Northampton Local Information: 10 top things to know... more

  • 1. History of Northampton

    The settlement of Northampton dates back to Saxon times, and this is probably where its name came from.Northampton used to have a castle, on the site of the current train station. The town also has an underground maze of medieval tunnels and cellars, but these have been sealed off for safety reasons. Northampton’s Market Square is one of the oldest and largest market squares ...Read morein England and dates back to 1235. There are many historic buildings in this area dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Leather and shoemaking have been important industries throughout the town’s life. Read less

  • 2. Now in Northampton

    The Market Square is still an important part of the town, and busy markets are held here six days a week. Northampton is one of the largest towns in the UK. It is a popular place for holidaymakers wanting to enjoy the surrounding countryside and take part in outdoor activities. It is also popular for short-term breaks due to its fairly central location in the UK. Northampton ha...Read mores become a thriving centre for businesses due to its central location. Read less

  • 3. Events in Northampton

    Northampton International Raceway is an oval track for stock car racing, banger racing and other major racing events. Althorp Literary Festival takes place every year at the grand Althorp House in Northampton. The Merry Tom Folk Festival takes place at Brixworth Country Park and attracts visitors from all over the country. Northampton Balloon Festival is another annual event, t...Read moreaking place at the Billing Aquadrome holiday park. Public events take place regularly in Market Square, including a talent show and a dog show. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Northampton

    Althorp House is open to visitors and includes a park and gardens and plenty of rooms to explore, including the Spencer family’s apartments. There is furniture, paintings, photographs and ceramics on display. Award-winning exhibition Diana: A Celebration is also at Althorp House. Country parks in the Northampton area are Brixworth Country Park and Sywell Country Park.Northamp...Read moreton Museum and Art Gallery houses a famous shoe collection as well as many other exhibits and events. Historic house 78 Derngate was remodelled by famous designer and architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and is now an award-winning attraction, which includes an art gallery. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Northampton

    Abington Park Museum tells the history of life in the town and has costume collections and a display about the Northamptonshire Regiment. Parks in the town include Abington Park, Beckets Park, Bradlaugh Fields, Dallington Park and The Racecourse.

  • 6. Business in Northampton

    The Grosvenor Shopping Centre in Northampton has over 60 shops, as well as cafés and restaurants. Peacock Place is a two-level shopping centre housing many high street names. Market Square has stalls selling everything from fresh local produce to electrical goods and fashion.

  • 7. Transport in Northampton

    The M1 links Northampton to the north and south while major A-roads the A43, A45 and A46 link to the east and west. There are frequent trains to Northampton from Birmingham and London, and rail links are good to other destinations in the UK.

  • 8. Entertainment in Northampton

    The Castle is a theatre, cinema and arts centre in Wellingborough, on the outskirts of Northampton. Theatres in Northampton include Moulton Theatre, Royal and Derngate and The Deco. Venues for live music include the Roadmender and Northampton Soundhouse.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Northampton

    Althorp House and estate covers 14,000 acres of countryside. The house was built in 1508 and has been home to the Spencer family for nearly 500 years. It became famous around the world following the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales in August 1997.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Northampton

    Princess Diana is buried in the grounds of Althorp, on an island in a lake.

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