A special new exhibit is coming to Althorp Estate.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
June 12, 2019
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If you like your vacation with a side of British royals, consider planning a trip to Northampton, England where you can tour Althorp House and Park, the childhood home of Princess Diana.

This summer, Althorp Estate will be open to the public from Monday, July 1st through Saturday, August 31st from 12:00pm-5:00pm. Tickets cost £11.00 for children, £16.00 for students or seniors, and £18.50 for adults, with a family ticket option for two adults and two children also available for £45.00. Children under the age of five enjoy free admission. While on the premises, guests have the opportunity to tour the State Rooms of the house, and wander the bucolic grounds. For more information or to purchase a ticket, click here.

During the touring season, Althrop Estate is also presenting a new exhibition (included with the purchase of day tickets), titled Animals of Althorp. According to the official website's description, "Animals are as much a part of the Spencer Family's history as the iconic House itself. The Spencers arrived with their flocks of sheep in this rich grazing land in 1486, and built their home there in 1508. Since then, the verdant pastures and woodlands of oak have been the backdrop to their lives and home to many animals, including the black fallow deer that have roamed the Park since the fifteenth century, and which remain the Spencers' closest neighbours to this day." During your visit, you can see a collection of items in the Stables Courtyard and various portraits, antiques, and more. In the library, you'll also have the chance to see a painting of Princess Diana's pet cat Marmalade by Aniela Pawlikowska.

For fans of the late Princess, visiting Althorp Esate is certainly a special opportunity to experience the property on which she grew up and is now buried. Per Architectural Digest, "Princess Diana is buried on a small island in the middle of the property's lake, and though visitors will not be permitted to visit her grave, they will be able to visit a memorial on the property."

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Indeed, the fresh country air and dose of regal history is calling our name. Time to brush up on recent episodes of The Crown and pack our best outfits for high tea.

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