Frequently Asked Questions

We hope that we can help answer your question below
Are children welcome?

Of course! Tickets are priced at £11 for 5-16 year olds and under for under 4 year olds. Alternatively, Family Tickets are available for £45 and include 2 Adults and 2 x 5-16 year olds. For more information on tickets, please click here.

Do you cater for food allergies?

If you have any specific allergies or intolerances please ask a member of staff in The Stables Café, or contact us before your visit.

Is photography permitted?

You may take photographs of the exterior of Althorp House and grounds for personal use. Unfortunately, internal photography is not permitted without prior arrangement. Photography taken for any commercial use must have prior written consent from the Althorp Estate. If you are interested in the possibility of using Althorp as a location for filming or photography please send an email with your enquiry to filming@althorp.com, or read more about Althorp’s potential as a commercial photoshoot location here.

Are dogs allowed?

Dogs are not permitted on the Estate, except for guide and assistance dogs.

What refreshments are available?

Refreshments including light lunches, cakes and a variety of hot and cold drinks are available from The Stables Café with ample seating both inside and al fresco in the Stables courtyard. If you have brought a picnic, please use the dedicated picnic area overlooking the Deer Park.

What is the current exhibition?

We have two brand new exhibitions for 2016; ‘Rediscovered’ and ‘Paintings and Drawings by Paul Brason’. ‘Rediscovered’ is an exhibition of recently discovered Edwardian photographs of the Spencer family which throw light on the life of an aristocratic family in the first decade of the 20th century.

‘Paintings and Drawings’ comprises some of Paul Brason’s finest pieces offering a fascinating insight into the work of one of the country’s most respected portrait painters. Brason was commissioned by Earl Spencer in 2015 to paint a posthumous portrait of his father, the late 8th Earl Spencer, which can now be seen an the top of the Saloon staircase at Althorp.

Why did the Diana Exhibition close?

The Diana: A Celebration exhibition closed at Althorp in 2013, and closed globally at the end of August 2014, after 15 years of critical acclaim.

Can I have my wedding at Althorp?

Yes. We are able to hold civil ceremonies in any of the following five magnificent State Rooms: The Picture Gallery, the State Dining Room, the Great Room, the Saloon or the Marlborough Room. We invite you to host both your ceremony and reception at Althorp. Equally, if you are planning a church wedding, we welcome you and your guests to enjoy exclusive use of the House for your wedding day and night, while hosting your reception here. Find out more about Althorp weddings here.

Can you hire the House exclusively?

Yes. Althorp House is available for exclusive hire. Discover more about the exclusive opportunities available here.

Can you hire the House for an event?

Althorp House, Deer Park and The Stables are for exclusive private hire and bespoke events. Please read more here. Alternatively, contact the Events team on 01604 770107 or by e-mail on events@althorp.com.

 

Where do I direct filming enquiries?

Althorp is available as a filming and photography location. Click here to explore potential of the House, Parkland and Wider Estate. Please direct any filming enquiries in writing to filming@althorp.com or fill in the online form.

Where do I direct media and press enquiries?

Please direct all media and press enquiries in writing to media@althorp.com.

What events do you have on?

Althorp has events running throughout the year. Click here to access our events calendar, and don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter to be kept informed.

Is Althorp part of the Historic Houses Association?

Yes. Althorp is proud to be part of the Historic Houses Association. All HHA Members and Friends will receive free entry with a valid membership card on any of Althorp’s public opening dates during normal opening hours.

How do I buy tickets?

Althorp is open to visitors for selected dates between May and September, and for several days in December for a special Christmas Opening event.
Tickets can be booked online in advance or, in some cases, purchased on the gate when you arrive.
Please click here for more information on Public Opening Tickets.
Althorp Literary Festival tickets are released in Spring. Read more about the Festival here.
For tickets to special events, please browse all available events here.

Can I bring a picnic?

Yes. There are plenty of benches and grass areas to take a picnic in our dedicated picnic area.

Are public toilets available?

Fully accessible toilets for wheelchair users can be found in the Pump Yard behind the Stables Courtyard. There are also fully accessible public toilets available for use inside the House.

Am I able to make a group booking in advance to ensure there are no problems on the date we intend to visit?

Yes, you can – please note that it is essential that a group booking is made in advance using the form provided on the Group Visits page.

What time is last entry?

During the opening season, Althorp is open to the public from 11am to 5pm, with last admission to the House at 3pm, and to the Stables and Grounds at 4pm.

What are your policies on safety and security? Can I bring a bag?

For your safety and security, bag searches may be in operation.

Do you have information on local accommodation?

Yes. Please visit our Places to Stay page.

What is your lost property procedure?

Althorp House aims to collect and store items of property that are deemed to be lost by visitors and guests in the House and grounds. Please contact the House Opening Team for more information on 01604 770107.

How do I get to Althorp?

The postcode for Satnav’s is NN7 4HE. Further information and directions can be found here.

Where can I park?

Free car parking is available to all visitors, please note that there is a 5 to 10 minute walk from the car park through the grounds to the House. Disabled parking is available on request.

Can I reach Althorp by bus?

There is a public bus service run by Stage Coach. Please note that there is a 20 minute walk from the bus stop to Althorp, which may not be suitable for all visitors. For further information and a timetable please visit www.stagecoachbus.com, or telephone Northamptonshire Stage Coach on 01604 676060 (8am – 5pm Mon-Fri).

Is there disability access?

The Estate and Stables, and ground floor of the House, are fully accessible to wheelchair users. Please not that there is no assisted access available to the upstairs rooms in the House. Visitors with accessibility concerns, and queries about the disabled parking, are asked to contact the House Opening team directly regarding their visit on 01604 770 107 or email mail@althorp.com.

Which is the nearest railway station?

The principle railway station is Northampton, 6 miles from Althorp House. A regular service is offered from London Euston to Northampton and Birmingham International to Northampton. Please see www.nationalrail.co.uk for more details.

Which are the nearest airports?

From key airports to Althorp:

Birmingham International Airport – 41m/66km
London Luton Airport – 45m/73km
London Heathrow Airport – 75m/121km
London City Airport – 92m/148km
London Stansted Airport – 94m/151km
London Gatwick Airport – 118m/180km

Do you have a Gift Shop?

Yes. The Althorp Gift Shop is located in the Stables Courtyard and is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

Is there an online shop?

Our online Gift Shop carries a large range of products and can ship internationally. Visit the Gift Shop here.

Do you have a souvenir brochure?

An Althorp guidebook is available to purchase and makes for a lovely way to remember your visit. Our brochure is packed with facts and information and relates the history of Althorp House and the Spencer family. Purchase from our online gift shop, add to your ticket order, or take one home on the day of your visit from the Gift Shop in the Stables Courtyard.

Is there overnight accommodation available at Althorp for corporate guests?

Althorp House has 28 guest bedrooms, providing overnight accommodation for up to eighteen corporate guests. Please read more here. Alternatively, contact the Events team on 01604 770107 or by e-mail on events@althorp.com for further information.

How long are the tours?

We would advise that you allow at least 2 – 3 hours for your visit. However, why not also include a trip to the Stables Café for some leisurely refreshments or take in a picnic in the grounds?

Are there baby changing facilities?

Yes. Baby changing facilities are available in the public lavatories located in the Pump Yard, behind the Stables Courtyard.

May we bring pushchairs into the House?

Yes. Please be aware that there is only ease of access to the Ground Floor levels.

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