Althorp House
Althorp House
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  • LauraBray
    Seaton, United Kingdom115 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful, exciting, memorable visit
    Oh wow! I've been wanting to visit Althorp for about 30 years and I wasn't disappointed. There's a stunning walk from the car park through the main entrance under the ancient oak trees to the stable block. Then Althorp House itself appears - and wow! it was magnificent. We were given access via the impressive Palladian hall (much nicer than having to go in the tradesman's entrance!). The interior architecture was amazing too, and the house is stuffed full of fascinating paintings, sculptures and china. It was all beautifully presented. There was an interesting balance between being an ancient, historic house and a much loved family home with all its fascinating history. I can't understand why anyone would want to leave a negative comment (see previous). My husband and I thought it was all wonderful and good value for money. The staff were welcoming, friendly and helpful. The stable cafe was fascinating too. It had been well converted leaving many of the original stalls and names of the horses on the partitions. (If you're on a limited budget though suggest taking a picnic - pretty picnic area near the stable block). The gift shop was interesting too. We didn't visit the lake where the late Princess of Wales is buried as it was lashing down with rain. Even in the awful weather though the parklands looked impressive. In summary, highly recommended. PS. Great Brington Church nearby is well worth visiting too.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • TheArgulator
    Grantham, United Kingdom37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family run and it shows (that is a complement!)
    It was easy to see that Althorp is run by the family and not a NT Manager. I found the way it was run to be very relaxing from the parking in a field (no attendants) to the enthusiasm of those giving answers to questions and even the gift shop which had little of the usual touristy stuff. The cafe had a small but adequate selection which is not surprising if as I think the house is only open for the summer. The Diana Memorial and Oval Lake were very well kept with seats all around the lake for visitors to sit and ponder. I loved the Mathematical bricks and the stonework was immaculate.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Ginger Cat
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First Rate Collection of Paintings and Furniture
    Based on the reviews I read below, I almost didn't bother visiting Althorp House. However, as I am a member of Historic Houses, which means 'free' entry to the house and as I happened to be passing, I decided to visit anyway. I am so glad I did! The contents of the house ie paintings and furniture are absolutely top-notch. It is stuffed full of paintings by the very best artists of the day. It is a treasure trove of artistic delights. Plus the decor is in wonderful condition. It doesn't look all sad and dusty like so many National Trust Houses. For Diana fans the house contains one nice portrait of her so they might be a tiny bit disappointed but come looking for a wider historic and artistic experience and it's well worth a visit. It's not a Diana shrine, but a very well kept stately home. The cafe was fine if a bit functional ie sandwiches and cake wrapped in plastic and drinks in paper cups but it tasted fine to me, although I was starving and not very fussy at the time. I have since found quite a lot of stuff on YouTube about the house which gives a good taste of it. I have also bought the £6 guide book. If Althorp House did some guided tours several times a day, rather than just free flow reading a few notice boards, I think many people would get a lot more out of the house. I know quite a lot about history and art so understand a lot of what I was looking at but I suspect many visitors would benefit from more information - I would.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Victoria C
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Althorp House and Gardens
    All the grounds were very well maintained and the walk to the house along the oak tree lined drive was a sight to see. A lovely coffee shop with a smart courtyard to sit and enjoy some lunch before visiting the impressive house which was extremely well maintained. Great toilet facilities which were fresh and clean. Very helpful and friendly team members and we both left Althorp very happy after wanting to visit there for many years.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Deedee01
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Birthday made extra special with a visit to Althorp estate
    What an amazing place Althorp estate is. Myself and my husband enjoyed the vast beautiful gardens before we toured the house. I left a beautiful bouquet with a card at Diana's memorial which is situated beside the lake where our Princess is laid to rest. We have had a spectacular day and have our memories to treasure for a lifetime. 1000% recommend a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • mary p
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best
    Had my reservations after reading some reviews. I'm glad I decided to go. What an amazing house. The Spencer family obviously love their house and it shows in the care and attention. Very clean bright and welcoming. The volunteers were lovely and very knowledgeable. You can tell from the youngest to the oldest how much pride they have working there. Yes, there are a lot of portraits but it's an ancestral home. I bet there aren't many of us who don't have family pictures up in our own homes.... It was quite a long walk up to the house but not tedious. Look around and soak up the beauty. Look at the reason for the avenue and take it all in. We did go to Diana's memorial. A very special place. Take a walk around the lake ,ask about it. Sit and take a moment. When you have done this go and have a drink and a snack in the lovely cafe and browse in the shop and book stall. I would definitely go again.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Charles S
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom1,051 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Beautiful Family Stately Home & Estate
    Althorp is the Spencer family home and estate which is open annually in July and August. It is located near Great Brington on a road a short distance from the St. Mary / St. John Church. The grass public car park is on the right across the road from the Althorp Park Gateway entrance. There is disabled parking at the house via the gateway entrance, staff will open the gates to access. Inside the house the areas open to the public include Wootten Hall entrance, the Saloon with it's giant staircase and 1st floor picture gallery, formally an open courtyard before being roofed in the 17th Century. Other areas to see are the Drawing and Dining Rooms, Billiard Room, Chapel and Bedrooms. The house has an impressive collection of portrait art, never seen quite so many. Outside there is the walled garden, a tree planted by Nelson Mandela upon his visit in 2002, Princess Diana memorial temple by the side of the lake and an island where Princess Diana is buried. Peacocks roam around the grounds. Before leaving visit the stable block where the gift shop and restaurant are located. Althorp House is not just a stately home, it importantly has the feel of a real family home with furnishings and modern family pictures mixed with historic pieces. See the website before visiting, allow 2-3 hours for the house, gardens, shop and cafe. Note, no photography is allowed in the family home, it is allowed in the lovely gardens. Well worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Concs
