Althorp House in Northamptonshire, is the family home of the Spencer family for more than 500 years, and was the childhood home of Princess Diana. This tour gives you the chance to see inside this beautiful home, which carries the history of all who have lived there, including Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire (played by Keira Knightley in The Duchess).
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
After a morning departure from your local pick-up point, you’ll head to Matlock. This former spa town is on the edge of the Peak District, along the River Derwent. Its mentioned in Pride and Prejudice, when Lizzy goes off to tour the Peak District. You’ll have the afternoon to explore this charming town, before re-joining the coach and continuing on to your hotel.
After breakfast, you’ll head to Althorp. Founded by Sir John Spencer, he first used the area to graze sheep, but in 1508 he bought the land and began to build Althorp House (his home in Warwickshire having been mostly destroyed in the Civil War. It was to become home to the Spencer family for the next 19 generations. Many members of the family have been quite famous historical figures; Sir Robert Spencer (1570-1627) was thought to be the richest man in England, Sarah Marlborough, who was Queen Anne’s closest friend and wife of the Duke of Marlborough, who was an ancestor of Winston Churchill, and a celebrated military tactician. Georgiana Devonshire, the wife of the Duke of Devonshire, and the most celebrated socialite of her time was also born in Althorp, and grew up there until she married at 17 – many people consider her and Princess Diana to have been exceedingly similar, right down to their marriages. Frederick Spencer, the 4th Earl Spencer, was an admiral and MP, who Queen Victoria once said had the finest legs in England! And of course, Diana, who would marry Prince Charles and become Princess of Wales.
The House and grounds are utterly stunning, with many fine collections of art, porcelain and furniture across 90 rooms and 550 acres. The grounds also hold the final resting place of Princess Diana and a memorial in her honour.
After checking out of the hotel, you’ll have time to explore Northampton before heading home. The city was actually destroyed by fire in 1675, and was subsequently rebuilt, with Daniel Defoe describing it as the ‘handsomest and best built town in all this part of England’. It’s certainly a beautiful place, with gorgeous architecture and a long industrial heritage. There’s quite a lot to do, from parks and gardens, to museums and shopping.
You’ll re-join the coach in the early afternoon to head home.
A modern hotel within easy reach of the town centre, the Holiday Inn Northampton prides itself on its friendly staff and comfortable guest rooms with Wi-Fi access, complimentary robe and slippers, tea/coffee facilities and pillow menu. The hotel restaurant serves delicious international cuisine and there is also a cocktail lounge, as well as a small gym.
- Return coach travel
- 2 nights at Holiday Inn – half-board
- Admission to Althorp House
- Leisure time in Matlock and Northampton
The price shown is per person based on two adults sharing a twin/double room.
Child (12 years and under) prices are based on sharing with two full fare paying passengers. Therefore, if one adult and one child share a room the child will pay the adult price.
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