Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Northamptonshire  /  Northampton  /  Historic Sites  /  Althorp House

Althorp House, Northampton

(340+ reviews on the web)
Historic Site
Althorp has been home to the Spencer family for nearly 500 years, and contains a fascinating variety of pictures, furniture and ceramics, as well as boasting some fine interiors. Like many great country houses, it has benefited from the discriminating and varied collecting of generations of occupants, their marriages and chance provisions.

But the Spencers have also had the knack of going to the right people; its collection of portraits is particularly fine, and justly famous. As a record of a family, and as a record of English portraiture, it is outstanding. The roll-call of names - Rubens, Van Dyck, Reynolds, Gains-borough - will be familiar to everyone. But there are numerous rare and beautiful paintings by lesser-known artists which will appeal to casual visitors and connoisseurs alike.

In the decorative arts, from carpets to candelabra, there is much which is distinguished. Here are reflected not just the enthusiasms and idiosyncrasies of their collectors, but invariably the course of the arts and the epochs in which these pieces are found.

Likewise, the house itself is not the product of any one period, but has changed over the years. Its re-modellings naturally show the prevailing taste of the time, woven into a broader synthesis. The true medium for harmony, however, has been the house's continual ownership and occupation by the same family.
Althorp House is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Northampton Edition.
Source
Create a full Northampton itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Northampton

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Northampton by other users

3 days in Northampton & Stowe BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Northampton BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND July, culture, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Northampton BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in England BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND March, culture, relaxing, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Northamptonshire BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Northamptonshire BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Northampton BY A USER FROM CANADA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Northampton BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Northamptonshire BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Northampton BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: May, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Northampton BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM EGYPT June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Love this area and it's history , beautiful house and villages near by . Visited as part of the food festival here well worth a visit not over crowded like other foodie events and great to visit house...  more »
  • House and gardens maintained to the highest standard. Our visit was enhanced by the house and gardens being opened on Princess Dianna anniversary. Very moving experience. Beautiful lake. Guides are ve...  more »
  • A great place to go if you want a bit of culture. Not usually open but when we went it was a lovely place.  more »