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Houghton House, Ampthill

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Houghton House is a ruined mansion house in the parish of Houghton Conquest, Bedfordshire. It is a Grade I listed building, positioned above the surrounding countryside, and commands excellent views. It is said that the house was the model for House Beautiful in John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress (1678). It is today the property of English Heritage, and is open to free public access during daylight hours.
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  • Lovely site to visit. My daughter (9) found the information boards interesting. Parking can be problematic on days when the weather is nice.  more »
  • A great place to walk to from Ampthill Park or you can actually drive to near the house and park. The ruins are on the greensand ridge walk and easily accessible and still give a great impression of....  more »
  • We love following random brown signs and this one lead us to these really interesting ruins. Free to roam around with great interpretive information boards and views to match. Great for a short...  more »
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  • We love Houghton house, the views from the back of the ruins are absoluty beautiful. The grounds are always clean and tidy. We enjoyed an anniversary picnic and it has become one of our favourite places to visit. Best of all, its FREE! 10/10.
  • Came across this with my partner. And Wow what an amazing find.. Absolutely stunning. Not to far from carpark. Such a gem of a find. Steeped in history. Fantastic views. Back in the day this would have been such a fantastic house. We loved it here and with plenty of imagination would love to have lived here. Unspoilt.
  • Lovely visit with my daughter and dog. We followed a circular walk from Houghton Conquest via Kings wood, through fields and a visit to Houghton House ruins and back. Very pleasant walk with short hilly parts and beautiful scenery
  • Great free place to visit. Great ruins for playing hide and seek in. Good location with good views
  • The ruins were amazing. Kids climbed over stuff, played his and seek, even my 2yr old was entranced. I loved it

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