Visiting Althorp

Visiting Althorp in 2015

Built in 1508 and set within 550 acres of walled parkland, Althorp has been the home of the Spencer family for 500 years.

Today, Althorp contains one of the finest private collections of art, furniture and ceramics in the world, including numerous paintings by Rubens, Reynolds, Stubbs, Gainsborough and Van Dyck. Visitors are invited to explore the wonderful house, by guided tour, discovering beautiful interiors and one of Europe's finest private collections of furniture, pictures and ceramics.

Explore the magnificent park, take a stroll through the remodelled gardens and perhaps take the opportunity to reflect by the peaceful Round Oval lake. In the Stables Block, built by Roger Morris in 1732 in the Anglo-Palladian style, refreshments are available in the Stables Café, as well as the new Spencer Exhibition, which explores how the Spencer family has shaped Althorp and its treasures.

For details of upcoming events at Althorp throughout 2014 and 2015, please see our Events page.

Opening Dates and Times for 2015

For the 2015 opening season, Althorp will be open to the public from 1pm to 5pm, with last admission to the House at 3.45pm, and to the Stables and Grounds at 4pm. In August only, Althorp will open from 12pm to 5pm.

Sunday 3rd; Monday 4th; Sunday 10th; Sunday 17th; Sunday 24th; Monday 25th; Sunday 31st.

Sunday 7th; Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th for The Althorp Literary Festival; Sunday 14th; Sunday 21st; Sunday 28th.

Sunday 12th; Sunday 19th; Friday 24th to Friday 31st.

Saturday 1st to Monday 31st.

Sunday 6th; Sunday 13th; Sunday 20th; Sunday 27th.

Tickets and Prices

At present, it is not possible to purchase tickets for the 2015 opening dates. Please sign up to Althorp’s mailing list, to be updated when tickets are available to purchase online. 

All tickets to Althorp include entry to the grounds, the current Spencer exhibition in the Stables and a guided tour of the nineteen State Rooms of the House.

Adult ticket - £18.50;
Concession ticket (OAP or Students) - £16;
5-16 year olds: £11;
0-4 year olds: free;
Family ticket (2 Adults and 2 x 5-16 year olds): £45.

Althorp is proud to be part of the Historic Houses Association. All HHA Members and Friends will receive free entry with a valid membership card on any of Althorp¹s public opening dates during normal opening hours.

For tickets to the Althorp Christmas Opening in December, please click here

All exhibitions and displays are subject to change. Please note that the Diana: A Celebration exhibition closed at Althorp in August 2013. For any further information, please telephone the House Opening team on 01604 770107. For all email enquiries please contact:

Groups and Special Visits

Groups and coach parties are welcome to pre-book for their visit, at no additional charge. Please call a member of the House Opening team for more information on 01604 770 107 or contact

Download the group booking form.

Additional Information

Click here for details on how to get to Althorp.

The House will be available to visit by guided tour, departing frequently throughout the afternoon from the Wootton Hall, at the front of the House.

The award winning Diana: A Celebration exhibition closed in August 2013 at Althorp. Tickets for 2015 do not include entry to this exhibition and no claims can be made by visitors based on losses due to the exhibition not being included in their visit.

Free car parking is available to all visitors, please note that there is a 5 to 10 minute walk from the car park through the grounds to the House. Disabled parking is available on request.

The Estate and Stables, and ground floor of the House, are fully accessible to wheelchair users.  However there is no assisted access available to the upstairs rooms in the House.

Visitors with accessibility concerns, and queries about the disabled parking, are asked to contact the House Opening team directly regarding their visit on 01604 770 107 or email

Althorp is proud to be part of the Historic Houses Association. All HHA Members and Friends will receive free entry with a valid membership card on any of Althorp¹s public opening dates, between May and September 2015. 

Dogs are not permitted on the Estate, excluding guide and assistance dogs.

As Althorp is primarily a private family home, the House may be closed at short notice to the public on rare instances during the opening season.

Photography of the exterior of Althorp House and grounds can be taken for personal use only. Internal photography of Althorp is not permitted. Photography taken for any commercial use must have prior written consent from the Althorp Estate. For all filming enquiries, please email

For any further information, please telephone the House Opening team on 01604 770 107. For all email enquiries please contact:


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