Delapré      Abbey

Delapré Abbey

Threatened with

Northampton’s heritage 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 West Northants 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.

Delapré Abbey

There’s something for

Child Learning at Delapré Abbey

There’s something for everyone in and around this fascinating building from guided tours, education visits, events, exhibitions and special displays.

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 the Orangery café, which is open all year round.

Area of the

a room within delapre abbey


Entering through the visitor welcome centre, you can go on to investigate 3 more storytelling zones. Relax in the peaceful inner Courtyard and explore the Abbey’s many rooms and intriguing spaces at your leisure.

Each zone 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 and exhibition spaces on the first floor holding a snippet of the Abbey through the ages.

Our next exhibition will be held from mid-May to October 2024 and feature sports through the ages held here on the grounds of the Abbey.