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Althorp House

One of England's premier historic houses

The Spencer family and Althorp are synonymous. John Spencer, whose fortune came from sheep farming on a prodigious scale, built the house in 1508. In that century, the ancestors of George Washington were the nannies to the Spencer family and at the beginning of the next James I’s wife Queen Anne of Denmark was entertained to a masque by a Ben Jonson masque here. 

The house was remodelled by Robert Spencer, Earl of Sunderland, in the 1670s, leaving it, in Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough’s view, the finest home in England. Robert Sunderland collected the alluring court beauties, painted by Sir Peter Lely, which can still be enjoyed in the 120-foot Long Gallery. 

The building was smartly reconfigured by the architect Henry Holland in the 1780s. ...

The adjacent stable block, designed by Roger Morris, is one of the finest Palladian buildings in the country. Beyond lies the walled deer park and the lake which is the Earl's sister Diana, Princess of Wales, resting place.

Contact & Opening Times


Althorp House & Park will be open to the public from 1 July – 1 September 2020

The Estate and Grounds are open from 12 noon to 5pm,
with last entry into the House by 3pm for closure by 4pm.

Note that The House and Park will not be open 17th, 18th and 19th July.

  • Baby changing
  • Child friendly
  • Coach parking
  • Free parking
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Group tours
  • Meeting / conference space
  • Restaurant
  • Tea & cake
  • Tea & coffee
  • Wheelchair access
  • Wifi

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