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With swathes of gorgeous English countryside, roaring races at Silverstone and a scattering of ancient castles and beauty spots, the county of Northamptonshire attracts tourists looking for a diverse and enchanting break in the UK. Northampton, the county town, sits at the centre of it all and offers a good base for every kind of visitor.
Sports fans in particular are in for a real treat in Northampton. Sixfields Stadium is home to Northampton Town FC, while the Saints rugby team bring fans to fever pitch at Franklin's Gardens. County cricket is also popular here and, for those who like a gentler game, golf courses are in abundance around the town.
To really get the engines revving however, you'll want to make a beeline for Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix. Fans of Formula 1 can reach the circuit in around 25 minutes from their Northampton accommodation. Book early if you plan to see this beloved annual competition.
The town itself is dotted with the remains of history, with evidence of settlements here going back as far as the Bronze Age. An eclectic mix of architecture surrounds shops, markets and leisure centres, museums and other cultural highlights. Northampton also puts on a fantastic calendar of annual events (more on that below in our 'what's on' section).
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There's a pleasing mix of hotels in Northampton and every type of traveller is certain to find a place to stay that fits their style and budget. Good-value chain hotels are in abundance, while those searching for authentic charm and a spot of luxury are guaranteed to find a great room.
Northampton town centre hosts a handful of hotels, with offerings from well-known brands such as Ibis, Park Inn by Radisson, and Travelodge. Some independent hoteliers also run highly-rated places at the centre of town. If you're keeping an eye on the budget, check if your central hotel offers free parking, as not all do.
On the outskirts of town you'll find more hotel options. Premier Inn, Marriott and Travelodge operate hotels around Northampton. Independent B&Bs and guesthouses are mostly located just outside of the town centre, around 20-30 minutes by foot from the shops, bars and restaurants of central Northampton.
Campers and caravan owners love nearby Billing Aquadrome, a holiday park where waterside lodges can also be rented for short breaks and long, lazy summer holidays.
From family fun to hushed country estates, there's a wide variety of things to see and do around Northampton...
Top five attractions
The only house in England designed by Scotland's Charles Rennie Mackintosh, this superb late example of his work is also a splendid place to take afternoon tea.
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
Learn more about the area, especially the proud history of shoe making, at this captivating museum, which is located centrally.
A 10-minute drive east of Northampton town centre will have younger visitors squealing with excitement. You don't have to book a stay at this holiday park to enjoy swimming, fishing, soft play, go karting and a range of other activities.
Althorp House and Park
Though there are many fine country houses and estates around Northampton, the final resting place of Diana, Princess of Wales, holds a special place in the hearts of many who come to Northamptonshire. The Spencer family home is open on selected dates throughout the year. It takes 15 minutes to drive from Northampton to the estate.
Get your motor running at this famous racetrack near Northampton. There's plenty going on throughout the year aside from the British Grand Prix, with hands-on race experiences proving particularly popular for those with a need for speed.
Find out what's on when in Northampton with our guide to the area's annual events...
British Grand Prix; July: Silverstone has been hosting this illustrious race since 1948 and crowds flock here each summer to see their F1 favourites tackling the twists and turns of the track. Book tickets and hotels early to avoid disappointment.
World Conker Championships; October: If you've ever wanted to see a conker competition (and check out who is crowned King and Queen Conker), then this is the event for you. Travel to the nearby village of Ashton in autumn to see thousands of conkers clacking during the battle for the world title.
St Crispin Street Fair; October: Thousands of locals and visitors attend this popular annual funfair, which takes over many central streets in Northampton.