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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 Garden Lodge surrounded by long grass in the summer.
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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
Visitors walking along a grass path through the garden at Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire. There are summer flowers in bloom on the right and neatly clipper topiary can be seen in the background with the house behind.
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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
A view of the cottage at Stoneywell on a sunny day with red flowers blooming in the foreground and blue skies above
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Stoneywell 

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

Leicestershire

Fully open today
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.

A long distance view of canons Ashby House and the Priory Church with the formal gardens in bloom for summer including hedges and mixed colours
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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.

A brown meadow butterfly sits on a purple thistle in a meadow at Stoneywell, Leicestershire.
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Summer in the garden at Stoneywell 

From a show-stopping rhododendron collection to an 11-acre woodland, find out what you can see in Stoneywell's colourful garden here.

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.

Child crawling in front of daffodils
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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.

The garden at Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire in February, with neatly trimmed topiary trees and a sundial in the middle of the path, with steps leading up to further gardens and the house beyond
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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.

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Flutterby butterfly trail 

Canons Ashby, near Daventry, Northamptonshire

As the weather warms up, delight in Canons Ashby’s ‘Flutterby Butterfly’ summer trail, running from late May until early September.

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12 Jul to 8 Sep 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
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Summer of Play at Stoneywell 

Stoneywell, Leicestershire

Bursting with energy and adventure, enjoy a summer of play at Stoneywell.

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13 Jul to 2 Sep 2024
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10:00 to 16:45
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Foraging workshop (Three hour session) 

Lyveden, near Oundle, Northamptonshire

Discover seasonal wild foods and learn to forage safely while still leaving plenty of Mother Earth's bounty for nature.

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13 Jul 2024
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11:00 to 14:00
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Foraging Workshop (One and a half hour session) 

Lyveden, near Oundle, Northamptonshire

Discover seasonal wild foods and learn to forage safely while still leaving plenty of Mother Earth's bounty for nature.

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14 Jul 2024
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11:00 to 12:30
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Guided visits to Priory Church and medieval Stew Ponds 

Canons Ashby, near Daventry, Northamptonshire

Find out more about the medieval history of Canons Ashby with a guided visit to the church, and then to the restored medieval stew ponds: an area not accessible to the public without a guide. There are 20 spaces on this walk to sign up on the day.

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18 Jul to 26 Sep 2024
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14:00 to 14:45
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Purcell and a Picnic, with Eboracum Baroque 

Canons Ashby, near Daventry, Northamptonshire

Eboracum Baroque are delighted to return to the beautiful gardens of Canons Ashby for a programme of music featuring works by Henry Purcell, using historic musical instruments.

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20 Jul 2024
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18:00 to 19:45
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Free family activites | Summer of Lyveden 

Lyveden, near Oundle, Northamptonshire

Get out and about this summer with a new, free self-led activity each week.

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22 Jul to 30 Aug 2024
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10:00 to 17:00
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Outdoor Tuesday | Summer holidays 

Lyveden, near Oundle, Northamptonshire

Get outdoors and have fun this summer with meadow sweeping, pond dipping, archery and more.

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23 Jul to 27 Aug 2024
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11:00 to 15:30
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Visitors exploring the sand dunes and the woodland at Formby, Liverpool

Where will you visit next?

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