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has put Althorp on the map. Six years after her tragic death in
Paris, hundreds of thousands of people come to the Northamptonshire
estate to pay their respects.
island and the lake.
Stable Block museum is split into six aspects of Diana's life: childhood,
Royal wedding, work, tribute, style & fashion and the work continues
(about the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund).
dresses - including the unforgettable bridal gown - are perhaps
the most popular exhibits.
is set in 450 acres of parkland. Diana was laid to rest on an island
in the middle of a lake in the grounds. Visitors can walk to the
lake to view the island, and also see the Diana memorial at the
and Countess Spencer.
brother lives in Althorp House with his wife and children, as his
ancestors have done for nearly 500 years. Visitors can also look
around parts of the house.
Spencer told the BBC Northamptonshire website that the atmosphere
at Althorp has altered in the years since Diana died: "I think
there's been a definite change in the years since she died as to
the general tone here. I think we were in huge shock here for the
first year or two. Most of our summer visitors seemed to be coming
here to get in touch with whatever emotions they felt that week
when they learnt Diana had died. There was a melancholy air to the
now people come and it hasn't got such a sad air about it because
people accept what happened. They come here to put Diana in context,
which is far healthier. They celebrate her life rather than mourn
is he cashing in on Diana's name? That's an accusation made by some
"I suppose ever since my sister's funeral, the press have tried
to have an angle on me and this is the one they've chosen,"
Earl Spencer responds.
it's not true. Our accounts are independently audited, the charity
commissioners check it, it's all above board. Whatever profits we
make abroad, just the same as here, will go to her charity."
Spencer said that people still have strong opinions about Diana:
"I don't think anyone's views of Diana will ever change now.
I think they either thought she was a force for good or they didn't
get what she was about and was suspicious. I think those that supported
her will always do so and those who didn't get her will just get
on with their lives not worrying about it."
year, Althorp is open to the public for three months, until 30th
Earl Spencer said that he has now plans to open for longer: "Three
months to me is the maximum. I've got a young family and another
child on the way, and I think people like the fact it's a family
home and it's got to keep that atmosphere genuinely."
Audio guides give a tour of the house, voiced by Earl Spencer and
children can go on a nature trail around the park.
a 360 degree tour of Althorp
more information about Althorp, including opening times and prices,
go to the official website: www.althorp.com
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I came to Althorp in 1998. I then continued to come four times after that visit. It is such a tranquil, sedate and homely place that I felt very much at home myself. The staff and the Earl who I met were so polit, friendly and informative, they showed a devoution to Althorp. Diana would have adored the public around her. Both my young children have visited and they too agree that it is a wonderful day outand vast amounts of history to find out and learn.
martha and imelda
we visited althorp with three residents from a residential home in surrey . We thoroughly enjoyed our day and the service from staff was exceptional. What a beautiful house and grounds. We felt very close to Diana when we viewed her gowns especially her wedding gown. We also felt so relaxed and at ease when we were sitting by the oval lake and looking across at the island where Diana is resting in peace. Althorp is a unique setting and one got the impression that it is somewhere that needs to be revisited.
I am from South Africa and would love to see more about HRH Princess Diana's grave, why can we see Princess Grace Kelly's tumbstone, it gives us closure. With HRH Princess Diana, there is NOTHING!!, NO CLOSURE. WHY IS THIS, WE LOVED HER, AND FOLLOWED HER THROUGHOUT HER JOURNEY TO THE END AND NOW IT IS AS IF WE ARE ALSO GETTING PUNISHED, DIANA WOULD NEVER HAVE WANTED THIS.
i came here when i was 14 but am going to come again in november the things you can buy are amazing!.i just love the place i hope it stays open long enough for me to bring my own children to experince it x and il make sure my children know who diana was.
it was great to look at all the grounds of the place its a great comfort. what a great idea to open it! il certainly be coming again x x
It is just a lovely place to visit.The people are so helpful and friendly.
its nice its beautiful
A first class visitor attraction. The areas open to the public are well designed and signposted. The people on duty are helpful and well trained. Everywhere is neat and tidy. The exhibition on Diana is well presented. Whatever you think of Diana, it's well worth a visit to Althorp.