Museums and historic houses

Bursting with heritage attractions, the Nene Valley is the perfect place to expand your mind and delve into the past.

Abington Park Museum

Learn about the history of the Northamptonshire Regiment & Yeomanry and about how we used to live. Discover more about historic and contemporary leather design.

Rushden Transport Museum

Rushden Transport Museum is situated in the old Midland Railway Station of 1894 which once formed part of the Wellingborough to Higham Ferrers branch line. Taken over by the Rushden Historical Transport Society in 1984 the station also provides the society with a social club.

Oundle Museum

Oundle Museum is an award-winning accredited museum with displays about our history from prehistoric to modern times including many exhibits from Roman, Saxon and Medieval periods. Next to the permanent display gallery there is an exhibition room which changes each year.

Boughton House

Northamptonshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry, Boughton began as a Tudor building and was transformed into the "English Versailles". The outstanding collection of fine arts within the house is complemented by the Grade One listed historic landscape.

Deene Park

Surrounded by park and beautiful gardens with long borders, roses and specimen trees, this Tudor and Georgian mansion has been the home of the Brudenell family since 1514, including the 7th Earl of Cardigan who led the Charge of the Light Brigade.

Deene, near Corby, NN17 3EW
T: 01780 450278 W: Deene Park

Rushden Museum

Situated in the grounds of the beautiful Hall Park the museum houses the ‘Hearts and Soles’ – the I.T. kiosk where the archived history of the town can be seen at the touch of a button.

Southwick Hall

Built by Sir John Knyvett, Lord Chancellor to Edward III, Southwick Hall dates from the 14th century. As a family manor house with Tudor rebuilding and Georgian and Victorian additions, there are exhibitions on Victorian and Edwardian life, with collections of agricultural and carpentry tools and local archaeological finds.

78 Derngate

The house was remodelled by the world-famous designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh in his iconic Modernist style. The gallery upstairs is free to enter and has a series of exhibitions throughout the year. The dining room and the in-house boutique restaurant offers a full range of delicious contemporary cuisine.

Phipps' Albion Brewery

The 1884 Albion Brewery was restored in 2014 and now produces a wide range of heritage ales and stout as well as distilling artisan gins. The working brewery can be viewed from the bar from Tuesday to Sunday with longer brewery tours available at set times.

Earls Barton Museum

Take a stroll through Jeyes Jetty and up the stairs where you will find our collection of quaint and quirky exhibitions.

Wellingborough Museum

The Wellingborough Museum is housed within the historic Dulley's Baths building built by David Dulley in 1892. George Cox, who had worked for the brewery, bought the building and converted it into a shoe factory in 1919. It remained a shoe factory until 1994, when Cox's moved to larger premises.

Peterborough Museum

Located in one of the city’s most historic buildings, Peterborough Museum has a wealth of stories to fascinate and enthrall the whole family.With amazing objects and interactive displays for all ages, the collections comprise over 200,000 items of great national and international importance.

Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF
T: 01733 864 663 W: Peterborough Museum

Rockingham Castle

A royal castle for 450 years and a family home for all that time. The pre-dominantly Tudor building, within Norman walls, has architecture, furniture and works of art from every century. Explore 18 acres of stunning formal and wild gardens.

Elton Hall and Gardens

Elton Hall is a fascinating mixture of styles and every room contains treasures - magnificent furniture and fine paintings from different eras, wonderful porcelain and books, including Henry VIII's prayer book. Magnificently restored formal gardens include mature topiary, a Gothic Orangery, a flower garden with large herbaceous borders, a shrub garden and box walk.

Kirby Hall

One of England's greatest Elizabethan houses, built in the hope of receiving Queen Elizabeth 1 on one of her annual 'progresses' around the country. Explore the Great Garden, laid out in elaborate and intricate 'cuwork' parterres.

Deene, near Corby, NN17 3EN
T: 0870 3331181 W: Kirby Hall

Wollaston Museum

Wollaston Museum is tucked away but well worth exploring! We have the local history museum itself, Curiosity Cottage which is set up as it would have been in the early 20th century and "a little gem", plus Beacon Hill, an English Heritage motte and bailey castle mound.  

Chichele College

The gatehouse, chapel and other remains of a communal residence for priests serving the parish church, founded by locally-born Archbishop Chichele before 1425. Regularly used to display works of art.

The Prebendal Manor and Tithe Barn Museum

The Grade I listed Prebendal Manor House is the earliest surviving dwelling in Northamptonshire. A visit to this award winning manor includes the Tithe Barn museum, a dovecote exhibition, and the largest re-created medieval gardens in Europe.


Set in the heart of rural Northamptonshire, Lyveden is a remarkable survivor of the Elizabethan age. Created by Thomas Tresham, Lyveden is one of England's oldest surviving garden landscapes.