image for Historic Site item typeHoughton House

Historic Site

Address

Ampthill,
Bedford,
Bedfordshire,
MK45 2

Details

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.

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Opening details

Please see website for further details.

Directions

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Map reference: TL 040391  Lat: 52.04058 Long: -0.48394

By Road:
From the A418 : One mile north of Amptill, 8 miles south of Bedford.

Facilities

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