Whether travelling for business or getting away from home for a break, Northampton has a serious amount to offer, both in beautiful rural countryside in the East Midlands, and a wealth of unique experiences that you’ll never forget. If you want to see Northampton but don’t know what you’re in for, take some ideas from this article for your next trip!
For historic architecture, there’s nothing better, more impressive, or more historically important than The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a building that dates back to the year 1110, and one of the few buildings in Northampton that avoided destruction from the Great Fire of Northampton in 1675. The church imitates its namesake building in Jerusalem, and is one of four round churches that exist in England today.
No town or city is complete without its culture, and Northampton is no different. The town’s cultural quarter hosts a variety of tourist attractions and places of interest, and benefits from a “rebranding” that took place in 2013 that has seen local bars, salons, restaurants and fashion boutiques pop up and thrive in what is now a trendy, chic and beloved part of the town. Mixing both historic landmarks and new businesses, the Cultural Quarter is a must-see for anyone exploring the town.
Royal & Derngate
A proud and historic building, the Royal & Derngate is a theatre complex housed in the Cultural Quarter that won Theatre of the Year in 2010. The space is used for both theatrical performances, like The Railway Children and Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker, to comedy acts like John Bishop and Stewart Lee, to musical and dance performances too. An architecturally intricate building with contemporary performances that really showcases Northampton’s unique charm and mix of old-and-new.
Brampton Valley Way
Keen to stretch your legs? The Brampton Valley Way makes the best use of Northampton’s Victorian transport heritage by turning disused railway track into a walkway and cycle path that connects Market Harborough and Northampton itself. The route is 14 miles long with various access points, so it’s possible to start anywhere along the route, or take a long walk out from Northampton and get a ride back! Part of the route runs parallel to the Northampton & Lamport Railway, that offers a mix of steam diesel trains that run along 1-and-a-half miles of track. So don’t forget to pack your walking shoes or – if you want to make sure you can do the whole track in a day – you can rent a bike at Pitsford Cycles in Northampton’s Brixworth Country Park.
Gardens & Lakes
Northampton is renowned for its lakes and green spaces. Stanwick Lakes and Brixworth Country Park both boast incredible bodies of water and are the best relaxation method if you’re looking to get away from buildings and people. Abington Park is also a fantastic area to unwind and take in the lakes and scenery without having to journey too far from Northampton town.
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