A local’s guide to Northampton
Northampton is a town rich with history, culture and vibrancy. With archaeology dating back to the bronze and Neolithic ages and a castle used as a stronghold that hosted royalty, Parliament and the Royal Treasury however the best part of Northampton is the culture quarter where you can immerse yourself in theatre, music, sport and more in stunning venues. Northampton is a great place to call home.
Northampton has something for everyone, it offers a perfect combination a bustling village town and peaceful countryside. At the heart of the town you’ll find an array of popular restaurants, cafés and bars serving delicious cuisine, along with canal walks and a traditional open-air market in the large square, set against a backdrop of beautiful architecture.
A ten minute drive takes you to Northampton’s centre with its lively high street, shopping centres and fast transport links to London and Birmingham. At the heart of the town you’ll find an array of popular restaurants, cafés and bars offering delicious cuisine including The Smoke Pit serving up tasty BBQ meats and burgers or if you have a craving authentic Italian food, head over to Nuovo or Sorrentino. After you finish a hearty meal take a walk along the canal and do some shopping at the traditional open-air market in the large square, set against a backdrop of beautiful architecture.
Northampton Transport Links
Castle Street mainline station is a short drive or cycle away with hourly trains to London’s Euston in under 80 minutes and Birmingham in 65 minutes. The easily accessed M1 is a direct link to London, Milton Keynes and central England. With your pick of Luton, Birmingham, Stansted and East Midlands airports, international travel is simple too.
Northampton is home to some of the best schools in country for both primary and secondary school education. Sir Christopher Hatton Academy, a secondary school accepting students from the ages of 11- 18 has an Ofsted rating of Outstanding and aims to lead and inspire the education system by aiming for excellence and offering a world class education. If you are looking for a great primary school, Preston Hedge’s Primary School prides itself on encouraging and cultivating an appreciation of creativity and visual arts. It has been given an Ofsted rating of Outstanding.
Things to do in Northampton
Those in search of sporting thrills will relish the choice of local venues. Visit Franklin’s Gardens – the 15,000 seat stadium of Northampton Saints Rugby Union – or become a regular at the home ground of Northampton Town FC, all just a short distance from your front door.
For peaceful downtime, green retreats and water are all around. A short eight minute walk takes you to the newly opened Upton Country Park, with its wide stretches of open space, woodland and wetlands, paths and cycleways. Or make for Delapré Abbey’s gorgeous lake, where anglers can try their luck among 500 acres of parkland and wildlife-filled walks, and golfers polish their skills on an 18-hole public golf course. When it comes to memory-making days out, Stanwick Lakes is a countryside nature reserve that has everything families could want, from imaginative play areas, a great café and shop to endless green spaces, walks and cycle paths.
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