About Kettering


One of Kettering's most striking sights comes in the impressive shape of Boughton House. Originally a monastic building bought by Henry VIII's Lord Chief Justice, Sir Edward Montagu, before the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Boughton House was converted into a lavish manor house.

Successive generations of the Montagu dynasty created the house we see today whose architectural style is strongly influenced by French chateaux of the time - it is known as 'The English Versailles'. The house is set amid gloriously landscaped formal gardens and offers extremely lavish baroque interiors packed with antique furniture, fine art and ceramics.

Another building of interest in Kettering is the unusual Triangular Lodge, described as 'the purest folly in England'. Built by Sir Thomas Tresham at the end of the sixteenth century as a protest against his imprisonment for his Roman Catholic faith, all aspects of the lodge's construction are based around the number three to represent the Holy Trinity. It has three walls, three floors, three gables, even triangular windows and chimneys - a truly unique architectural achievement.

A very popular local visitor attraction in Kettering is Wicksteed Park, the oldest amusement park in the country. Established in 1916, this giant, 147 acre stretch of landscaped countryside plays host to both traditional and modern rides and leisure facilities. From a high-tech monorail and several rollercoasters, to tranquil boating lakes, beautiful ornamental gardens and even a large aviary, the park has much to offer visitors of all ages.