A Family Home for More Than 500 Years:
The family opened the house, surrounded by a 550-acre walled park and including a lake and an island,more than 50 years ago. Long before Diana became the Princess of Wales, visitors could enjoy the fine furnishings and artwork collected by twenty generations of Spencers.
But, today, most visitors to Althorp (pronounced Althrup) come to see Diana's childhood home, to see the award winning exhibition Diana:A Celebration - scheduled to close on August 30, 2013, and to pay their respects at Diana's memorial.
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Althorp has a very limited season. The house is open from July to the end of August, with specific dates announced on the Althorp website every year. At one time Althrop was opened to a limited number of ticketed visitors on the anniversary of Diana's death, August 31. That is no longer the case and the generally closes for the year the day before the anniversary or earlier.
The grounds are open from noon to 5pm and the house from 1 to 5pm. Last entry is 4pm. During its opening season, Althorp is open every day.
Tickets for Althorp:
Tickets for Althorp have to be booked in advance. They can be booked online, by phoning +44 (0)1604 770107, by email, or by writing to Ticket Sales, The Stables, Althorp, Northampton, NN7 4HQ. A variety of ticket prices and conditions are available and, as these tend to change annually,it's best to check the official website.
How to Get to Althorp:
By car: Althorp is 7 miles west of Northampton off the A428. Directions are signposted from the M1 motorway (Exit 16 Northbound or Exit 18 Southbound). Travel time is approximately 1.5 hours from London, 2.5 hours from York, and 1 hours from Stratford-Upon-Avon, Cambridge, or Oxford.
By train: Althorp, Princess Diana's burial site, is seven miles from Northampton station which has regular train service from London Euston. Bus and taxi services are available from Northampton station.
See Travelling to Althorp for more details.
Diana: A Celebration includes a wide range of personal items and photographs illustrating Diana's life and work. Clothing in the exhibition ranges from poignant childhood items like Diana's early school uniform, to her wedding dress. Work clothes in the exhibit include the protective, clothing Princess Diana wore when visiting land mine sites. Hundreds of books of condolence, signed by people from all over the world, are also in the exhibition.