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“Very well worth a visit”

Lamport Hall and Gardens
Ranked #26 of 87 things to do in Northampton
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Reviewed 29 June 2018

This was a lovely house and garden and we were welcomed and shown around. Don't miss the church. We had an excellent guide - no free flow visiting and there is also a small cafe within the house.

Thank Gillian G G
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

Not the usual country house experience; much more of a human scale and homely feeling. Both the interior and grounds were well worth visiting. Do not miss the unique three seater toilet or the rockery. Friendly, helpful staff and a warm welcome. Will return.

Thank ExpatComfortLover
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Reviewed 16 June 2018

Nowhere near Daventry, which is what Tripadvisor might lead you to believe. Much closer to Northampton, Kettering or Market Harborough. Also, I would suggest that you key NN6 9EZ into your satnav, not the postcode that Tripadvisor provide.

We went there for their Steam and Country Fair at the end of May. We did find that their website was a little misleading, although when we went back and had another look - with the benefit of hindsight - we didn't find it quite as misleading as we had originally thought. However, it did quite clearly show "Admission Prices: £9 hall & garden" at the bottom of the page for the Steam Fair, whereas actually it was £9 for the Steam Fair, which is held in the grounds, and then another £9 if you wanted to view the house and the garden. So I'm not particularly surprised that some people were confused by it.

I wouldn't travel an enormous distance to visit this place especially, but if you do happen to be in the area then it is certainly worthy of closer investigation, and it is significantly cheaper to visit than Althorp.

Thank Wartznall
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

Lamport Hall is about 20 min north of Northampton and normally only opens during the week (Wed and Thurs). For folks who work during the week the only time to visit is on a Sunday or Monday bank holiday, when the opening often coincides with a special event.

The late May bank holiday was all things rural with traction engines, rural crafts, shire horses and sprawling crafts and food fair. The quality of the stalls was very uneven with some good quality and locally made food, weaving and jewellery. There was a lot of 'antiques' and 'vintage' of more questionable merit. Lamport is also home to a rural life museum in some of the outbuildings. This is more interesting to visit on the weekends when much of the machinery is working - including some belt powered farm machinery that looked hazardous to our modern health and safety conscious thinking.

As other visitors have commented you do need to pay twice - £9 for the show and £9 for the house and garden. While we had a really good day out and there was a lot to see at the show... most visitors were voting with their feet and the house was very quiet when we looked around. Other similar attractions (Knebworth house) include the gardens and special events like garden fairs or antiques fairs in the ticket price with a modest additional top up for the house. They really need to look at the pricing structure.

The house is very pleasant inside and much more light and airy than many country homes. While it didn't have that lived in feel most of the furniture, paintings, ornaments etc are original to the family and house.... not just things that have been bought in from the right period. The staff are very friendly and keen to share their knowledge and make visitors feel welcome. There are some wonderful views of the surrounding countryside from the house, including the church which is in that lovely warm Northamptonshire stone. One of the rooms downstairs has been turned into a small cafe and tearoom which has teas, cakes and cold drinks but does not serve meals.

The gardens are appealing and quite unusual. The largest area is the walled garden which is given over to flowers to be cut, with a few older fruit trees around the edge. If you are used to large National Trust gardens this is a bit of a change but walled gardens would have had flowers to be cut for the house too. In late May the flowers were just starting to come out, but it will look striking in the coming weeks. The large lawn in front of the house has some fine trees, cedars as well as a group of trees with a summer house in - from the original 18th C planting. Next to the hall are three more formal gardens, two with water features and the third the highlight of the garden - the rock garden - famous for its Gnomes. If you don't care too much for Gnomes the rock features are an interesting historical curiosity. Along the side of the lawn the little garden has a range of flowering shrubs and in May many Iris. Finally opposite the house follow the path behind the front lawn to the woodland garden. This looks wonderful in late May and is full of flowers - campions, geraniums...

Thank AlinaRC
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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Went to look around gardens, very dissapointed, payed £15.00 entrance fee, 15 minutes later on our way out, not a lot too see, could not get a drink unless we paid to look round house, very dissapoinnting.

Thank fsmith92
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