Boughton House is often nicknamed ‘The English Versaille’s and is known as one of Britain’s most impressive stately homes. Visitors to Boughton House can admire the marvellous interiors and impressive art collection, with masterpiece paintings by El Greco, Van Dyck and Gainsborough. The gardens at Boughton are equally impressive, with 150 acres of stunning gardens, landscapes and magnificent waterways. The hosue is only open to the public on selected dates throughout the year and viewing is via guided tour. For other great castles and heritage sites in England check out our dedicated page here.
what to see at boughton house:
Boughton House is the work of Ralph Montagu, a British ambassador to France in the 17th Century who decided to create an English version of Versailles. The house is furnished with English and French furniture created by renowned craftsmen of the period, as well as impressive 16th Century carpets and tapestries. The world renowned Buccleuch art collection is housed in Boughton, and includes masterpieces by El Greco, Van Dyck and Gainsborough. There are several tours around the house, which include visits to the Great Hall, the State Rooms and the impressive armoury collection.
Boughton boasts a stunning 150-acre garden, with magnificent tree-lined avenues, and picturesque waterways. Highlights of the landscaped gardens include the impressive Grand Etang, an 18th Century reflecting pool that was formerly used for ice skating, the tranquil walled garden, the beautiful scents of the rose garden and the medieval lily pond.
The stables cafe offers a selection of teas, coffees, home made cakes, sandwiches and salads, as well as seasonal dishes and lunches.
great hall tour:
This tour explores some of the finest artworks from the Buccleuch collection, as well as a tour of the grand floor of the house including the impressive Great Hall. In total, the tour passes through 9 rooms and lasts approximately 1 hour.
Discover the state rooms that were designed by Montagu for King William III. In total, the tour passes through 6 rooms.
the books, beds & beyond tour
This tour shows the lesser known side of Boughton. Through exploring the upper floors of the house, you will discover the servants quarters, china and library.
You can find further information on the Boughton House website