Northampton (England)Northamptonshire, and is one of the largest settlements in the UK not to be a city. It is located approximately halfway between the cities of Birmingham and London.
By carIf you're driving in, you'll find that Northampton is well connected by road with many distribution companies being based in and around the town. The M1 motorway passes right through South Northamptonshire, and from here it is about 15 minutes to the town centre. Junctions 15, 15A, and 16 all serve the town.
By busAlternatively, National Express offer coach services across the country from Greyfriars bus station in the town centre. A branch of Grand Union Canal passes directly through Northampton, so if you own a boat, it's easy enough to get to town over water.
By trainNorthampton Station offers frequent train links from Birmingham and London every 30 minutes most times of the day with trains operated by London Midland.
The trains to Birmingham New Street cost £11.50 for a one way ticket, and due to the unusual pricing system a return ticket is £11.60. Tickets to London Euston cost £22.80 for a one way ticket, although you might want to opt for a return ticket, as that will cost you only £22.90.
The railway station is located approximately 15 minutes walk from the town centre and has frequent buses passing the site. Taxis are also available from outside the station.
By planeThe nearest airports to Northampton are Birmingham, East Midlands, and London Luton Airport in Luton. There are rail and bus links from London, home of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports.
The most common way of getting around is by car, but on Saturdays expect queues because of the football and rugby games that go on.
Northampton also offers a comprehensive bus service. The two main operators in the town are Stagecoach Northampton and First Northampton. Service tends to be more patchy on Sundays; however, Monday to Saturday the bus is a viable method of transportation around the town.
Stagecoach Northampton also offer a number of regional bus routes to the outlying villages and towns in Northamptonshire making exploring small towns like Bugbrooke possible.
Northampton has a number of attractions:
GuildhallA classic neo-gothic styled building built in 1861 by Edward William Godwin. It now houses the Northampton Borough Council offices.
Northampton Museum and Art GalleryA collection of artifacts from Northamptons past with particular homage to the shoe industry that caused the town to first boom.
The Express Lifts Towerin St James. A 418ft tall tower used for testing lifts.
address: 78 DerngateThe only house outside of Scotland to be designed by world-famous architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The House has been beautifully restored and is now a museum. Guided tours are available and there is also a small restaurant. Advanced booking is advised.
Delapré AbbeyThe 10th-century Monastery belonged to the congregation of the great Abbey of Cluny in Burgundy, France. The abbey was originally named Abbey of St Mary de la Pré, or literally "The Abbey of St Mary in the Meadow". At the end of the main dive up to the estate, lies one of the three remaining Eleanor Crosses left in Northamptonshire. The abbey was founded in 1145 by Earl Simon de Senlis during the reign of King Stephen and is well worth a visit.
phone: +44 1604 702031address: Hunsbury Hill Road, Camp Hill, NN4 9UW
phone: +44 1604 820327address: Pitsford Road, Chapel Brampton, NN6 8BA
Althorpstately home and estate, where Princess Diana is buried.
address: Franklin's Gardens, Weedon Rd, NN5 5BGA top-flight rugby union team.
address: PTS Academy Stadium, Upton Way, NN5 5QAPlay soccer in League Two, the fourth tier of English football.
address: Abington Avenue, NN1 4PRNorthamptonshire CCC were promoted in 2019 and now play in Division One of the County Championship.
Watch a play at Northampton's jointly run theatre:
phone: +44 1604 624811 (box office)address: 19-21 Guildhall Rd, NN1 1DP
Each August the town hosts the Northampton Balloon Festival at Billing Aquadrome.
Both the Grosvenor Centre and Market Walk shopping centres have entrances from this street.
phone: +44 1604 637268address: 2 Union St, NN1 2EW
phone: +44 1604 233034address: Horse Market, NN1 2DP
phone: +44 1604 838444address: Market Square, NN1 2DLOne of the oldest in the country and operates daily out of Market Square, just off The Drapery and Abington Street.
phone: +44 1604 232111address: 1 College St, NN1 2QFOffers cheap meals from around £7 a head.
phone: +44 1604 821251address: Harlestone Rd, Lower Harlestone, NN7 4EWPub offers good pub fare at a reasonable price of around £18 a head.
phone: +44 1604 870033address: Newport Pagnell Rd, Horton, NN7 2APOffers fine, French styled cuisine for around £54 a head.
Caffe D'Italiaphone: +44 1604 620090address: 5 Fish Street, NN1 2AAGreat little Italian cafe with friendly staff. Lovely Italian-style sandwiches and cakes too.
For alternative music, pubs along the Wellingborough Road cater for grunge, punk and rock with local acts performing on Friday nights.
phone: +44 1604 739988address: Silver St, NN1 2TASituated in the town centre, within walking distance of Northhampton's rail and bus station as well as easy access to major business parks and high street shopping.
phone: +44 1142 583811address: Chapel Brampton
phone: +44 1604 739955address: Fir Tree Walk, NN3 3DSThe hotel was built in 1914 as the home of local shoe manufacturer William Sears. The original fireplace, bay windows and architectural mouldings form a picturesque backdrop for excellent cuisine and carefully selected wines. Located in peaceful gardens 10 minutes from the M1.
Northamptonshire Police switchboard is 0300 011 1222 for non-emergency calls, or as recently implemented 101.
- Stoke Bruerne is also located halfway between Northampton and Milton Keynes on the canal and offers a picturesque escape from Northampton.
- Trains also depart at regular intervals from Northampton railway station for every possible destination in the country using either Milton Keynes Railway Station, London Stations or Birmingham New Street as transit points.