Althorp (Northampton) Reviews
Description:Princess Diana's family home.
Newest Review: ... at manipulation, perhaps racing through Paris with her seat belt off to induce a chance with the paparazzi not that wisest in hindsight. She needed the positive pictures to grow her ego and the press had to get those pictures. Both parties got carried away with only one result. As far as her burial goes there is a dark rumor going around these parts that she isn't buried on the island incase ... more
Customer Althorp (Northampton) Reviews (6)
by - written on 06/03/13, updated on 06/03/13 (Very useful, 84 readings)
My earliest memories of Princes Diana were as a tweenager at Northamptonshire County Cricket Club where the family were the patrons and a little Diana with pigtails and hula hoop would play cricket and catch with her dad and brother on the outfield at the intervals. At that time nobody knew she would be the world's most famous woman, of course, but even then she had a flirty side as she would do ballet moves in front of the camera guys from the local paper. Every girl wants to be a princess. I think I caught her out once at long on when I joined in the game. Can't be sure though. The Spencer's - even back then - were an extremely important family in the ... Read the complete review
by - written on 28/08/11, updated on 24/08/13 (Very useful, 239 readings)
After suggesting a visit to Althorp to my mother, we thought about the best time to visit. Althorp is only open to the public from July 31 to August 31 every year. A weekday? No, too many HGV's on the M1 and if we wanted to take the direct route through London the Congestion Charge would be in force too. A Saturday? We both had other things to do. We plumped for a Sunday. There should be less traffic driving through central London, and possibly less motorway congestion too, not to mention that Sunday's are free from the Congestion Charge. I was aware a Hyde Park cycle event was planned for that day, so I duly surfed the net. The only problem mentioned was a ... Read the complete review
by - written on 16/08/06 (Very useful, 226 readings)
This year for the first time I visited Althorp to see the last resting place of Diana, Princess of Wales. I found the whole set up very tasteful, not at all commercialised. The shop did not stock a great amount of souvenirs, the ones that were on sale were not the usual tourist tacky stuff, but rather more tasteful. There was a cafe where refreshments were available at reasonable prices. The grounds were well kept, and the staff were all very helpful, answering questions about the house etc. It was good to visit the exhibitions of Diana's clothes, but I have to say they looked nowhere as good in the displays as they did when she wore them. I was ... Read the complete review
by - written on 01/02/01, updated on 01/02/01 (Very useful, 89 readings)
A friend and I visited Althorp for the Princess Diana memorial the first summer that it was opened to the public. We both wanted to go there for the opportunity to pay our respects to Diana, lay some flowers and then go home. Unfortunately, in order to do this we first of all had to take a tour through Althorp house, the gardens and a museum dedicated to Diana. I cannot deny that the house and gardens are beautiful but at the end of the day we were there for one reason and one reason only, Diana. The museum was lovely and in some ways a fitting tribute to Diana because there was lots of footage being shown of the unfaltering work she did for many ... Read the complete review
by - written on 10/01/01, updated on 22/05/02
I worked at Althorpe house in 1998 to earn a few quid over the summer towards the bills. It was a about a year after the death of Diana and part of the reason I took the steward position was to see if the mass hysteria that gripped the female and gay population had died away from that fateful bizarre day the previous year. The house itself has been neglected by her brother who now runs it since the late 80s when it was heavily in debt like most country estates who hadn't been bailed out by The National Trust. The improvements are very commercial but in keeping with the splendor of the land and you cant say he went over the top to "cash in" on the families and a ... Read the complete review
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