For 900 years, Delapré Abbey has occupied this site in Northampton. The Abbey has witnessed royalty, battles and intrigue, technological innovations, world wars and dissolution. In the 1990s, Delapré began a quiet descent into dilapidation and ruin. The rooms were closed, the windows were shuttered and walls began to crumble as the stories and memories of the past dissolved to dust with them.
Now, four years after the culmination of a vital restoration programme, the Abbey is alive again, breathing new life into the stories of yesteryear, creating fresh memories and inviting you in to learn the secrets ingrained in the fabric of the Abbey.
Over 100 volunteers and supporters have worked alongside staff, conservators and craftspeople over the last 3 years to bring the Abbey back to life and ensure that it continues to be a vibrant community hub offering learning facilities as well a sustainable wedding and functions venue all set within beautiful gardens and public parkland.
As a Grade II* listed building, Delapré Abbey is within the top eight per cent of heritage properties in the UK, and is one of just 46 sites listed by Historic England as a registered battlefield.
Inside the Abbey there are 5 different, interactive storytelling zones to discover which reveal the fascinating history of the building from its life as a nunnery, witnessing the events of the Battle of Northampton unfold, to its heyday as a scandal-ridden Victorian country home.
Only 5 minutes from Northampton town centre but set within beautiful parkland, Delapre Abbey can cater for weddings from 5-500 guests in our stunning restored Victorian Bouverie rooms taking advantage of the views of the south lawn.
Now transformed into a luxury wedding and events venue, the Abbey boasts a number of elegant spaces for your celebration, with 8 beautifully restored licenced ceremony rooms that can also accommodate your wedding breakfast and evening party, there is something to suit everyone.
They don’t offer set packages at Delapre Abbey, they understand that your day should be unique and their dedicated events team are available to ensure that the day is tailored to your individual needs as they know that no two weddings are ever the same.
Their chefs are happy to discuss your catering needs and work with you to guarantee your wedding breakfast is everything you imagined and more.
The Abbey has a range of stunning photographic opportunities available – the walled garden, the parkland, the grand staircase, Victorian tiled hallway and for group shots the courtyard is sure to be a favourite.
Looking to start your special day in style? Delapre Abbey will also be offering rooms for the bridal party to get ready in, to be pampered with a glass of bubbly whilst putting those final touches to hair and make-up.