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Meet the animals of Althorp…

The latest exhibition gives an insight into the life of the furry friends at one of our fave stately home...

Our favourite stately home presents a new and unique opportunity to discover the never-previously-told story of its many animals and the undeniable mark they left upon the Spencer Family’s history. We love animals here at Muddy so can already guess that Althorp would be a bit of a lonely place without a few furry pals hanging around. Fancy meeting the historic House’s lesser-known residents?

The new exhibition takes you on an intriguing tour through the house with an Animals of Althorp guided map, highlighting key exhibition pieces through the House’s State Rooms including a number of original portraits, artworks and antiques. There’s even a collection of artefacts situated in the Stables Courtyard; fittingly once home to the Spencer Family horses.

The Spencers arrived with their flocks of sheep in this rich grazing land in 1486, and built their home there in 1508. Since then, the verdant pastures and woodlands of oak have been the backdrop to their lives and home to many animals, including the black fallow deer that have roamed the park since the fifteenth century, and which remain the Spencers’ closest neighbours to this day.

The exhibition can be enjoyed throughout Althorp House opening season – 1st July to 31st August. Make a day of it by packing a picnic and dining out in the dedicated woodland area. House tickets include entry to the Animals of Althorp exhibit, the ground and the state rooms.



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