Althorp House

The Midlands & the Marches

The ancestral home of the Spencer family, Althorp House – pronounced 'altrup' – is the final resting place of Diana, Princess of Wales, commemorated by a memorial. The outstanding art collection features works by Rubens, Gainsborough and Van Dyck. Profits go to charities supported by the Princess Diana Memorial Fund.

Althorp is off the A428, 5.5 miles northwest of Northampton, and is not served by public transport; a taxi costs around £20.

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2. All Saints' Church

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3. St Peter's Church

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4. Guildhall

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5. Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

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6. Canal Museum

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7. William Webb Ellis Statue

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8. Webb Ellis Rugby Football Museum

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