A few weekends ago we ventured over to Castle Ashby, the ancestral home of the 7th Marquess of Northampton. The beautiful house is set in the heart of a 10,000 acre estate, with 35 acres of stunning gardens so as you can imagine there's lot of space to explore. There are romantic Italian gardens, a unique Orangery and impressive Arboretum to discover, with plenty of sensory experiences a long the way. The gardens are open 365 days a year, which I feel is pretty rare with older houses. During the winter time you only have to pay £4 for parking because the toilets, gift shop and café are all closed. However you could always take your own picnic and enjoy a vast amount of beautiful space for a very affordable price.
Admission for the gardens during the spring/summer is £5.50 per adult and children under 12 are free. For that price you get access to the gardens, menagerie, children's play area, café and gift shop. Isabella loved running around the various gardens, picking up the pebbles and watching the meerkats popping in and out of the holes.
Big houses with beautiful gardens are one of my favourite family days out because it keeps Isabella happy as she can run around freely, we spend quality time together and they're the ideal place to teach Isabella all about the world around us. I'd highly recommend a visit if you're ever in the Northampton area!
What are your favourite days out?
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