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit
    After reading very mixed reviews we were concerned, however I’m now not sure where negative reviewers visited! Brilliant day, free parking and a lovely walk down the drive watching the deer. Stable Cafe has basic snacks, cakes and drinks but all good and staff helpful if you can’t find what you want, I.e. wholemeal bread sandwich. House has a really homely feel, is obviously loved and used by the family. The house has numerous art works, two in particular thought provoking but shows an excellent mix of new and old, this home moves with the times. Bedrooms made up for visitors, nice to think of them being used, good written descriptions with historical facts all around. Gardens well kept, loved the newly developed walled garden and throughout all staff friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Thank you for allowing us to share this gem in our county. And the sun shone!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Alan
    England, United Kingdom80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and more real than National Trust properties
    A much better experience than I was expecting. The house gives the impression that it is still very much a home that is lived in. There is a large collection of paintings with some more modern thought provoking pieces and the staff within the home are knowledgeable and friendly. The gardens are large and relaxing to walk around but not overly fancy. The lake with the island where Diana is buried is a very peaceful place to stop for a while with numerous benches to sit and contemplate. Compared to the standard National Trust property I prefer Althorp House as it does feel like a home rather than the very staged approach of N.T. properties. Parking is free, the gift shop whilst small does have a wide selection of gifts to purchase at surprisingly reasonable prices and the cafe which has a selection of sandwiches and cakes is far better value than the daylight robbery that National Trust cafes charge.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Mac
    Sheffield, United Kingdom8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely house, grounds and staff but poor cafe
    Visited Sunday 20 August 2023. Beautiful house , grounds and gardens. Staff were excellent inside the house; knowledgeable and helpful. We travelled from York so were looking forward to a lunch at the cafe, but very disappointed; all of the sandwiches were mass produced and on their sell-by date (20/08/23) and all all six that we purchased had gone stale. Nothing available looked good and there was nothing freshly made on offer such as jacket potatoes with a filling, or anything. Had we known we would have brought a picnic. Might be helpful if Althorp advised visitors the the cafe is limited to pre packed sandwiches and cakes. Date of experience: August 2023
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 August 2023
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machinmad
Yaxley, UK2,490 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
A plain, square looking country house from the outside, this shape facilitates a light and airy inside which shows off the family's art collection to good effect. The house is stuffed with antiquities and there are lots of guides on-hand to tell you all about it and relay interesting stories about famous people who stayed there over the years.

The grounds do not have many flower boarders, rather you can marvel at the magnificent mature trees that abound. And of course the jewel in the crown is the lake where Dianna rests.

Worth a visit if you're in the area.
Written 6 September 2023
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Fi D
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Birthday treat to myself, as I love visiting stately homes and am a massive fan of the Rabbit Hole Detectives podcast, starring Charles, Earl Spencer. The house is lovely, so obviously a family home that is cared for with respect and awe by its residents. The artwork is stunning, (Rubens, Reynolds and Stubbs!) the gardens are well laid-out and in the style of the era of the house and the lake is a restful place to reflect on Princess Diana and her legacy. I had the cream tea - a massive cup of Earl grey tea and scone with clotted cream and jam (first the former, then the latter - I’m originally from Devon!) and enjoyed the shop as well. I’m happy to support this lovely place which honours the past and reminds us that we are custodians of this earth and its treasures, not owners.
Written 30 August 2023
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Edward J
Littlehampton, UK56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
First time To the home of Spencers the house is very grand with lots of paintings and the grounds are stunning, You can see the island on the lake where The princess of the Wales is said to be buried there are lots of rumours that she has actually buried in the local church with the rest of the Spencer’s in their private crypt ,the pathways are very disabled friendly and easy to get around the house you’re not allowed to take electric buggies in. I would say it was a worthwhile visit as the house is not always open to the public so have a look on their website for times of opening also if you are a blue badge holder wait by the gate if you can park near the house.
Written 28 August 2023
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markevs
Llanelli, UK192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
My wife and I wanted too visit where Dianna had been laying at rest for many years now it’s a beautiful place the house is very well maintained and decorated the gardens are outstanding and where she lays at rest is so tranquil people walk around and whisper that’s all you can hear are the birds. Well worth a visit.
Written 26 August 2023
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gina1344gw
Northumberland, UK25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
History of historic houses. May I suggest that if your going here to see and pay tribute to Diana then you will be severely disappointed the resting place of Diana is over grown and if Diana is buried in the centre then it’s a disgrace to her name. My theory is Diana is interned in the church we’re the rest of the Spencer’s are. The monument is there to lay flowers a couple of pictures at the house and basically that’s it.
