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Review of Delapre Abbey

Delapre Abbey
Ranked #14 of 81 things to do in Northampton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The beautiful Grade II* Listed Delapre Abbey, just one mile from Northampton town centre, is entering an exciting new phase in its history. Following the success of a Heritage Lottery Fund application in 2013, a £7 million project is coming to the end of a 3 year restoration period to repair and restore this previously listed "Building At Risk". The Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust is working with Northampton Borough Council to involve the community and volunteers in the restoration project and will then manage and operate the Abbey for the benefit of the public. The Abbey will be opening its doors to visitors for the first time in its 900 year history, with The Trust managing the building as a fantastic historic venue for local, national and even international visitors.
Reviewed September 26, 2013

havent been in a while but cant imagine its changed much. the gardens are well kept and lovely to stroll through.
you can walk through to the lake or stop for some after noon tea in the main abbey surrounded by a well tended botanics garden.
out the back theres cut grass and tall trees.
in the front of the abbey theres plenty of space for the kids to run around.
keep fit classes are held here weekly, as well as music events.
i do enjoy visitng , and must go again soon.

1  Thank OmyAliver
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

Yet again another little gem we found by accident thanks to the Heritage weekend.
The rooms in the Abbey had been cleared and we were able to visit most of them. (Check opening times)
The grounds with the splendid mature trees and beautifully laid out gardens were a pleasure to walk around. Unfortunately the fountains had broken down but the chiming clock has been restored.
The outside cafe area looked most welcoming in the sunshine.
Free parking definitely a plus.
This place is worth a visit either for a summer picnic or a winter walk in the grounds.

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Reviewed September 6, 2013

Went with 10 and 2 year old. Sunny day so took own picnic. Plenty of room to sit if take blanket. Parking limited. Lovely place to relax. Cafe good. Nice activities for children. Great place to take dog.

2  Thank SpfJ
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Over recent years mainly volunteers have reinvented this ancient Abbey. The formal garden, water feature and cafe are now worth a visit. The food is good, varied and at very fair prices. The buildings are slowly coming back to life and the parkland is nicely maintained. A good reason to visit and enjoy a slice of Northampton's history

Thank braithwaite12
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

Extensive grounds in which the children can exhaust themselves before you take a leisurely walk around the restored walled gardens before having lunch or a cream tea. Without the 'Friends' stepping in this Georgian/Victorian house would have been redeveloped and no longer open to the public. Volunteers are restoring and maintaining the house and gardens and operating the café. If you have been watching the 'White Queen' on tv, this is where Edward IV won his battle against Henry VI. Also take time to visit Queen Eleanor's cross the finest example still standing. Download a map so you can park in the Abbey and then walk through the park and golf course.
See Wikipedia entry for history of this site.

Thank S M
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