History all around!
Northamptonshire has been at the centre of key moments in English history.
Althorp was built in 1508, by the Spencers. Visitors are invited to explore this wonderful house, discovering beautiful interiors and one of Europe’s finest private collections of furniture, pictures and ceramics.
Canons Ashby was built by the Drydens using the remains of a medieval priory. The house and gardens have survived largely unaltered since 1710 and are presented as they were during the time of Sir Henry Dryden.
Castle Ashby Gardens
Castle Ashby Gardens is set in the heart of a 10,000-acre estate, the 35 acres of extensive gardens are a combination of several styles including romantic Italian gardens, the unique orangery and impressive arboretum.
Holy Sepulchre Church
This is one of the many Anglican parish churches throughout England which make up the national Church of England. Locally, this ancient church is known as Holy Sepulchre or St Sepulchre’s, but is more fondly known as St Sep’s.
Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens
Kelmarsh Hall is an elegant Palladian house built in 1732 to a James Gibbs design. The hall is surrounded by its working estate, parklands and gardens, which have become known for their relaxed charm and ‘haphazard luxuriance’.
At Northampton there was once a massive and important castle, with substantial defences and so important that parliament was held there during the mediaeval period. It was the first major Norman castle a day’s ride from London.
Rushton Triangular Lodge
Rushton Triangular Lodge is a triangular building designed by Sir Thomas Tresham. It is a testament to Tresham’s Roman Catholicism: the number three, symbolising the Holy Trinity, is apparent everywhere.