Northampton Travel Guide

  • All Saints Church In The Town Centre
    All Saints Church In The Town Centre
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  • One Of The Largest Market Squares In The UK
    One Of The Largest Market Squares In The...
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  • The Victorian Gothic Guildhall
    The Victorian Gothic Guildhall
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Northampton Things to Do

  • Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

    This was my main reason to visit Northampton and I was very impressed with what I saw. Northampton's accomplished history in the field of shoemaking makes it an ideal place to visit a museum where the process and products of cobbling are centre stage.I started on the upper floor where there was an interesting permanent exhibition about Hamtun, the...

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  • What remains of Northampton castle...

    Northampton's very extensive Norman castle was a majorly important castle. Medieval kings held their parliaments there and it was the site of the trial of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury (later sainted).After the English Civil War (mid-1600s) King Charles 11 ordered that the castle be made uninhabitable. It was in ruins by the 1800s, of...

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  • St Peter's

    St Peter's really is a stunning Norman (1100s) church, a wonderful example of the Romanesque style.It is 'the most outstanding Norman church in the country'.St Peter's is no longer used as a place of worship but is open for visitors and is well worth visiting.The church is constructed of ironstone (orange ish) and limestone (yellowish), the two...

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  • Look at the architecture

    Northampton has a pleasant mix of architectural styles although, of course, nothing much from before the great fire of 1675.I especially like the yellow/orange local stone which really does glow in the sunshine.Do look up as you wander...but remember that black-and-white half-timbered buildings are very often not in any way Medieval. There was a...

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  • All Saints

    There's been a church on this spot for the past 1000 years, but the one you see now only came into existence after the great fire of 1675.The church which stood at that time was almost totally destroyed (only the chancel crypt and the tower survived). King Charles ll gave 1000 tons of timber from the Royal forests to help with the building of the...

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  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre

    Many very early Christian churches were round with a central altar, following the plan of the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.England has very few round churches remaining (just 9) and the one at Holy Sepulchre is exceptionally well-preserved. It was founded in 1098 by one Simon de Senlis, the Earl of Northampton at that time, to give...

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  • The Hotel Lobby

    We arrived in the hotel quite early so I tried to asked the attendant if we can check-in a bit early but she refused and looked the clock and said the check-in time must be at 12o'clock, ok fine..so we decided to stay in the hotel lobby for a couple of hours. Thats why I took some photos to make myself busy, to entertain myself=))

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  • The fruitful VT flag

    I was just so excited to take some photos of my VT flag were I received recently * The People behind the Place *

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  • Exploring the town

    We were just walking from the hotel where we stayed to the town center, it was a lovely day weather was good.

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  • Northampton Market

    Northampton received its first Market Charter in 1189 allowing it to charge tolls and prohibit rival markets. The present market dates from 1235 when the previous market was banned from All Saints Churchyard. The Market Square is one of the largest in England and one of the oldest. Markets are held Monday to Saturday with occasional special events.

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  • Northampton Guildhall

    The Neo Gothic style Guildhall in Northampton is located in St Giles Square just off the main pedestrianised shopping area. Build between 1861 and 1864 from a design by the young Bristol Architect Edward William Godwin it replaced the much earlier smaller 14 century town hall which could no longer serve its purpose. As services continued to grow...

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  • Balloon Festival

    Probably the major event in Northamptons calendar, and I enjoy it when I'm able to go. Attracts a huge number of hot air balloons, live music and countless other attractions. If the weather is good it's a great day out.2007 is scheduled for 17 -19 August, see their website for more info.2009, looks like this is no more either, financial problems -...

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Northampton Hotels

Northampton Restaurants

  • Went back for second time

    This was the first time we tried Red Hot World Buffet and we enjoyed it so much we went back the next night and we intend to visit it again in the future but probably at lunchtime as it is cheaper. It is a buffet with popular dishes from different world locations, salads, really nice desserts and a chocolate fountain. The waiting staff only get the...

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  • Comfortable place, excellent value

    All Saints Bistro/coffeeshop/cafe is in the entrance and portico of All Saints Church, right in the heart of Northampton town centre.It offers simple food at very good prices: sandwiches (including fish finger sandwiches!), toasties, soup, pasties, cakes and so on.I ordered a BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato) sandwich with a salad garnish and crisps...

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  • Average Meal

    We tried Buddies for the first time. I was hoping it was going to be the dinner menu but we had to settle for the breakfast menu instead. The staff were friendly and topped up our cups with coffee. The restaurant was busy and full by the time we left. It was decked out with American memorabilia and was clean and tidy. It was also popular with...

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  • Boring Burgers

    During our stay in Northampton we decided to have a meal in TGI Friday. It was very busy and there was a constant stream of background music. We have previously tried one in Orlando where the food was nice but the service was OTT. This time Lin started with Mushroom Alfredo which she really liked. I had loaded potato skins which were alright to...

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  • Good curry

    So, just back from India one week ago and fancy a curry and have to say the food here is as good, if not better than anything we were served while away.Some unusual dishes on the menu so, the chance to experiment - I often go vegetarian in Indians these days - the variety is great, and very tasty.A well cooked, tasty meal at a good price,...

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  • yummy buffet!

