Located in the East Midlands, Northampton is the county town of Northamptonshire and is less than 70 miles north of London. The town has a rich heritage which is evident throughout the streets and squares which are home to some truly stunning architecture. The surrounding areas are home to beautiful English countryside, rolling hills and expansive country parks. There’s plenty on offer for outdoorsy types, particularly for those who enjoy cycling, hiking or mountain-biking as there are a variety of trails and paths across the countryside. History buffs will enjoy discovering some of the magnificent stately homes and gardens. Northampton town centre has many shops, cafes and restaurants as well as numerous leisure and cultural hotspots.
A hatchback would be ideal for urban driving and, compared to something bigger, would be fuel-efficient, which is ideal for motorway driving if heading into the rural parts of Northants.
Driving in Northampton
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Important things to note
There are ample parking facilities in Northampton centre including numerous car parks and on-street pay and display throughout the town.
Expect delays and congestion in the town centre on Saturdays if football or rugby matches are taking place.
Northampton is well-connected with excellent transport links by road. The M1 motorway passes directly through the south of the county, going in the general direction of London.
Highlights & Hotspots
Learn the fascinating history of the town in Northampton Museum and Art Gallery which has a range of exhibits and artefacts regarding shoe-making – the town’s once thriving industry. In actual fact, many natives refer to themselves as ‘cobblers’!
Nature lovers and those who enjoy the great outdoors will enjoy the sights at Hunsbury Hill Country Park. With a range of nature and hiking trails, playground and picnic areas it’s the perfect place to spend a sunny day with the family.
Film enthusiasts should catch a film at the fantastic independent cinema, The Errol Flynn Filmhouse. Part of the Royal & Derngate theatre, the picture house offers movie lovers a totally unique cinema experience offering bar refreshments and luxury seating.
Visit the beautiful gardens at Coton Manor Garden. Open between April and September, these stunning gardens are the perfect place to enjoy a summers afternoon, when the gorgeous plants and flowers are in full bloom.
Northampton is served by Birmingham, Luton and East Midlands airports.
Birmingham Airport is located approximately 47 miles from Northampton town centre and is accessible via the M1 and M6 motorways.
Luton Airport is located approximately 39 miles from Northampton town centre and is accessible via the M1 motorway.
East Midlands Airport is located approximately 52 miles from Northampton town centre and is accessible via the M1 motorway.