling (CC2)

Canons Ashby

Canons AshbyThis magnificent Elizabethan Manor has been the home of the Dryden family for over 450 years. The earliest part of the H shaped Tudor property is the central tower, built in 1550 by John Dryden, a native of Cumbria. Hence the architectural design is based around a Cumbrian Pele tower. Subsequent additions to the property are from the Georgian and Victorian eras.

Image Credit: © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

The many period decorated rooms in the house chart the Dryden family fortunes through the centuries. The drawing room contains an unusual square vaulted ceiling covered with decorative plasterwork. All of the symbols on the ceiling are related to fertility. The property is surrounded by formal gardens, with pristine manicured lawns studded with clipped topiary, miniature trees and formal island beds.

Location: near Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 3SD - Admission Charges Apply
Website: nationaltrust.org.uk

Catanger Llama Trekking

Why not lead a Llama through the beautiful countryside of Northamptonshire! There’s no better way to de-stress and enjoy the outdoors. Llamas are very tame and gentle animals that will love to walk with you along trackways, bridleways and country lanes. Although you wont be able to ride the llamas, you can lead them along at a comfortable pace of around 2 miles an hour.

Catanger Llama Trekking is not open to the general public, so advance booking is essential!
Book Tickets Online with Attractiontix

Opening times: all year (exc. Xmas) - Charges Apply
Location: Wappenham Road, Weedon Lois, Towcester, Northamptonshire NN12 8FN
Tel: 01327 860808
Website: llamatrekking.co.uk


Coton Manor Gardens

17th-c manor house looking down on a peaceful ten acre garden, located on a stunning hillside position. The garden is landscaped on several levels, comprising a series of smaller gardens, which provide variety and interest throughout the year. The gardens are graced by flowing streams, ponds and fountains. Outside the garden is a five acre bluebell wood and a wildflower meadow.

Location: Coton Manor, Coton Rd, Coton, Northampton NN6 8RQ - Admission Charges Apply
Tel: 01604 740219
Website: cotonmanor.co.uk

Deene Park

Deene Park in SpringEarly 16th-c Medieval, and later extended, Georgian mansion set in extensive grounds, with lakes, parkland and formal gardens. The house is open to the public from April to August on Sundays and BH Mondays. Around ten rooms are on display with guides on hand to discuss it historical details. The gardens are open from May to September (Tuesday to Friday). The gardens are also open for two Sundays in February, to showcase its unrivalled snowdrop displays, which carpet the entire estate.

Location: Deene, Corby NN17 3EW - Admission Charges Apply
Tel: 01780 450278
Website: deenepark.com

East Carlton Country Park

Carlton Country Park

Just a few miles away from the once steel industry capital of Corby, the 100 acre park is a peaceful place, with large areas of woodland, parkland and ponds. A small museum located in a converted coach house and stables (see image), tells the story of Corby and the development of the iron and steel industry in the area.

Location: 26 Church Ln, East Carlton, Market Harborough LE16 8YA - Free Entry & Free Parking
Website: corby.gov.uk

Fineshade Wood

Fineshade Wood

Part of Rockingham Forest, Fineshade Wood is rich mixed native broad-leaf and conifer woodland with trackways for both cyclists and walkers. The site includes a visitors centre and café, with cycle hire. An ideal place to visit for a great family day out.

Opening times: visitor centre open daily between 10am - 5pm. Free Entry
Location: NN17 3BB (between Stamford and Corby, sign posted from the A43)
Tel: 01780 444920 - Website
Facilities: parking, caravan site, café, family picnic areas, children's adventure playground, cycle hire.

Holdenby House

Historic country house, built in 1583 by Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor and favourite of Elizabeth I. In its day it was largest private house in Elizabethan England. James I took over the property during his reign and his son, Charles I, was held prisoner here for 5 months before his execution.

Private tours may be booked for group parties on weekdays. Moreover, Holdenby's lovely Grade listed formal gardens are open to the public on Sundays and BH Mondays from April to September (1pm to 5pm), see website for details.