    ‘a very busy, top quality food in upmarket surroundings but at best value prices... a unique new dining experience’ you have to enjoy tasting the different kinds of foods..a lot of choices because it is 110 dishes from six different world cuisines (Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Thailand, Mexican and Indian) or simply spend all night sipping wine in...

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  • At Midnight After An 8 Hour Pub Crawl...

    ...it was definitely kebab time!My eight hour journey cross-country from Appledore to Northampton involved two buses and three trains with varying connection times between them. I do actually enjoy my journeys almost as much as the destinations and so this trip provided the opportunity for a cross-country pub crawl.A quick beer after work, here in...

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  • A Good Substitute For Tapas Outside Of...

    This restaurant which is one in a 'chain' stands on it's own, just off a busy Northampton ring road on a leisure complex. Billed as a 'Spanish Tapas Bar and Cantina offering authentic tapas in a fun setting'. There is a large parking area right outside the door.Housed in a large modern purpose built building but with a surprisingly cosy atmosphere...

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  • Chinese buffet

    Buffet cChinese restaurant very close to our hotel, so an obvious choice to eat. Early Saturday evening so pretty busy but still plenty of dishes to choose from, bit of a scrum down to get near some of them but all part of the fun!Big variety including many vegetarian options. I found some dishes a little lacking in spices but I'm sure not everyone...

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Northampton Transportation

  • Car Parking – Mayorhold Shoppers MSCP

    Mayorhold – Lady's LaneLocated about 5 minutes from the Market Square in the Town centre, this is a multi-storey car park.Pay on FootLong StayCapacity: 1,054 carsMonday to Saturday: 7:30 am to 8:30 pmSunday: Free3 Hours: £2.401-9 Lady's Lane, Northampton NN1 2NGMay 2012

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  • Way to the Bus Station

    First, you must go inside the Grosvenor shopping mall, right on the second floor you can see the guide how you can reach the station, then you have to go up again using the escalator to get to the bus station.I had a chance to take some photos when I went back to the shop where I left my stuff. I didn't notice I forgot to bring some of my shopping...

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  • Northampton Railway Station: Where The...

    Northampton is connected to the rest of the country by train via the lines to London and Birmingham. The railway station is about half a mile to the west of the town centre and there's a local bus stop just outside as well as plentiful (and hopeful) taxis.Trains to and from London run approximately every 30 minutes during the day with a journey...

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Northampton Shopping

  • Mooching about in the Market

    Northampton's Market Square hosts one of the oldest and largest on record England. The market dates from 1235 when King Henry III forbade the selling of goods in the churchyard of All Saints and ordered that the Market be moved to a space north of the churchyard where it has remained since.Monday: Fresh fruit, vegetables, cut flowers and plants...

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  • Everything A County Town Needs!

    Between Northampton's broad pedestrianised High Street and its Grovesnor Centre there are all the necessary shops, banks and other services which you would expect from a County Town. Most of the major chains are represented and here and there you'll find some interesting little local specialists.The High Street is a cacophony of major and minor...

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  • Whatever You Want - We've Got It!

    As the Shire's main town Northampton has long been the commercial centre of the County and its market square dates back to 1235 when Henry the Third reckoned that it wasn't such a great idea having the market held in the churchyard of All Saints. How the King got involved in local affairs I don't know but the end result was that the market moved...

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Northampton Warnings and Dangers

  • by MrPoop Written Oct 20, 2004

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    Be on your guard if you find yourself at the train station or at Greyfriars bus station late at night!

    If you are traveling alone, I would suggest getting a taxi rather than venturing into the town centre area on foot.

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Northampton Off The Beaten Path

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    by alancollins Updated Apr 9, 2011

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    Whilst Lin & I were on our way to get a breakfast were suddenly saw a large car boot sale at Duston Mill. Car boot sales on a weekend have because a British institution on a weekend though we adopted the idea from Canada. This was one of the largest car boot sales I have seen with at least 200 stalls spread out in a large field. There was the usual range of items for sale, clothes, household goods, toys and bric a brac. The only downside appeared to be the ad hoc parking on verges and blocking roads. I suppose you could say it was a barometer of how popular this one is. The website links gives the dates for 2012.

    Cat Boot Sale Car Boot Sale

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Northampton Sports & Outdoors

  • Northampton Saints Rugby Union

    i don't claim to be a regular attender of Saints games but, do make the effort to attent some. Season 2006/7 they are playing in the premier division so a good standard of rugby to watch. Usually a very good atmosphere inside the modern stadium too.Photos taken at the 2000 European Cup win at Twickenham.

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  • Cricket

    After many years sharing the ground with the local football team Northamptonshire now have a decent home ground now that "the Cobblers" have moved to Sixfields. Although not up to test match standard it's a great improvement and is a pleasant place to watch cricket on a summer day.Northamptonshire are usually an under achieving team on the pitch,...

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  • Northampton Town F.C.

    "The Cobblers" is the club nickname, the area was once the home of British boot and shoe manufacturing, sadly little left now as foreign imports are cheaper. Anyway, back to the football, while I'm not able to attend as many games as I used to (I used to be a safety steward for several seasons) I still go fairly often. Season 2006/7 sees the...

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