Unplanned Preservation

After the death of the 2nd Duke, the House passed through the female line to noble families whose main residences were elsewhere. The Dukedom of Montagu became extinct and for two centuries, the House ‘slept’.

However in the 20th century it once again became a beloved family home, the residence of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, a descendant of the Montagus.

Today, the House continues to be a great favourite of visitors looking for peace, elegance and the expression of man’s pursuit of cultural excellence.

Boughton has featured in history and arts programmes, such as ‘Treasure Houses of Britain’, presented by Selina Scott and an American Aristocrat’s Guide to Great Estates: as well as appearing in the Oscar winning “Les Misérables”.

House Tours

The Buccleuch Collection

You can enjoy several centuries of art connoisseurship in Boughton House which forms part of the world renowned Buccleuch Collection.   Here the impressive collection includes treasures from across the decorative arts spectrum, including paintings by El Greco, Van Dyck and Gainsborough, exceptional French furniture by the master cabinetmaker André-Charles Boulle, alongside delicate Sèvres porcelain, Mortlake tapestries and 16th century rugs from the Middle East.

Exhibition

Previous Exhibitions

Previous exhibitions at Boughton House have highlighted various aspects and themes of the collection for visitors to enjoy.  From the fascinating history of the Huguenots to Duchess Elizabeth’s passion for opera.  These records tell an interesting story.

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