Delapre Abbey
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
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Lisa H
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience!
    A genuine treasure! We booked a guided tour and were really impressed. Our lovely guide was full of knowledge and interesting snippets of this buildings long and fascinating life. The tour explores the very beginnings of the Abbey as a nunnery, through it's assorted families and finally to its remarkable saving by a local lady. Excellent value for approx 1.5 hours of humorous and well presented history.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 19, 2023
  • RubyAndMurray
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Candlelight Concert: Tribute to Queen
    Attended the Candlelight: A tribute to Queen concert in the Orangery at Delapre Abbey, an intimate venue which added to the atmosphere. Ensamble M, the string quartet were amazing and their enthusiasm for the music was clear. I had goosebumps and will admit to having a tear in my eye during the performance of ‘Somebody to love’. We had a fantastic evening
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 5, 2023
  • Pam M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another wonderful visit
    I've just enjoyed another very informative and interesting tour of Delapre Abbey. There's always something new to see and learn, and the Walled Garden continues to be a delight. Congratulations to the Trust and Volunteers for continuing to keep the estate out of the hands of developers. They have their own style of development, which enhances both the local community, and the wider world. Thank you.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 23, 2023
  • Kevin M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    December 10th visit
    Amazing light show we thoroughly enjoyed it. Only one fault we bought hot chocolate on the route at £3.50 - fair enough was then asked if we wanted cream and Marshmallow added, replied yes and was charges an additional £1 for the privilege which was not advertised. A rip off. Also the ' Hot chocolate was 80% coloured frankly tasteless chocolate water. Trail very muddy some matting, sand etc should be put down to stop people slipping and falling.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 11, 2023
  • David L
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An enjoyable afternoon - the tours are excellent
    It was my first visit to Delapre Abbey today, and I must admit I'd never heard of it until a couple of days earlier, having not been local. it was enjoyable, if not fairly wet, due to the inclement weather. The tour was outstanding, funny, and a historically compelling narrative of the building and its occupants. It took you from a medieval nunnery through the Wars of the Roses to Georgian high society, Victorian scandals, and recent acquisition and restoration. I thoroughly enjoyed it. You are free to wonder about it at your leisure, and a lot of conservation work and curatorial effort is put in. I felt that some of the displays and room could do with some TLC and better displays and information, but otherwise, it was excellent. If you are looking for a day out, it has something for everyone and appeals to adults, families, and history enthusiasts alike. I note they do seasonal tours and other secular events, which I will be looking out for. I didn't get to experience the cafe, but I am told it's very good and serves light snacks, lunches and, of course, coffee and tea. I also didn't get to visit the walled garden which I'm told is definitely worth a visit. An informative afternoon.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 10, 2024
  • 301lisa33
    Coventry, United Kingdom1,910 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting
    The abbey is open to the public on some days - do check. Many of the staff are volunteers. The abbey itself is interesting but little interpretation is provided. The tour guides are very knowledgeable. Tours last c1.5 hours - wouldnt be suitable for children The Orangery cafe is lovely with a nice atmosphere and decent menu. There is also a fine dining restaurant which we didnt experience but the menu looks lovely
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 6, 2024
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Andy B
Phoenix, AZ132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
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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Carole
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • 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, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • 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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Craig T
United Kingdom75 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Impossible to book afternoon tea after driving 50 minutes to the abbey as web site stated vouchers can only be purchased on site. Cafe told us they couldn’t sell vouchers and we should go to the cafe who then told us they do not sell vouchers. Gave up and went home.
Written February 8, 2023
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Dean F
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Total rubbish especially for the price says £15.00 per adult then charges £16.50, £1.50 for booking fee and that the off peak price, total rip off for the money, and parking £3.00 on top of that.
Nothing like expected from the hype on the website. just some muddy path with a few light doted around thepath way, some not even working, total waste of money and time and at the end you can get drink's £5.00 for a lukewarm so called hot chocolate, other drinks and food avaliable and equaly over priced.
I recommend you steer clear, better to walk around the area you live and look at the neighbourhood light out side peoples houses, or a way from your neighbourhood if you want something different, would be better and much cheaper. Avoid. Avoid.
Written January 2, 2024
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Gabby W
Northampton, UK186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
This place has gone from strength to strength since the renovations and it’s a really popular place for an afternoon out. The orangery cafe serves delicious food, the grounds and gardens are beautiful, and the house itself is a must visit too. The volunteer guides on hand to tell you about the house’s rich history are extremely knowledgable and very friendly. My favourite things to do are stroll around the small wood behind the walled garden, and walk around the back lake when it’s dry enough for the paths.
Written September 24, 2020
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Felicity A
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • 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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Dan9899505
52 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • 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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Ben White
Northampton, UK2,884 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • 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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Anthony L
Milton Keynes, UK1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
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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