Delapre Abbey is located on the outskirts of Northampton town centre. However, the second you pull into the gates it’s hard to believe you’re not in the middle of the countryside.
As you turn in the gates you are met by wide stretches of grass on either side of the narrow driveway and the sight of a few buildings hiding in the trees in front of you.
what is Delapre Abbey?
Despite being threatened to be torn down, Delapre Abbey has survived 900 years! It was originally a nunnery but also played a part in a crucial battle during the war of the roses.
During the battle of Northampton in 1460 King Henry VI was held prisoner overnight within the Abbey.
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what can you do at Delapre Abbey?
If you are interested in learning about the history of Delapre Abbey then you can take a guided tour. During this, you will learn about the Abbeys 900-year history. There are rooms set up with items that have been discovered during renovations, some original decorations and some props that go alongside the stories you will learn. It’s a really interesting tour and takes around an hour and a half. I wouldn’t recommend it with young kids though.
You can spend a good half-day or so walking around the gardens and wood.
When we arrived we headed up the left side of the Abbey and followed the path down towards Delapre Wood. There has been a bit of rain lately and so there were some giant puddles. This was exciting both dogs and small children!
The paths into the woods are lined with trees on either side. With us nearing the end of Winter and there being very few leaves on the trees it was like something from a horror movie. I would definitely not want to be around there at night!
At the end of the path, there was a large lake. However, we followed the path round so that we ended up travelling in a circle and ending up back at the Abbey. This was a great walk for the little ones as there was plenty of space to run around and loads of sticks to gather!
On our way to the cafe, we took a walk through the garden where we saw the remains of the water garden.
The boys also found some bushes that the could climb inside and explore. There were also some cool trees to climb and play around (see photo above)
Following this, we stopped to have a peek at the more manicured Walled Garden.
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In Summer and when the Orangery has reopened, I’m looking forward to coming back and sitting on the south lawn. Here you can enjoy vast views over the parkland and golf course.
Parking is free at Delapre Abbey. Entry to the gardens and wood is also free. There are charges to enter the Abbey. Please check their website.
Have you been to Delapre Abbey? What do you love the most about it?
The postcode for Delapre Abbey is NN4 8AW
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