Location: Holdenby House, Northampton NN6 8DJ - Admission Charges Apply
Tel: 01604 770074
Website: holdenby.com

Hunsbury Hill Country Park

Located approximately 2 miles from Northampton town centre, 38 hectares in area and dominated by the crown of an Iron Age hill fort on the crest of Hunsbury Hill. The former iron works is now a railway museum, which includes engine and rolling stock.

Location: Hunsbury Close, Northampton NN4 9UE
Website: northamptonspaces.info


Kirby Hall

Kirby Hall

A fascinating Elizabethan house with ornate architecture and formal gardens. Although mostly a roofless ruin, its walls are richly decorated and the grounds neatly maintained. In particular, the Great Hall and the state rooms remain in good order, having been restored and redecorated in keeping with the period. Guided tours available. Run by English Heritage.

Location: Kirby Lane, Deene, Gretton, Corby NN17 3EN - Admission Charges Apply
Tel: 01536 203230
Website: english-heritage.org.uk

Lamport Hall

Grand Grade I listed country house, developed from a Tudor manor house. The gardens and 10 acres of parkland are as impressive as the house. Open to the public between April and October. Regular events during the summer.

Location: Lamport, Northampton NN6 9HD - Admission Charges Apply
Tel: 01604 686272
Website: lamporthall.co.uk

Rockingham Castle

Rockingham Castle

A royal fortress built for William the Conqueror. Granted by Queen Elizabeth I to Edward Watson, whose descendants have lived there ever since. To the north of Corby, Rockingham Castle stands on the summit of a hill above the River Welland, its Norman gatehouse and Hall entrances are well preserved. The rest of the building has Elizabethan restoration and 19th-century architecture. Set in extensive gardens from an formal Italian Garden to a very unusual topiary. The village of Rockingham, on the slope below the castle, has many 15th to 17th century houses, built almost entirely in local ironstone.

Location: Market Harborough LE16 8TH - Admission Charges Apply
Tel: 01536 770240
Website: rockinghamcastle.com

Rushton Triangular Lodge

Rushton Triangular Lodge

Built in 1593, the lodge has three sides, three triangular gables on each side and a three-sided chimney. Biblical quotations in Latin are sculpted in a frieze, consisting of 33 letters. Each side of the building is 33 feet long. The lodge was used by the keeper of the rabbits on Sir Thomas Tresham's estate.


Saxon Churches

Fotheringhay ChurchBrixworth and Earls Barton possess two of the most important Saxon churches in Europe.

Fotheringhay has a large collegiate church (see image) on the banks of the River Nene.


Southwick Hall

Dating from the 14th-century and added to over the centuries, the hall demonstrates the typical development of a manor house from its medieval origins. The hall has been the ancestral home of three inter-related families, and many rooms are of interest, including The Hall, Study, Parlour, Crypt, Gothic Room, Oak Room, Vaulted Room and the Courtyard. An exhibition of Victorian clothes worn by members of the Capron family is also on display.

Open to the public at very limited times during the year. Group parties may visit at other times by prior arrangement only (see website for details).

Location: Southwick Hall, Southwick (Near Oundle) - Admission Charges Apply
Tel: 01832 274064
Website: southwickhall.co.uk

Sulgrave Manor

The ancestral home of George Washington, the first President of the USA. Built in 1560 by Lawrence Washington, it is one of the few English country homes to fly the American flag.

Location: Manor Road, Banbury OX17 2SD - Admission Charges Apply
Tel: 01295 760205
Website: sulgravemanor.org.uk

Waterways Museum

Stoke Bruerne

Located in a restored corn mill in the picturesque village of Stoke Bruerne, an ideal place to enjoy and experience the canal industry.

Location: 3 Bridge Rd, Stoke Bruerne, Towcester NN12 7SB -
Museum Charges Apply
Tel: 01604 862229
Website: stokebruernecanalmuseum.org.uk

Wicksteed Park

Small leisure and amusement park with rides and attractions for children - one of the oldest theme parks in the UK. Over 25 fairground and amusement rides from water-chutes to roller-coasters. Miniature railway, gardens, boating lake, indoor and outdoor play areas.

Location: Barton Rd, Kettering NN15 6NJ - Admission Charges Apply
Tel: 01536 512475
Website: wicksteedpark.org

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