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Title Delapre Abbey
Description Delapré Abbey began as an 11th Century Cluniac nunnery, then became a country home of both the Tate and the Bouverie families. It also played a part in the Wars of the Roses, as the the 1460 Battle of Northampton was fought on its surrounding parkland.

Following an extensive restoration programme, this urban country house and park is one of Northamptonshire’s most exciting tourist attractions,
Its 900-year history is told in five different display zones and ‘The Nine Rooms’ in the main house.

The start of the historic journey begins in the 18th century stable block, where visitors can purchase tickets, browse the gift shop and pick up a visitor guide.

The Stable Rooms give an introduction to Delapré Abbey’s history of survival and revival, then lead into the Battlefield Rooms. Here visitors can experience the downfall of the King during the pivotal moment in the Wars of the Roses.

Visitors then enter the main house to discover three more interactive storytelling zones, from the quieter Medieval Rooms, where you can contemplate the largely forgotten lives of the women who lived in the Abbey for nearly 400 years, through to the Bouverie Rooms, where you can take part in the gossip and drama of the family saga.

Delicious food and drink is on offer daily from the Orangery, which overlooks the south lawn with views across the parkland. Visitors can also indulge in fine dining and afternoon tea in the restored Victorian Billiard Room.

The Abbey is set within what remains of the formal and semi-formal gardens which were once the pride and joy of the Tate and Bouverie families.

There’s a large walled garden, superb specimen trees in the understated arboretum, the hidden remains of a splendid water garden and the south lawn stretching out to the ha-ha which separates the lawn from the 500 acres of the wider parkland and woodland.

Delapré Abbey is open to visitors on specific days of the week dependent on the season. The Park is open daily to the public with free access for everyone to enjoy.