Things to see and do - Northampton
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A major town in the Middle Ages, nothing remains of its castle (c 1100) where Thomas Becket stood trial in 1164, as Northampton was destroyed by fire in 1675. Defoe described the town that rose from the ashes in the late 17C as "the handsomest and best town in this part of England". Castle remains were obliterated when the railway was built and a new town developed. Three buildings embody these three eras.
Tourist attractions Northampton : Things to see and do
Row George GB - Northampton NN1 1DF
Rebuilt after the fire in 1675 (the portico dates from 1701), All Saints Church is in Classical style with a dome and beautiful plastered ceiling.
St Giles Square GB - Northampton NN1 1DE
The Town Hall, Victorian Gothic at its most confident, was built by Edward Godwin c 1860, when he was only 28. The exterior is ennobled with sculptures of kings and queens; the interior is invaded with local dignitaries, almost lost amid the imitatio..
rd. Guildhall GB - Northampton NN1 1DP
Northampton was a shoemaking centre for over 500 years and the rather cramped museum has an interesting collection of footwear of all kinds, ranging from the remnants of Romano-British sandals to 16C satin slippers and Queen Victoria's shoes.
Sol Central GB - NORTHAMPTON NN1 1SR
Ibis Hotel Northampton is a budget hotel in the centre of Northampton, part of the Sol Central leisure and entertainment complex. Book one of the hotel's 151 modern rooms, each featuring free WIFI internet access and Freeview TV. The cafe bar serves ..
Eagle Drive GB - Northampton NN4 7HW
Ideally located in the East Midlands, this modern, non-smoking hotel in Northampton is just off junction 15 of the M1, and close to the A45. It offers a range of modern facilities in its guest rooms, conference rooms, and the restaurant, bar and lobb..
Bridge Street GB - Northampton NN1 1PF
Plough Hotel offers free parking and spacious rooms a few minutes' walk from Northampton town centre and 0.5 miles from Northampton Train Station. The Plough has a cafe bar with free Wi-Fi and plasma TVs showing sports, and it serves food and drinks..
Main St GB - East Haddon NN6 8BU
Thatched honey-stone inn at the heart of an attractive village, boasting pretty gardens and a pleasing mix of exposed wood, brick and slate. Drinkers are welcome but it's the food that's the focus here: menus offer upgraded pub classics like mutton c..
16 High St GB - Roade NN7 2NW
Personally run, former village pub and schoolhouse, with an open-fired lounge and a simple, linen-laid dining room. The set lunch and à la carte dinner menus are crafted from local produce and offer classical cooking with modern touches. Pleasant bed..