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Leicestershire and Northamptonshire

Explore small personal houses, cosy gardens and woodland habitats in the neighbouring counties in the heart of England. There is lots to do indoors and outdoors in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

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Top places to visit in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire

The lodge reflected in the lake at Lyveden, Northamptonshire
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Lyveden 

Set in the heart of rural Northamptonshire, Lyveden is a remarkable survivor of the Elizabethan age.

near Oundle, Northamptonshire

Fully open today
Sunset over the house and garden at Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire
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Canons Ashby 

A tranquil Tudor manor house set in rare terraced gardens, with the 'antient' Dryden family at its heart

near Daventry, Northamptonshire

Fully open today
The south front of Stoneywell, Leicestershire.
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Stoneywell 

The home of a family who lived and loved the Arts and Crafts

Leicestershire

Closed now
Image shows close up of leaves on a branch of a beech tree.
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Ulverscoft Nature Reserve 

Reserve in the care of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

near Loughborough, Leicestershire

Signpost pointing the way to the Priest's House, a stone building with a pitched roof, Easton On The Hill, Northamptonshire
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Priest's House 

Small pre-Reformation stone building

near Stamford, Northamptonshire

Top gardens in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire

Wander through the gardens and take in the crisp colours, sights and sounds of the season.

Visitors in the garden near a tree with manor house in background at Canons Ashby Northamptonshire
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The garden at Canons Ashby 

The garden provides plenty of space for the family to have a great day out and enjoy the fresh air. You can also stretch your legs with one of the walks in the wider grounds.

Lyveden manor in the autumn sunshine
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The garden at Lyveden 

Explore the garden to discover all its highlights, including the orchard and the labyrinth.

Places to eat in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire

Enjoy a light lunch, cup of tea or cake with views of gardens or a historic church.

A child enjoying a scone with jam and cream inside a café
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Eating at Canons Ashby 

Grab a bite to eat in the tea-room, and find a souvenir to remember your visit in the Coach House shop. Head to the old brewhouse where you will now find a second-hand bookshop.

Girl serving coffee in a cafe
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Eating at Lyveden 

Visit the Grade I-listed Manor to find the recently opened café serving light meals, sandwiches, drinks and cakes.

Family-friendly places to visit in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire

Visitors in the garden in May at Tredegar House, South Wales
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Family-friendly things to do at Canons Ashby 

Discover family-friendly activities and days out with the kids at Canons Ashby, including nature trails, wild play and school holiday events.

Visitors at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire
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Family-friendly things to do at Lyveden 

From making friends with a bug to adventures in the great outdoors, there's something for everyone at Lyveden.

Get involved

Play a role in preserving and maintaining the history and nature for visitors at the places we look after.

Sunset over the house and garden at Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire
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Volunteer opportunities at Canons Ashby 

Find out more about volunteering opportunities at Canons Ashby and how you can join the team to play your part in looking after this historic family home.

Man pointing at a map outside a Shepherds Hut
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Volunteer opportunities at Lyveden 

Find out more about volunteering at Lyveden. By joining the team, you'll help bring to life the stories of this intriguing Elizabethan lodge.

A view of the north end of the cottage at Stoneywell, with the garden sloping upward to the right of the image and sunshine falling over the cottage.
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Volunteer opportunities at Stoneywell 

Volunteers are what make Stoneywell tick. From welcoming visitors to telling stories, driving the bus to pulling weeds, harvesting veg to taking photos - find out more about how you can join the team and play your part.

Visitors looking at the tulips in the garden at Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire
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Supporter groups in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire 

Find out about the supporter groups you can join in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. There are three to choose from: members enjoy social outings together like trips and tours, or lectures.

Sustainable Travel

Exterior view of Canons Ashby House and Church in spring
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Sustainable travel in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire 

There are a number of sustainable options for travelling to and from the places in our care in Leicestershire & Northamptonshire, whether you’re looking to travel by train, bus, bike or foot. Here’s a little more information that can help you plan your visit.

Upcoming events

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Snowdrop Stories trail 

Canons Ashby, near Daventry, Northamptonshire

Wander through Canons Ashby and discover what people have believed about these delicate and beautiful blooms through the years.

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21 Feb to 25 Feb 2024
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Robin's Wassail | family trail 

Lyveden, near Oundle, Northamptonshire

Join Robin on an adventure to discover the tradition of Wassailing and join our celebration of nature.

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21 Feb to 25 Feb 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
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Craft Thursday| Wild wassail crowns 

Lyveden, near Oundle, Northamptonshire

Every Wassail king or queen needs their own crown. Use nature materials to create your very own wild crown.

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22 Feb 2024
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11:00 to 15:00
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Meriel Tresham: the woman behind Sir Thomas | talk for International Women's Day 

Lyveden, near Oundle, Northamptonshire

Celebrate International Women's by discovering the strong woman who was the driving force behind Lyveden's success.

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7 Mar to 10 Mar 2024
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13:00 to 14:00
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Flower arranging drop-in workshop 

Stoneywell, Leicestershire

A special event for Mother's Day, join our volunteers in the cottage to make something special for Mum.

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10 Mar 2024
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10:00 to 15:00
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Easter egg hunt at Stoneywell 

Stoneywell, Leicestershire

This spring, treat the whole family to a world of adventure at Stoneywell on an Easter trail.

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22 Mar to 1 Apr 2024
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10:00 to 16:30
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Easter egg hunts at Canons Ashby 

Canons Ashby, near Daventry, Northamptonshire

This spring, treat the whole family to an outdoor adventure at Canons Ashby on our Easter trail.

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23 Mar to 14 Apr 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
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Easter Adventures at Lyveden 

Lyveden, near Oundle, Northamptonshire

Pull on your wellies and discover the wonders of Lyveden's orchard with this year's Easter trail.

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23 Mar to 7 Apr 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
+ 15 other dates or times
Family walking down the main drive with lady in a tramper at Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire - CTA crop only

Where will you visit next?

Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.