Attractions and Places to Visit in Northampton
Northampton is the county town of Northamptonshire, and is one of the largest settlements in the UK not to be a city. It is located approximately halfway between the cities of Birmingham and London. A smaller marina is along the River Nene in Becket’s Park, overlooked by 78 Derngate, a Grade II-listed house redesigned by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Other notable buildings are the Guildhall and colonnaded All Saints Church. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre dates to 1100 and is one of England’s largest round churches. The large medieval market square has an array of stalls 5 days a week, and nearby are the Market Walk and Grosvenor shopping centres.
Northampton has a number of attractions. Guildhall is a classic neo-gothic styled building built in 1861 by Edward William Godwin. It now houses the Northampton Borough Council offices. Northampton Museum and Art Gallery is a collection of artifacts from Northamptons past with particular homage to the shoe industry that caused the town to first boom. The Express Lifts Tower (National Lift Tower) not normally open to the public, used for occasional event.
Wander through its gardens, open 365 days of the year, and you are taking a walk through history. Set in the heart of a 10,000-acre estate, the 35 acres of extensive gardens are a combination of several styles including the romantic Italian Gardens, the unique Orangery and impressive Arboretum.