Delapre Abbey

Delapre Abbey, Northampton: Hours, Address, Delapre Abbey Reviews: 4/5

Delapre Abbey
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The beautiful Grade II* listed Delapré Abbey is just one mile from Northampton town centre. We’ve safely reopened our doors. Tickets are available for you to experience 900 years of exciting and turbulent history in the heart of Northamptonshire. The site of the Wars of the Roses Battle of Northampton has an intriguing past for you to discover – from its origins as a Cluniac nunnery, heyday as a country house, and its time as the Record Office before the recent restoration. Follow the footsteps of nuns through atmospheric corridors, witness Victorian scandal unfold in the beautifully restored Bouverie rooms, and experience the heat of battle and the downfall of a king in the Battlefield rooms. From the unique Abbey itself to award-winning fine dining restaurant Hibiscus, our popular café the Orangery, and the tranquil Walled Garden and 500 acres of parkland, the opportunities to explore, relax, and unwind are endless.
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Carole
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Family
Visited the dinasoar park here today with my daughter and four grandchildren. The dinasoar park was good, they enjoyed it but the facilities were not good. The area for having a picnic didnt have any tables, just dusty and exposed with two very smelly porta cabin toilets, with no toilet paper. The activities area was poor, a bouncy castle which they could go on for 10 minutes and several fair ground rides mostly charging £5 per child per activity. Making it a very expensive day out on top of the ticket prices. They also charged for parking the car and then shut carpark gates early making it very difficult to get the car out through a small hole in the fence. They should also have facilities in the activities area to refill children's water bottles . Definitely felt this was a money making exercise, visitor should be aware the ticket price is only the start of the days expenditure.
Written August 2, 2022
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Wendy
Cosgrove, UK3 contributions
Friends
We had a really lovely morning at Delapre - especially if you are interested in history. The exhibits are touchable and the text explanations are endearingly written by volunteers and research workers who tell how they found things out.
The guided tours are well worth going on, giving a sense of being shown things the ordinary visitors would miss.
The restaurant gets very crowded - eat early!
Written May 5, 2022
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Ben White
Northampton, UK1,569 contributions
Couples
This place is one of those places where you could spend hours here exploring and lapping up its beauty.
It’s perfect for dog walkers as there’s open fields to play with other dogs or to throw a ball but also a good place to come with young family, as there’s a fairly large woodland area. There’s a beautiful Manor House- which is perfect if you enjoy history and museums. They also have a cafe, toilets and a high end restaurant inside (Hibiscus). There’s outside seating at the cafe when Mother Nature is on your side.
There’s a walled garden, to admire the beauty of all the plants and flowers but dogs must be kept on the lead.
They also have a massive lake also known as the ‘Gravel Pits’ which is a beautiful walk. With picturesque views and places to stop for a picnic or a pit stop.
Overall, this is a stunning place to come especially when the weather is nice with some many areas to explore.
Written May 7, 2022
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Felicity A
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Family
Santas Grotto was fantastic. We didn't know what to expect and we were.pleasantly surprised. Santa read a poem to the children, spoke to them all as they sat together, got a gift and decorated christmas baubles. Definitely will come again. Grey value for money too!
Written December 21, 2021
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Helen G
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Solo
Lovely site and grounds with oodles of history both of local and national importance. No tour guides when I visited. The historical actors in the kitchen were extremely knowledgeable about all eras of the house not just the 14th century nuns and I enjoyed their grub and posset! Nice to be able to handle the sort of things that were used then too. Lovely detail in the kitchen with fresh herbs and a cat curled up by the fire! Several children stroked it to see if it was real! Learnt lots in a fun way. Shame other rooms in the house were not so interactive or well laid out.
Written August 12, 2022
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Anthony L
Milton Keynes, UK1 contribution
Car park overflow was in grass area so has turned to mud also a large ramp which scraped our car underside. Our car got stuck parking but luckily people around to help free us. I saw car park attendants freeing a few others.
A few of the displays did not work and lots of mud on the path, only heard one music installation.
Booked a cabin for food/drinks but when we asked about our cabin got told to find an empty one - it appears that you don't need to book and pay the extra fee.
After food, went to leave and found no attendants in car park - luckily a few people helped as we got stuck in the mud again.

Car park should be fully using parking grids and paths should be mulched/changed to highly drained paths.
Written December 5, 2021
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Dan9899505
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Family
Appalling attitude of staff at the cafe. Lovely place to visit and with free car parking we thought it was great. However went to buy an ice cream. Didn’t really mind paying the massively overinflated prices of £6 for 3 scoops of ice cream when not paying to get in and parking. However I asked for a spare card tub as my son had his scoop in an ice cream cone and being 3 often drops the ice cream and we have tears etc. I explained this to the lady and she was really rude telling me I would have to buy another ice cream to get another bowl. I asked her why and she said they were expensive to buy! I told her they were charging £6 for 3 scoops. I was then ganged up on by several staff at once stating the same thing. Took my ice cream and left! Very much a shame for such a lovely place to have staff with bad attitudes. Whatever happened to helping out others.
Written July 23, 2021
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Roej88
Northamptonshire, UK88 contributions
Family
Extremely poor value for money light trail experience.
Its such a shame to leave such a negative review as normally Delapre Abbey offer great events which are reasonably priced and offer a good experience.
The light trail was a complete waste of time and money if I am totally honest. What could have been a brilliant experience was just lacking in every way. The larger installations were good however the trail was so dark, which for a light trail is bizarre. Between the main points it looked like someone had randomly chucked some cheap fairy lights at the odd tree. Would have been great to have some Christmas music playing on the walk round as I think that would have made the experience a little bit more festive feeling.
Away from the light trail the event was advertised as have a selection of street food vendors, all that was there was a extortionatly priced frankfurter stall, basic frankfurter £6.50 and £3 two marshmallows on a stick for taosting , there was another stall selling other food which we didn't really look at but was a far cry from what I would expect from the promised selection of independent street food.
Think the organisers need to seriously look at the experience offered and I hope this lack lustre event doesn't put people off other events organised at delapre Abbey.
Written December 20, 2021
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Tanya C
Northampton, UK39 contributions
Family
Winter light trail. We decided to visit the new winter light trail to 1. To Support local business / charity and 2. To set of our Christmas spirit.

It was a beautiful walk but it most definitely was not spectacular like it was advertised. It was very over priced and a rip off for parking being charged £3 on top of entry when normally parking is free I believe.

The food stalls, drinks and entertainment at the end was lovely. It felt really festive.

There was so much potential to add so much more.
I hope with this being the first one, that next year they listen to the feedback and add more lights or lower the price to make it more affordable.
Written December 27, 2021
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Andy B
Phoenix, AZ120 contributions
Delapre Abbey is a bit of a surprise considering its location in Northampton. You could drive past it for years and not know it was there. I know that because I used to live in Northampton and drove past it for years without seeing any Abbey, because it is well back hidden from the road by the trees and park.
I think it might only recently have been sort of restored and turned into an attraction.
The Abbey sits in huge grounds and is an interesting building, not least because you see how small people must have been when it was built, the rooms and corridors are quite cramped. There are very good guides to the history and helpful staff to point you in the right direction. Disabled can get around inside the Abbey building in special narrow wheel chairs, although they need someone to push and the narrow passages are not that easy to navigate in the wheel chair.
The cafe / tea rooms are quite pleasant especially on a warm day stitting outside. The food is good enough.
Written January 9, 2020
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