Visiting Althorp

Visit Althorp and discover nineteen rooms in the house, in the company of one of Althorp's expert guides, and learn the fascinating history of the Spencer family - whose historic home Althorp has been, since 1508.

Explore magnificent interiors and one of Europe's finest private collections of paintings, furniture and china.

Visitors are invited to wander round the Gardens, the Arboretum, the new Spencer Exhibition and the Stables, at their leisure, and to enjoy refreshments in the Stables Café.

Opening Dates and Times for 2014

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, on the following dates in 2014:


Sunday 4th; Monday 5th; Sunday 11th; Sunday 18th; Sunday 25th; Monday 26th.


Sunday 1st; Sunday 8th; Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th for the Althorp Literary Festival;  Sunday 15th; Sunday 22nd; Sunday 29th.


Sunday 13th; Saturday 19th to Thursday 31st.


Friday 1st to Sunday 31st.


Sunday 7th; Sunday 14th; Sunday 21st; Sunday 28th.


Wednesday 10th; Thursday 11th; Friday 12th for the Althorp Christmas Opening.

Click here for details on how to get to Althorp.

Tickets and Prices

Tickets for all days, other than the Christmas Opening (10-12 December), include free parking, a guided tour of the House (with tour guides), as well as access to the Gardens, Arboretum, the Stables, and the new Spencer Exhibition.

Tickets are available for purchase online in advance and at the West Gate (main visitor entrance) Ticket Office from 1pm on the day of your visit.

Adult ticket - £18.50;
Concessions - £16;
5 -16 years old: £11;
0 - 4 years old: free;
Family (2 adults and 2 x 5-16 year olds) - £45.

Click here to purchase tickets online.

Please note that a handling fee of £1.25 will be applied to each pre-booked ticket (except those of coach parties).

For prices for entry to the December Christmas Opening, please click here.

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Groups and Coaches

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

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 2014 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.

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

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


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