For 900 years, Delapré Abbey has occupied this site in Northampton. The Abbey has witnessed royalty, battles and intrigue, technological innovations, world wars and dissolution. In the 1990s, Delapré began a quiet descent into dilapidation and ruin. The rooms were closed, the windows were shuttered and walls began to crumble as the stories and memories of the past dissolved to dust with them.
Now, four years after the culmination of a vital restoration programme, the Abbey is alive again, breathing new life into the stories of yesteryear, creating fresh memories and inviting you in to learn the secrets ingrained in the fabric of the Abbey.
Over 100 volunteers and supporters have worked alongside staff, conservators and craftspeople over the last 3 years to bring the Abbey back to life and ensure that it continues to be a vibrant community hub offering learning facilities as well a sustainable wedding and functions venue all set within beautiful gardens and public parkland.
As a Grade II* listed building, Delapré Abbey is within the top eight per cent of heritage properties in the UK, and is one of just 46 sites listed by Historic England as a registered battlefield.
Inside the Abbey there are 5 different, interactive storytelling zones to discover which reveal the fascinating history of the building from its life as a nunnery, witnessing the events of the Battle of Northampton unfold, to its heyday as a scandal-ridden Victorian country home.
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