History & heritage

History all around!

History all around!

Northamptonshire has been at the centre of key moments in English history.

78 Derngate

78 Derngate

78 Derngate is the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It’s now a multi award-winning visitor attraction offering a boutique restaurant, light-filled art galleries and a stylish design shop.

Althorp Estate

Althorp Estate

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.

Boughton House

Boughton House

Discover one of Britain’s grandest and best-preserved stately homes. As well as the splendours of the house, you can also enjoy the 18th-century landscaped gardens, woodlands and a grand country park.

Canons Ashby

Canons Ashby

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

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.

Cottesbrooke Hall & Gardens

Cottesbrooke Hall & Gardens

Cottesbrooke is a wonderful Queen Anne house dating from 1702 and set in award-winning gardens in rural Northamptonshire. The hall is home to the Woolavington collection of sporting art, which is the finest of its type in Europe.

Deene Park

Deene Park

Built over six centuries, growing into a substantial Tudor and Georgian mansion, Deene Park has been owned by the Brudenell family for 500 years and is the home of 7th Earl of Cardigan, who led the charge of the Light Brigade in 1854.

Delapré Abbey

Delapre Abbey

Delve into stories of yesteryear, create fresh family memories and learn the secrets ingrained into the fabric of Delapré Abbey. From the unique abbey itself to the wider parkland, the opportunities for exploration are endless.

Holy Sepulchre Church

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.

Ironstone Railway Trust

Ironstone Railway Trust

The Ironstone Heritage Centre is the home of the Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust. Based within the grounds of Hunsbury Hill Country Park, it has a museum, cafe, workshop and of course its award-winning gardens.

Jeyes of Earls Barton

Jeyes of Earls Barton

Since opening in 1981, Jeyes of Earls Barton have expanded and developed their once traditional chemist shop into an Aladdin’s cave full of gifts, an award-winning coffee shop and various fascinating exhibitions.

Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens

Kelmarsh Hall & Garden

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’.

Lamport Hall & Gardens

Lamport Hall & Gardens

Following a period of neglect and misfortune in the 20th century an impressive restoration project was undertaken. Lamport Hall & Gardens is now back to the former glory it deserves and is just waiting to be explored.

Northampton Castle

Northampton Castle

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.

Rockingham Castle

Rockingham Castle

There are many things to see and do at Rockingham Castle today, come and explore the dynamic history the castle has to offer. Visitors tour the castle in their own time on a “freeflow” basis and guides are located throughout.

Rushton Triangular Lodge

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.

The Canal Museum

The Canal Museum

In the heart of the beautiful village of Stoke Bruerne on the Grand Union Canal you can find The Canal Museum where a free audio guide will take you on a journey through the stories and traditions of Britain’s historic canals.

Wellingborough Museum

Wellingborough Museum

The Wellingborough Museum is housed in Dulley’s Baths, the building is the home of the collection of artefacts owned by the Winifred Wharton Trust. It has a market town collection of social items relating to the area.