Boughton House ready to open for the summer

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The pictureseque grounds of Boughton House will soon be open to all-comers as the Duke prepares to unlock the gates for another summer.

The Duke of Buccleuch will be opening the grounds of the Grade I listed home later this summer from Wednesday, August 1, to Saturday, August 31, giving the public the opportunity to tour its expansive grounds and peer through the family home.

House manager Charles Lister said: “Boughton has one of the finest collections of art in the world with all the top names from the art world of the 17th and 18th centuries, including sketches by Van Dyke and portraits by Gainsborough.”

The house is located near Weekly, and visitors will be able to spend the day wandering through 22 rooms of fine art, containing over 400 paintings alongside tapestries and royal quality furniture.

People will can also go on a guided tour around the arounds where the likes of Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe recently filmed scenes for the big screen adaptation of Les Miserables.

Mr Lister added: “We’ve had a lot of interest in the filming at the house, with people looking round and asking where the stars were filming in the grounds so they could go and have a look.

“For every person there’s something different. You can spend the day in our rooms of art, look through our weapons or go out into the gardens.”

Boughton House also showcases many weapons and armour dating back over 500 years and originating from all over the globe, including the Sword of Ramillies worn to battle by the Duke of Marlborough.

The home’s expansive gardens have undergone constant recreation and offer several features to explore including the Orpheus project which was shown on of Alan Tichmarsh’s BBC Program Garden Secrets.

The summer opening at the house usually attracts scores of people.

Visitors will be able to enter the grounds from 2pm to 4pm, with the estate closing at 5pm, and can enjoy guided tours from Monday to Friday with self-guided tours at the weekend.

Tickets cost £10 per adult, £7 per child or a family ticket at £25.

To book tickets or for more information call Boughton House at 01536 515731 or visit www.boughtonhouse.org.uk