Credit: Boughton House

Open All Hours

Northamptonshire’s magnificent Boughton House (pictured here) is now even more accessible for groups, with extended open hours for 2018 and the added bonus that pre-arranged group tours can visit all year round.

The historic Home of the Duke of Buccleuch is set to throw open its doors for the Easter and late May bank holidays, before re-opening throughout the month of August. Its gardens and Grade 1 designed landscape will open in conjunction with the house, as well as on two special dates –February 25 and October 21, when a portion of the proceeds from entrance tickets will be donated to charity through the National Gardens Scheme.

Boughton offers a host of tour packages for groups scheduling trips in and out of the official opening season. From a comprehensive tour taking in the house’s highlights – including its five beautifully preserved 17th century State Rooms – to a ground floor program, culminating in the Great Hall under the Louis Cheron’s masterpiece The Marriage of Hercules and Hebe, visitors can enjoy an array of celebrated textiles, armoury and objet d’art.

“With such a wealth of history here at Boughton, there are so many stories to discover,” says Charles Lister, Property Manager at Boughton House. “It would take many, many visits to fully appreciate the countless treasures of the Buccleuch Art Collection on display. However, we have offerings tailored specifically with our group tour visitors in mind, which take in as many of the highlights as possible in a day.

“The House is a real time capsule of the art and culture in the 17th and 18th centuries so we can also create bespoke tour offerings for particular interest groups.”