Houghton House Review

We were in Ampthill to do a review of Little City and decided to stop for lunch at Houghton House. I’d see it on the English Heritage website (affiliate link) and thought it seemed interesting. If you’ve not heard of it then Houghton House is the shell of a 17th century mansion. It’s kind of in the middle of nowhere but it was a lovely little stop off for lunch.

Houghton House Review, Ampthill, Bedfordshire | Free Time with the Kids

To get there you have to go down a little track and park in the small car park immediately BEFORE you get to the houses. Then you walk a few minutes down to the house itself. Almost all of the external walls of the ground floor are more-or-less still standing, so are the internal walls. There’s a little bit of basement but that’s it.

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The house itself isn’t huge but we had quite a lot of fun exploring the ruins, looking up all the chimneys to find the birds nests and MASSIVE spider’s webs. There’s some very good hide and seek games to be played here. There’s also a bit of a grass area at the back to have a play on or a picnic.

We were only there for about an hour, including lunch. I think if it was a nice day we could have been there for longer. You certainly couldn’t spend hours and hours there though. I believe there are various walks you can do from the car park.

It’s also a great place for photography as well. It’s quite atmospheric and interesting to look around.

Houghton House Review, Ampthill, Bedfordshire | Free Time with the Kids

Our Houghton House Review

It’s an interesting place to visit, and a nice place to have lunch. You won’t be here for that long, but if you’re in the area it’s a nice place to pop in to.


Entry is free

Parking / How to get there

Small on-site car park.

Address – Hazelwood Lane, Ampthill, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK45 2EZ


None on-site. There are various shops and pubs in town though.


Great spot for a picnic

Houghton House Review, Ampthill, Bedfordshire | Free Time with the Kids

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Hi, I’m Vicky. My husband and I live in Aylesbury with our three children; a 10 year old son, an 8 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I (mostly) love spending time together as a family. We visit all kinds of places and we’re quite happy to drive a fair distance for a decent day out. A few years ago I decided to set up Free Time with the Kids as a way to share our experiences of these family days out. You know, the essential information you need to know before your visit that can be surprisingly hard to find out. Where do I park? How much will it cost me to get in? Are there any discounts available? Are there loos? Can I take a picnic or get food? My aim is to be your go-to guide for all your free and cheap family days out across Bucks, Beds, Oxon, Herts & slightly beyond. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch contact@freetimewiththekids.com or get in touch via Facebook

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