Car par is a field and a good 15 to twenty minutes walk to the house. Not for people with disabilities who have problems walking. Which brings me too the ignorance of some people not all disabilities can be seen by the human eye. To the Baffoon who complained that people were parking in the disabled car park and saying they were not disabled. How do you know just because you can’t see it dose not mean it’s not present. Disability come in many forms.
The house it self has a lot of history, unfortunately the guardian of the house Earl Spencer lacks vision in not stating who the portraits are and what historical values they stand for. And as for the gardens you may wish to take a journey to Alnwick and take notes on presentation of how to bring colour and beauty to a garden. A beautiful Stately home in need of a more positive approach to its history. How on earth do you expect people to see portraits with know explanation from doors. Your entry fees are not value for money.
As for the mere cafe you have stale sandwiches and ice cream over priced as well as a shop that sells tat. You really need to think again people expect value for money.
On a positive note your books, interesting and informative. Pity you did not generate this knowledge into the house and present historical values of the house and the Spencer’s whom reside in this grand house. Raine almost ruined the house with her changing it into a barbi doll mansion thank goodness it was restored back. But now it lacks history and beauty it’s dull and meaningless a bothy in Scotland has more meaning. Totally disappointed.
Written 24 August 2023
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Kate H
London, UK50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We visited as the admission price was included in our HHA membership and we were visiting the area anyway so curious to see a stately home we obviously had heard of. The car park is a long walk from the house - fine for us but my 88 year old mother in law struggled and was exhausted before we even got to the house. I wish the girl at the ticket booth had offered more accessible parking (which does exist) instead of just apologising for the lack of a buggy. When we finally arrived at the house we began with lunch in the attractive Stable Cafe which only offered pre-packed sandwiches or cakes and drinks in paper cups. I was told the sandwiches didn’t taste very fresh but as there weren’t any gluten free ones my savoury option was a bag of crisps. The house is impressive (like many stately homes) and is obviously still lived in which is nice but we were rather underwhelmed by the visitor experience. The staff are very nice but mostly very young (presumably only employed for the few weeks in the summer that it opens) and we learnt very little about the house or family from the information boards in each room. We met our first guide in the Long Gallery (we wondered if we’d seen the ground floor during their lunch break) and she was excellent and very knowledgeable, giving us information about the Spencer family history and origins of the house. Perhaps it was our fault not doing our prep in advance but we have visited lots of houses and had them brought to life for us by tours, room guides or audio-visual displays/ audio tours so we didn’t feel we needed to read up in advance. We visited on a gloriously sunny day and had a pleasant walk round the memorial lake which is tastefully done. We then left in search of tea in pots/cups and cake that wasn’t wrapped in cellophane.
Written 23 August 2023
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Mac
Sheffield, UK8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends

Visited Sunday 20 August 2023. Beautiful house , grounds and gardens. Staff were excellent inside the house; knowledgeable and helpful. We travelled from York so were looking forward to a lunch at the cafe, but very disappointed; all of the sandwiches were mass produced and on their sell-by date (20/08/23) and all all six that we purchased had gone stale. Nothing available looked good and there was nothing freshly made on offer such as jacket potatoes with a filling, or anything. Had we known we would have brought a picnic. Might be helpful if Althorp advised visitors the the cafe is limited to pre packed sandwiches and cakes.
Date of experience: August 2023
Written 20 August 2023
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Alan
England, UK80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
A much better experience than I was expecting. The house gives the impression that it is still very much a home that is lived in. There is a large collection of paintings with some more modern thought provoking pieces and the staff within the home are knowledgeable and friendly.
The gardens are large and relaxing to walk around but not overly fancy. The lake with the island where Diana is buried is a very peaceful place to stop for a while with numerous benches to sit and contemplate.
Compared to the standard National Trust property I prefer Althorp House as it does feel like a home rather than the very staged approach of N.T. properties. Parking is free, the gift shop whilst small does have a wide selection of gifts to purchase at surprisingly reasonable prices and the cafe which has a selection of sandwiches and cakes is far better value than the daylight robbery that National Trust cafes charge.
Written 20 August 2023
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Concs
Northamptonshire, UK42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
After reading very mixed reviews we were concerned, however I’m now not sure where negative reviewers visited!
Brilliant day, free parking and a lovely walk down the drive watching the deer. Stable Cafe has basic snacks, cakes and drinks but all good and staff helpful if you can’t find what you want, I.e. wholemeal bread sandwich.
House has a really homely feel, is obviously loved and used by the family. The house has numerous art works, two in particular thought provoking but shows an excellent mix of new and old, this home moves with the times. Bedrooms made up for visitors, nice to think of them being used, good written descriptions with historical facts all around.
Gardens well kept, loved the newly developed walled garden and throughout all staff friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.
Thank you for allowing us to share this gem in our county. And the sun shone!
Written 18 August 2023
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Maggie P
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Fantastic day out - loved seeing all the paintings and gardens - big Diana fan so very moved by the lake
Written 18 August 2023
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