Delapre Abbey opens its doors to the public
Delapré Abbey is now open to the public, after an extensive three-year renovation project. Visitors can explore 900 years of history inside the abbey, through five interactive storytelling zones, which reveal the fascinating history of the building from its life as a nunnery, witnessing the events of the battle of Northampton unfold, through to its heyday as a scandal-ridden Victorian country home.
The abbey will also be running a changing annual programme of events, workshops and activities, including regular weekend craft and food and drink markets which celebrate the best of what Northamptonshire has to offer.
The abbey’s restoration has been delivered thanks to a National Lottery grant of £3.65 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and a similar sum from Northampton Borough Council. With the remainder from a range of other charitable trusts and foundations, as well as the incredible generosity of private individuals and donors.
Over 100 volunteers and supporters have worked alongside staff, conservators and craftspeople over the last three years to bring the abbey back to life and ensure that it continues to be a vibrant community hub, offering learning facilities and a sustainable wedding and functions venue – all set within beautiful gardens and public parkland.
Delapré Abbey is located in 600 acres of parkland in the centre of Northampton with easy access for visitors travelling by road or train. A visit will cost £7 adults, but children up to and including the age of 18 are entitled to free entry making it a great value day out for all.
For more information about Delapré Abbey, visit www.delapreabbey.org you can also follow them on Twitter @DelapreAbbey.