Address: Althorp House, Rugby Rd, Northampton, NN7 4HQ.
Tel: 01604 770107

The House is a mere 10-minute drive from the M1, under an hour from major cities such as Birmingham, Coventry, Nottingham and Leicester, and less than an hour-and-a-half from London.


Royal Heritage

Charles Edward Maurice Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer, is a British nobleman, peer, author, print journalist, and broadcaster, and younger brother of Diana, Princess of Wales. Through his sister, Spencer is the maternal uncle of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry.


The Althorp House

Althorp House was built in 1508, by the Spencers, for the Spencers, and that is how it has remained for over 500 years. It is set in a tranquil walled, 550-acre parkland – which is part of the wider 13,000-acre estate – in the heart of beautiful, unspoilt Northamptonshire countryside. Althorp is the essence of Englishness – understated yet impressive, a historic house but also a warm and much-loved family home.


The ancestral seat to 19 generations of the Spencer family, Althorp showcases the various interests and passions of those who have been lucky enough to call it “home”. Its contents have been assembled with flair and discernment, over five centuries.

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.

The Spencer family line has included a host of fascinating characters – politicians, courtiers, admirals, society beauties and pioneers in charity work – each one leaving their mark, and their legacy, on this magnificent House and Estate. Charles, Ninth Earl Spencer, has been in charge for just 26 of the House’s 500-year history but he has striven in that time to ensure that Althorp is left in the best possible condition for future generations to enjoy, taking an uncompromising approach to ensuring the continued upkeep of the House and preservation of the Spencer family heritage, while adding to its collections.


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