Set in the East Midlands countryside, Northampton is dotted with grand architecture and ancient churches. The town has rich history from the Wars of the Roses and the English Civil War, as well as Norman churches and a shoemaking legacy.
Things to do in Northampton
Built in the 1800s, Northampton's iconic Guildhall is decorated with elaborate carvings of patron saints, monarchs and British luminaries. Snap a photo of its beautiful neo-gothic facade. You can also day trip to Delapre Abbey, a neo-classical mansion set in picturesque grounds.
There's no better place to discover the town's flourishing shoemaking industry than the Northampton Museum & Art Gallery. More than 150 years old, it houses fascinating displays on the history of footwear. It's located in the town's Cultural Quarter, where you'll also find traditional English pubs.
Now a Grade I-listed heritage building, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre dates back to the Crusades. It's one of England's only surviving round churches and hosts regular Sunday worship services. In addition to its unique circular shape, it has a trio of stunning Norman windows that filter sunlight into the nave.
For a breath of fresh air, spend the day at Barnes Meadow Nature Reserve. The park is strewn with lush grasslands and wetlands that serve as an important habitat for local birdlife. Nearby Sywell Country Park is another popular green space, with grassy meadows and a colourful butterfly garden.
Getting around Northampton
Northampton is easy to get around on foot, with most major sites and attractions within walking distance. It's serviced by rail connections, with trains running to both London and Birmingham in around one hour. Northampton Railway Station is around one kilometre west of the town centre.