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Superb Jacobean Palace - but you can’t take photos

Bookable as a timed tour in July and August only through English Heritage. The palace has been... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2018
Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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Very interesting

We visited a couple of weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Make sure you arrive on time... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2018
Northampton, United Kingdom
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Among England's greatest country houses, Apethorpe Palace holds a particularly important place in English history because of its ownership by, and role in, entertaining Tudor and Stuart monarchs. Elizabeth I once owned the building, which she had...more
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Apethorpe Palace Hunting Way, Apethorpe PE8 5DJ, England
+44 370 333 1183
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Reviewed 24 August 2018

Louisa, our guide, gave us a superb tour of this Elizabethan palace. She was extremely knowledgeable and obviously loved the place and her job. We wondered if a one and a half hour tour of an essentially unfurnished historical house with no facilities and very...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank hilaryandray
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

Bookable as a timed tour in July and August only through English Heritage. The palace has been restored and is wonderfully unspoiled. Probably one of the best Jacobean houses in the country. The tour lasted almost two hours and covered the main house and gardens....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 17 August 2018

We visited a couple of weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Make sure you arrive on time, otherwise you may get locked out!!! Fortunately we followed the instructions from EH and joined a group of about 25 others to have a guided tour. Apparently...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Loveajolly
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

I booked in 20 adults for a guided tour of the palace. The guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable but we got the impression that she was on a tight schedule and had to start and finish on the dot.!!. Since the Palace is now privately...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank jeanann1485
Reviewed 31 July 2018

The office at Apethorpe sent clear instructions of the meeting place and time, as we had to pre-book for the guided tour of the house and gardens. All went smoothly, and the first site of the house was stunning. The two guides were very friendly...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Sylvia W
Reviewed 28 July 2018

To walk around a magnificent property once owned by Tudor and Stuart monarchs and nobility is always a pleasure but Apethorpe Palace is a truly unspoilt gem, uncluttered with trappings and furniture "brought in" to set the mood. The excellent English Heritage guides gave us...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank wenjaye
Reviewed 25 July 2018

We enjoyed our visit and seeing the different styles of architecture. There is not much to see inside, so if you are hoping for family portraits or centuries’ old furniture, you will be disappointed.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

This hidden gem is only open in July and August so getting to see it was a great treat. We went as part of a group and waited at the padlocked gate to be let in as this is now owned privately in association with...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Malcolm G
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

This is only open at limited time and it is necessary to pre book. Once you book, you get an email with details of what you must do and not do, it wasn't the most welcoming. The palace is tucked away and it could be...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank pad4535
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Apethorpe Palace has a wonderful history, going from hosting both Elizabeth I and James I to being used as a Borstal. It was following the re-location of the prison that the palace began its restoration, that continues to this day, and will be magnificent once...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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14 August 2016|
Response from Le_Dap | Reviewed this property |
Our tour started at 13.00 and lasted for 1.5 hours. They are very strict about not letting cars in more than 15 minutes before the tour starts and you must book in advance through English Heritage.