althorp coaching inn


From small beginnings in the 12th century, Great Brington, "the town on the brink", developed into a world renowned tourist location. Only a few hundred yards from Althorp House, the family home and final resting place of Princess Diana, the village also boasts a 13th century church 'St Mary the Virgin'. Nineteen generations of Spencers are interred in the Spencer Chapel, the earliest being John Spencer himself, with his wife, who lie beneath an ornate canopy. 

The church also features a grey worn slab in the chancel which commemorates Laurence Washington, ancestor of the first president of the United States of America, George Washington.


In recent history, Great Brington and Althorp has become synonymous with Princess Diana who, from the age of 14, lived at Althorp House. 


Boasting a 500 year history, Althorp has been home to nineteen generations of Spencers. With Charles, the current and Ninth Earl Spencer, occupying it for twenty three of those years, Althorp has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in Northamptonshire.

Althorp House will be open to visitors in 2018 between:

Monday 16th July – Friday 24th August

Monday 27th August – Sunday 9th September

For more information visit their website:


The Althorp Coaching Inn

Main Street, Great Brington, Northampton NN7 4JA



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