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Out & About

The Talbot Hotel, Eatery & Coffee House – New Street, Oundle, Northamptonshire, PE8 4EA 01832 273621

Out & About in Oundle

A travellers guide to Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire is bursting with culture, history and attractions for families or couples,
In addition to this page there are a range of leaflets and brochures available at the reception desk

Burghley House

Burghley House

Built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587, the main part of the House has 35 major rooms on the ground and first floors.

There are more than 80 lesser rooms and numerous halls, corridors, bathrooms and service areas. The lead roof extends to three quarters of an acre, restoration and rebuilding of which began in 1983 and took nearly ten years to complete. Visitor facilities include the Orangery restaurant, gift shop, gardens and beautiful walks around the historic parkland laid out by Capability Brown and still occupied by a herd of fallow deer.

History can come alive in a single trip whether it is to enjoy a guided tour, take a dog for a walk in the park, take the children to paddle, see the teddy bear’s picnic in the gardens of surprise or take time over lunch in the Orangery.


House and The Gardens of Surprise
 Entrance FeeGift Aid 
Adults£13.50£15.00Buy Tickets
Children (3-15 years)£6.70£7.50Buy Tickets
Seniors/Students£12.00£13.20Buy Tickets
Family (2 adults & 3 children)£38.00£42.00Buy Tickets
The Gardens of Surprise
 Entrance FeeGift Aid 
Adults£8.00£9.00Buy Tickets
Children (3-15 years)£5.30£6.00Buy Tickets
Seniors/Students£6.70£7.50Buy Tickets
Family (2 adults & 3 children)£26.00£29.00Buy Tickets


Fotheringhay Castle

Fotheringhay Castle

After the manor came into the possession of Edward III he passed it to his son Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York, founder of the Yorkist line. The castle then became the home of the Dukes of York. Richard III was born there in 1452, and his father, Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York was re-buried at the nearby church in 1476. His wife, Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, was later interred in the same tomb. The tomb opposite contains the body of Edward, the 2nd Duke of York, who was killed at the Battle of Agincourt.

Fotheringhay is also where Mary, Queen of Scots, was tried and beheaded in 1587, and her body lay there for some months before its burial at Peterborough Cathedral and then to internment in Westminster Abbey. Although it is often said that James I destroyed the castle because his mother was killed there, the facts are rather more prosaic; it fell into such disrepair that it had to be pulled down, and the stones were all taken to be used in other buildings. Local legend has it that the staircase from the Castle is now in the Talbot Hotel in Oundle.

Rockingham Castle

Rockingham Castle

This remarkable castle, built on the instruction of William the Conqueror, has been the Watson family's home for 450 years. Prior to the Watson’s ownership the Castle was held by the crown. There are very few other homes that have been continuously occupied for nearly 1000 years and within that time been owned by just one family since being relinquished as a royal Castle. This is a particularly extraordinary aspect of Rockingham’s long and fascinating story. The Castle is now home to James Saunders Watson, his wife Elizabeth and their children, all of whom enjoy the Castle.

Opening Times & Ticketing


From 5th April to the end of May: Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays

June to 29th September: Tuesdays, Sundays & Bank Holiday Mondays

Open 12 noon – 5pm. Grounds open at 12 noon. Castle opens at 1pm

Adults £10.50, Children (5 – 16) £6.00. There is no charge for children aged 4 and under.

Family Ticket (2+2) £27.00.

Rutland Water

Rutland Water

This internationally famous nature reserve is managed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust in partnership with Anglian Water  and provides one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in Great Britain, regularly holding in excess of 25,000 waterfowl.

It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, designated as a European Special Protection Area and internationally recognised as a globally important wetland RAMSAR site.

For more information visit their website:

Hamerton Zoo Park

Hamerton Zoo Park

The Zoo Park was opened as a conservation sanctuary in 1990. It is set in 15 acres of parkland providing a safe home for a fascinating array of beautiful creatures from around the world. The Park specialises in rare , endangered and unusual animals, with over a hundred different species. Some you will not be able to see anywhere else in the country, and some you may never even have heard of.

Come into direct contact, supervised of course, with some of our tamest and most approachable animals. These could be baby Owls, giant Millipedes and Land Snails from Africa, or friendly snakes like the Boa Constrictor, who love to meet their admirers. Find out more about the animals at keeper-talk sessions at feeding time.

General Information:


  • Large free Coach & Car Park
  • Coffee Shop
  • Gift Shop
  • Picnic Areas - outdoor and undercover
  • Children's Play Area
  • Sorry no dogs


Nene Valley Railway

Nene Valley Railway

The Nene Valley Railway has only been operating since 1977 but the line once formed part of an important cross-country route from East Anglia to the Midlands. It was originally opened in 1845 and was closed to passengers by British Railways in 1966.

For timetable and info visit their website:

Elton Hall

Elton Hall

Elton Hall stands in the midst of unspoilt landscaped parkland, on a site where there has been a house since the Norman Conquest. Sir Peter Proby, Lord Mayor of London and Comptroller of the Royal Household, was granted land and property at Elton by Queen Elizabeth I. His grandson, Sir Thomas Proby, completed the main house in 1666, incorporating the medieval chapel and gatehouse. In the eighteenth century John Proby was created the first Earl of Carysfort in recognition of his services as a politician and diplomat. He and his successors enlarged the house and gave it the eighteenth century character that it has today.

Opening Times

Hall and Gardens: 2pm - 5pm


May Bank Holiday:

Sunday and Monday, 24th and 25th May

June and July

Wednesdays & Thursdays


Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays. August Bank Holiday, Monday 31st

Prices (cash or cheque only)

Hall & Gardens                    

Adult: £9.00 Senior Citizen: £8.00                

Gardens only                      

Adult: £6.50 Senior Citizen: £6.00                             


Children under 16 are free when accompanied by an adult

(Please note, Hall only is the same price as Hall and Gardens)

Barnwell Country Park

Barnwell Country Park

Located in the heart of the Nene Valley, Barnwell Country Park has 15 hectares of lakes, riverbank and meadows to explore, close to the historic market town of Oundle. With three way marked waterside trails, numerous picnic spots, a wealth of wildlife and facilities, it is a great place for a family day out.

Key Information

  • Open all day, every day  
  • Free admission
  • Parking
    • £3.00 on Sundays and Bank Holidays April to August inclusive
    • £2.70 at all other times
    • Car park open all day, every day 
    • Annual parking permits available
    • Blue badge holder parking areas situated near to accessible toilets (pay and display charge applies)
    • Motorhomes may pay and display during day time, no overnight parking
  • Toilets
    • 8:30am to 6:00pm daily


Southwick Hall

Southwick Hall

Southwick Hall comprises architecture of many centuries, notably the 14th, 16th, 18th and 19th. Although altered many times, the house still retains much of its original medieval layout, and as the local limestone and Collyweston slates have been used throughout, the various styles blend harmoniously.

Opening Times

  • Monday 6th April 2015, Monday 25th May 2015 & Monday 31st August 2015
    • 2.00pm-5.00pm. Last admission 4.30pm.
  • There will be free admission on Sunday September 13th from:
    2.00pm-5.00pm. for Heritage Open Day.
  • Groups at other times by arrangement.


  • Adults £7, Children £3.50

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