Northampton

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Walk the streets of this charming town and soak up its history, architecture and culture before heading out into the nearby countryside.

Sitting amid Northamptonshire’s abounding natural beauty, Northampton is a vibrant, historic and picturesque town. Visit this cultural hub to discover ancient roads, impressive churches, modern museums and a thriving arts scene.

Northampton was completely destroyed by a great fire in 1675. When it was rebuilt it was done so in a much more open-plan style than was usually seen in England. The result is an attractive town which centers around the spacious Market Square at its heart. Begin your explorations here and then venture off to discover Northampton’s great appeal.

Go in search of the town’s impressive churches. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a unique architectural gem dating back to 1110 and mirroring the original in Jerusalem. It is one of only a handful of round churches in the country. Visit, too, the Grade I listed All Saints’ Church.

Look for buildings such as Hazelrigg House and Welsh House which survived the great fire. The latter was built in 1595 by Welsh cattle farmers. Discover the ancient craft of boot, shoe and leather manufacturing at the Central Museum and Art Gallery. The once major industry plays an important role in the town’s heritage. You can see items such as David Beckham’s football boots and Queen Victoria’s slippers here.

There are numerous high quality museums to visit, including 78 Derngate, an architectural masterpiece by the late Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Visit the rooms he designed and feel his creativity. Housed in a 15th-century manor house, Abington Park Museum offers beautiful grounds and a fascinating collection of military, natural history and cultural exhibits.

When it comes to culture, Northampton puts on a good show. The Royal Theatre, which dates to 1884, is one of the country’s most prominent companies and is today comprised of a theatre and film house.

Northampton is well served by public transportation and offers plenty of parking too. Fly into one of the nearby airports, which includes Birmingham Airport and East Midlands Airport. There are good links to London and its airports too.

Top hotels in Northampton

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Northampton
Hilton Northampton
4 out of 5
100 Watering Lane, Collingtree, Northampton, England
HK$439
per night
Mar 20 - Mar 21

Located in the heart of Northampton, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Collingtree Park Golf Club and within 6 miles (10 km) of University of Northampton and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (622 reviews)

"This property has a sauna and steam room and indoor pool, but no elevator or gift shop. But the staff more than makes up for it. Exceptional customer service, from reception to the bar to the staff! Everyone works to ensure you have a comfortable stay. Nothing is to hard or trivial."…"

Reviewed on 2 Feb 2020

Hilton Northampton
Holiday Inn Express Northampton - South
Holiday Inn Express Northampton - South
3.5 out of 5
Loake Close Grange Park, Northampton, England
Free cancellation
HK$321
per night
Mar 13 - Mar 14

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Collingtree Park Golf Club and within 6 miles (10 km) of University of Northampton and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (676 reviews)

"Stayed at the holiday inn with my two children and two dogs, brilliant service from start to end. I would definitely stay again."…"

Reviewed on 4 Feb 2020

Holiday Inn Express Northampton - South
Hotel Campanile Northampton
Hotel Campanile Northampton
3 out of 5
Junction15 - M1, Loake Close, Grange Park, Northampton, England
HK$280
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Situated in Northampton, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Collingtree Park Golf Club and within 6 miles (10 km) of University of Northampton and Northampton ...

4.1/5Very Good! (694 reviews)

"Within reach by public transport near tow centre very clean and modern"…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020

Hotel Campanile Northampton

Popular things to do in Northampton

78 Derngate
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78 Derngate

The style and décor of this modernist building is the work of one of Scotland’s most renowned architects. Venture inside the building to learn more through museum exhibitions. 

Top activities in Northampton

World Rugby Hall of Fame
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World Rugby Hall of Fame

HK$61

Visit: World Rugby Hall of Fame, Little Elborow Street, Rugby CV21 3BZ England Experience rugby's legends and the moments that defined the sport at the state-of-the-art World Rugby Hall of Fame, in Rugby town - the birthplace of the game.

Operation City Quest of Northampton
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Operation City Quest of Northampton

HK$78

Using an app on your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 120 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll explore the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

Axe Throwing
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Axe Throwing

HK$260

golf

Thai traditional massage
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Thai traditional massage

HK$560

Itinerary Experience a massage treatment of their choice. Thai traditional is one example. Traditional Thai massage is always completed with the client fully-clothed, wearing loose comfortable clothing, such as wearing a long-sleeved t-shirt and trousers made from soft fabric.

Residential fitness reboot
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Residential fitness reboot

HK$4,086

If you opt for a 5 or 7 day option we will visit Twinwoods Activity Centre as part of the extended package. Does not apply to 3 day packages.

Warwick Castle Tickets
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Warwick Castle Tickets

HK$116

Experience 1,100 years of Great British history in one of England's finest medieval fortresses. Soaring into 2019 is the UK's largest Bird of Prey show; The Falconer's Quest. Search the skies overhead as free flying Birds of Prey take flight in an all action, dynamic display of aerial acrobatics.

Reviews of Northampton

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
41
5 - Excellent 23.163841807909606%
4 - Good
71
4 - Good 40.112994350282484%
3 - Okay
54
3 - Okay 30.508474576271187%
2 - Disappointing
10
2 - Disappointing 5.649717514124294%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.5649717514124294%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 13, 2020

It was bigger than we thought The bus staff was a bit unfriendly

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 26, 2020

The town was nice & friendly

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 6, 2020

The hotel is near Northampton but we never visited there so we can't comment.

4/5 - Good

Nik

Jan 1, 2020

Good lively town.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 1, 2020

Charging a £50pounds fee no good and the hotel needs work on it an some renewvation \ renovation don’t know seethe point for charge to use bar an restaurant that’s the story. I was sold but as I say hotel wasn’t all that to be surcharging

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 23, 2019

I come here often from London as my family and a lot of my friends live here.