Discover Delapré Abbey

Northampton’s hidden treasure located just a mile or so from the town centre is alive with the possibilities of the present and surrounded by the echoes of the past.

 

Threatened with destruction many times during its 900 year history, Delapré Abbey has managed to survive and has recently been part restored with support from Northampton Borough Council, devoted volunteers and a £3.65 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

As a visitor to Northampton’s newest visitor attraction, you’ll experience tales of the Abbey told across five storytelling zones, you’ll investigate unexpected views, strange doorways and eccentric architecture and make your own memories in a building brimming with history.

There’s something for everyone in and around this fascinating building from guided tours, education visits, events, theatre productions, exhibitions and special displays. From outdoor theatre in the summer to tea with Santa, there’s always something new to experience.

The Abbey has been designed to be engaging for visitors of all ages and we welcome families with our hands-on, interactive displays. You’ll learn about the history of the building, enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the gardens and recharge your batteries in our brand new Orangery café, which is open all year round.

 

Delapré Abbey’s 900 year history is told in 5 different display “zones” across the Stable Block and the main house. Visitors are welcome to explore the building itself in whatever order they please.

Tickets can be purchased online up to 24 hours before your visit using our secure booking system or you can pop into our Visitor Welcome to buy them in person.

The 18th century Stable Block

Welcome to your first step in your exploration of the Abbey…

The impressive stone built Stable Block, dating from the 18th century. This is your first port of call. You’ll buy your tickets and pick up a visitor guide with a map of the site before you start exploring at your own pace.

The Stable Block also houses the first two of our storytelling zones:

The Stable Rooms – an introduction to Delapré Abbey’s 900 year history of survival and revival

The Battlefield Rooms – where you experience the downfall of a King during the pivotal moment in the Wars of the Roses, when the Battle of Northampton was fought on the doorstep of the Abbey.

Don’t forget to pop into our shop which features a lively selection of souvenirs inspired by the history of the Abbey and its grounds.

 

The Main House

Once you’ve purchased your Abbey entrance tickets, the Main House is yours to explore…

Entering through the front door, you can go onto investigate 3 more storytelling zones. You can relax in the peaceful inner Courtyard and explore the Abbey’s many rooms and intriguing spaces at your leisure.

The different zones introduce you to different parts of Delapré Abbey’s story. Each has a different atmosphere from the quieter Medieval Rooms, where you can contemplate the largely forgotten lives of the women who lived in the Abbey for nearly 400 years. Through to the Bouverie Rooms where you can take part in the gossip and drama of a Victorian family saga.

Don’t forget the Nine Rooms zone on the first floor where 9 largely unrestored rooms have been left as time capsules. You’ll walk through and uncover 9 objects which put the spotlight on different moments in the buildings 900 year history.

Please note: access to the Main House is by guided tour only between 11AM and 1PM with free flow available in the afternoon.

You can book onto one of our short guided tours from the Stable Block when you arrive and they are included as part of your admission ticket.