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.
Eagle Drive GB - Northampton NN4 7HW
Ideally located for business events in the East Midlands, this modern, non-smoking hotel in Northampton is just off junction 15 of the M1, and close to the A45. Following a GBP 2 million refurbishment programme, the Northampton Marriott Hotel offers..
Newport Pagnell Road West GB - Northampton NN4 7JJ
Just off the A45, less than 2 miles (3.2 km) from the very heart of Northampton's town centre, the hotel offers great value, with free parking and spacious, modern en suite rooms. Premier Inn Northampton South (Wootton) has a convenient location wit..
Bedford Rd GB - Northampton NN4 7YF
Prix Prices from : 39 £
With a riverside setting, the friendly Holiday Inn Northampton is free for the under 12s. It has free parking, a brasserie, a bar and a mini-gym. The rooms are comfortable and nicely decorated and feature both a bath and a shower. Tea/coffee making ..
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..
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..