Princess Diana’s childhood home will be open to the public next month

Princess Diana’s childhood home, Althorp House, will be open to the public next month as it hosts a brand new exhibition.

The estate in Northamptonshire will launch the Animals of Althorp exhibition for guests to find out more about the Spencer home and the family’s love of animals.

Among the artefacts and artwork on show will be a portrait of Diana’s cat, Marmalade, drawn by renowned Polish society artist Aniela Pawlikowska.

Visitors will also get an exclusive tour of the property, including the grounds and state rooms, which has been the Spencer family home since 1508. The grounds also boast 28 listed buildings and structures – very fancy.

A statement on the official website reads: ‘Animals are as much a part of the Spencer family’s history as the iconic house itself.

‘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 will be open from 1st July – 31st August 2019 and an adult ticket costs £18.50.

Guests are also welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy their sandwiches in the dedicated woodland outdoor dining area, which sounds – weather permitting – like an absolutely lovely way to spend a weekend this summer.

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