Get your last-minute visit to Princess Diana’s childhood home this Bank Holiday weekend

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Althorp House, is a Grade I listed stately home in Northamptonshire that has been in the Spencer family for over 500 years, currently owned by Diana’s brother, Earl Charles Spencer. Then known as Lady Diana, the late Princess grew up on the 13,500 acre estate.

It was also where she met her future husband Prince Charles, who at the time was attending a grouse shooting party and dating Diana’s oldest sister, Sarah.

Measuring 100,000 square feet, Althorp has 90 rooms, a portrait gallery and is home to one of the finest private collections of furniture and ceramics in Europe.

Although photos inside the private home are banned, the grand Wootton Hall hall entrance will leave guests impressed, with one person citing it as “the noblest Georgian room in the county.”

The library boasts around 10,000 books, which all came from John Rylands Library at Manchester University, with several chandeliers and red armchairs for family members to relax.

Another stand-out room, decorated in deep blue hand-printed Italian frescoes, is the Grandmother’s Sitting Room, notably named as it was Diana’s grandmother’s – Cynthia Spencer, Countess Spencer – favourite spot.

In total, the Althorp estate has 28 listed buildings and structures scattered around the grounds, including a falconry, a mustard yellow Stable Block and nine planting stones.

Althorp House is also where Princess Diana was buried on a small island on the estate in the middle of the ornamental Round Oval lake in 1997.

A total of 36 oak trees, symbolising the age Diana was when she died, are planted around the pathway, with an additional 1,000 white water lilies floating in the lake and 100 white rambling roses on the island.

This coming Tuesday (August 31) marks the 24th anniversary since the Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris.

This would also be a fitting time for anyone who wishes to pay tribute to the late Princess, who is also the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry.

But visitors hoping to pay their respects on the actual date will sadly not be able to, Althorp House’s last day open to the public this year is Monday, August 30.

Just a 10-minute drive from the M1 and less than 90 minutes from London, anyone who has not had a chance to walk around where Diana grew up still has a chance – until next summer.

Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer, only opens the estate to the public during the summer months, so only a few days left until visitors will have to wait till 2022.

Visitors can bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawns overlooking the Deer Park where you might even spot Tim the peacock parading nearby.

A family ticket costs £60, with a complimentary guide book, children under 5 go for free and

Over 60s, concession or Blue Badge Holders will cost £18 per ticket.

While many people will be making the most of the late summer weather, many will also turn their thoughts to remembering Diana, Princess of Wales.

If you would like to visit Althorp House, tickets are still available to book on the official website now.


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