Houghton House

The remains of Houghton House.
The remains of Houghton House with the surrounding landscape.

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Ampthill, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK45 2EZ

Before You Go

Houghton House today is the shell of a 17th-century mansion commanding magnificent views, reputedly the inspiration for the ‘House Beautiful’ in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.

It was built around 1615 for Mary, Dowager Countess of Pembroke, in a mixture of Jacobean and Classical styles: the ground floors of two Italianate loggias survive, possibly the work of Inigo Jones.

Information panels describe the house, its owners and the surrounding hunting estate. 

Before You Go

Parking: Parking is available.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

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The sunrise through the conservatory at Witley Court.

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