Heritage Britain

Northampton, Northamptonshire, England


A Historic Tour of Northampton

A Historic Tour of Northampton

Northampton

Northampton combines a rich heritage and distinguished history with all the energy and vigour of one of the fastest growing towns in the country. Located in the heart of England, halfway between London and Birmingham, the town offers visitors the highest quality and range of accommodation and a strong portfolio of places to see and visit.


Statues and carvings on the town’s magnificent Victorian Gothic Guildhall depict events and people in the town’s fascinating history. Other buildings of architectural interest include the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of only four Norman round churches remaining in England, and 78 Derngate a terraced house remodelled by the celebrated art-nouveau architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Fascinating glimpses of Northampton’s past can be seen on the Historic Town Trail, or find out more on a guided walk around the town centre.
In the past Northampton enjoyed a worldwide reputation as the centre of the English shoe industry. Today the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery in Guildhall Road boasts the largest museum collection of boots and shoes in the world and visitors can see shoe fashions across the centuries and the machines that made them.


Dating back to 1235, the town’s impressive Market Square has a bustling traditional market with over 260 stalls, ideal for browsing and bargain hunting. The Square leads off to vibrant pedestrian streets and shopping malls which have all the well-known names, as well as many specialist shops for those who are looking for something just that little bit different.
Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to entertainment. The elegant Royal Theatre, a gem of Victorian architecture is cleverly linked to the Derngate, a multifaceted entertainment centre.

The town also boasts a cosmopolitan range of café bars, pubs, restaurants and nightclubs. Annual events include the Music & Arts Festival (June), Northampton Balloon Festival (August), Heritage Open Days (September) and the St. Crispin Street Fun Fair (October).


Northampton is perfectly placed for exploring notable attractions nearby including Althorp (family home and burial place of Diana, Princess of Wales); Sulgrave Manor (home of the ancestors of George Washington) and Rockingham Castle.

For more Information please contact:
Northampton Visitor Centre
The Guildhall
St Giles Square
Northampton
NN1 1DE
Web:  www.northampton.gov.uk/tourism
Email:  tic@northampton.gov.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1604 838800
Fax: +44 (0)1604 604180

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