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 delicious 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 and lasts approximately 1 hour.
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. The tour lasts around 1 hour and passes through 15 rooms.
tours of Boughton House:
There are several tours to Boughton House that are offered only on selected dates during the year. Tourist England offers private tours of Boughton House. For more information, fill out our form below:
Gardens, Cafe & Gift Shop, open from 12pm
15th-17th April: 12:00 – 17:00 (last entry 16:00) for Easter Weekend.
1st-31st August. 12pm – 17:00(last entry 16:00).
House Tours, from 1pm
15th-17th April. Guided tours from 13:00, last tour at 15:30 for Easter Weekend.
1st-31st August. Guided tours from 13:00, last tour at 15:30
Gardens & Grounds (also includes Exhibition & Armoury):
- Child (5-16)
- Family (2+2)
Great Hall Tour (also includes Gardens, Exhibition & Armoury):
- Child (5-16)
- Family (2+2)
- Add £2 to Great Hall Tour or £10 with access to Gardens & Grounds
The Books, Beds & Beyond Tour:
- £12.50 ( in additoin to normal entry)
Address: Boughton House, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14 1BJ
Boughton House is located 3 miles north of Kettering in Northamptonshire, 85 miles north of London and around a 2hr30m drive from the capital. It is also 1-hour drive from Cambridge. East Midlands Trains have a service from London to Kettering.