Historic house and gardens

From grand historic houses through to smaller significant dwellings there is a lot to explore in the Nene Valley.

Picture of Kirby Hall

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

0870 3331181
Kirby Hall

Picture of Chichele College

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.

College Street, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, NN10 8DZ

01933 655401
Chichele College

Picture of Lyveden - a large abbey


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.

Near Oundle, PE8 5AT

01832 205158 

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Picture of Boughton House

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.

Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 1BJ

01536 515731 
Boughton House

Picture of Deene Park

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

01780 450278
Deene Park

Picture of Southwick Hall

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.

Picture of 78 Derngate (inside)

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.

82 Derngate, Northampton, NN1 1UH 

01604 603407 
78 Derngate

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Picture of Elton Hall and 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.

Picture of Rockingham Castle

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.

Picture of Delapré Abbey

Delapré Abbey

Northampton’s hidden treasure located just a mile or so from the town centre is alive with the possibilities of the present and surrounded by the echoes of the past. There’s something for everyone in and around this fascinating building from guided tours, education visits, events, theatre productions, exhibitions and special displays.

Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust,
Abbey Cottage, London Road, Northampton, NN4 8AW

Delapré Abbey   The Orangery Restaurant Hibiscus

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