Northampton is the county town of Northamptonshire. It is located halfway between the cities of Birmingham and London. Even though it is not a very large place there are still certain interesting things which you can see and do.
Guildhall is a classic neo-gothic style building that was built in 1861. It is now home to the Northampton Borough of Council offices and is located across from the Tourist Information office.
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery has a collection of artifacts from Northampton’s past.
Go to the Northampton Lift Tower for fantastic views. The 127-meter tower was opened in 1982 by the Queen. It is the only structure of its kind in the country.
78 Derngate is a museum that offers guided tours and has a small restaurant.
Abington Park Museum features artifacts that are relevant to both the town’s history and its place at the centre of the leather industry. Abington Park is loved by families for its ornamental gardens, tree-lined pathways, lakes and play areas.
Nature lovers enjoy the parkland surrounding Delapre Abbey. There are ornamental rock and water gardens, a walled garden with a sculpture trail, extensive woods and lakes. The abbey was founded in 1145 for a community of nuns from the great Abbey of Cluney in France.
Beckets Park curves around River Nene in the center of town. There is an 80-berth marina, a riverside walk, public art, play areas, tennis courts and a skate park. Every year there is an exciting river festival.
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery are located right in the heart of the town’s Cultural Quarter. It features one of the world’s finest collections of shoes. It reflects the town’s rich shoe-making history, has 15th to 18th century Italian paintings and British art.
There’s some nice shopping to be done along Abington Street which is the main pedestrian shopping area. Both the Grosvenor Centre and Peacock Place shopping centers have entrances from this street. St. Giles Street is one of the many little streets that criss crosses the town and has lots of small independent shops offering various different wares.
Northampton has one of the oldest and largest market squares in England. There are lots of wonderful Georgian buildings surrounding the square. The Market Square is often referred to as the heart of the town. All sorts of produce and other products are sold from Tuesday to Saturday.
While visiting Northampton you can also take a trip just outside of town to Althorp House to visit the final resting place of Princess Diana. Althrop House has lovely state rooms and sits on 550 acres of parkland.
Another peaceful and picturesque place to visit is Stoke Bruerne which is located halfway between Northampton and Milton Keynes on the canal.
If you are a sports fan you can watch some sport. Northampton Saints are a top rugby union team, the Cobblers play league two football and Northamptonshire plays cricket.
If you prefer you can see a play at Royal and Derngate two of Northampton’s jointly run main theatres.
Every August the town hosts the Northampton Balloon Festival. If you happen to visit in October there is St. Crispin’s Street Fair which features exciting attractions, children’s rides and rides for everyone like the Twister. There is also plenty of good food.
The town is has lots to offer and you can also find lots of peaceful parks in which to walk and relax where you can find ponds upon which ducks swim. Here you will feel great having gotten away from the hustle and bustle of the larger cities.