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Boughton House Open for Tours this Easter: Where the Ancient meets the Contemporary

Boughton House is looking forward to opening its doors over the Easter (Saturday 8th to Monday 10th April) and May Bank Holiday weekends (Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May and Saturday 27th to Monday 29th May). This year, in addition to the world-class art collection and fascinating history, visitors can admire a newly restored collection of ancient statues and view contemporary works by local artists.

Three ancient statues have recently undergone conservation and been returned to Boughton where they take pride of place in the Egyptian Hall. Previously on the West Lawn and are thought to be around 2000 years old!

They are likely to have been purchased by a Grand Tourist, perhaps the Marquis of Monthermer, son of the 3rd Duke of Montagu whilst in Italy and the investigation into their origins and journey to Boughton is still ongoing. Visitors can see the statues on the Great Hall Tour, one of three House tours on offer this weekend.

Boughton House is also set to host three pop-up events in association with Northants Open Studios. Local artists will display their works of art within the Stableyard area, including the Tearoom and Coach House.

Charles Lister, property manager at Boughton House says:

“We are delighted to be welcoming back Northants Open Studio’s for the series of pop-up events. We think art enthusiasts will love the mix of traditional art within the House and works by local, talented Northamptonshire artists. To be able to see artworks created over 2,000 years apart is truly special. It is an exciting start to the season for us and we look forward to welcoming visitors to enjoy all that Boughton has to offer.”

Visitors to Boughton House can explore three tours taking in different aspects of the historic home. The Great Hall tour, which visitors can enjoy on a free-flow basis, takes in many of the ground floor rooms, including the impressive Great Hall, featuring the newly restored Elements tapestries, and stunning painted ceiling, “Apotheosis of Hercules” by Louis Chéron.

The State Rooms Tour takes visitors upstairs on a guided tour of the lavish rooms created for the visit of William III in 1695. The final tour, Books, Beds and Beyond, takes visitors on an eclectic, adventurous tour of the library, bedrooms, backstairs, kitchen and other hidden areas of the House.

The historic Gardens, Landscape and Parkland are also open to visitors over the Easter and May Bank Holiday weekends.

The Stableyard Tearoom and Gift Shop will also be open over the three weekends offering cakes, tea, and other light refreshments.

Entry for the Great Hall Tour is £14 for Adults, and £8 for Children (under 5’s free). Entry to the State Rooms Tour is £14 for Adults, £8 for Children (under 5’s free) or £5 per person if doing in addition on the Great Hall Tour. Books, Beds and Beyond is £16 per person or £10 in addition to another tour. Entry to the Gardens and Parkland is £8 for Adults and £3 for Children (under 5’s free) and is included with the price of a House tour.

All tickets can be purchased from boughtonhouse.co.uk.

 

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