Why Northampton is for every kind of traveller
Want to explore the Elizabethan Era, get cosy with llamas and crush a car in a tank? Northampton is the place for you.
With so many strange and historical attractions, this East Midlands town will enthral you, make you laugh and let you see into the past. Check out these top picks for every kind of traveller.
For something old
If you are looking to experience something English and are a fan of the Elizabethan Era then you need to head to Kirby Hall. This stunning building was built in the 17th Century and is full of history waiting for you to explore. With entry, you get a free audio guide, which will lead you around and tell you all the fascinating stories that are hidden within the walls. If you are visiting in August, check their program for an unforgettable outdoor experience and enjoy this excellent performance under the night’s sky.
For something new
When on holidays, it is always fun to do something different, which is why we recommend you go on the Catanger Llama Trek. It is the perfect way to de-stress and see the countryside while meeting new long-necked friends. You are also able to have events here such as children’s and bachelorette parties.
Join a Summer Evening Trek and meet the new additions to the family when you come back to the farm. The only thing cuter than a llama is a baby llama!
© Catanger Llamas
For a spot of speed
This year at Silverstone, you can top up your speed needs at the F1 – British Grand Prix. Check their website for dates and ticket availability. Grab a seat, be part of the action and let’s see if anyone can beat Mark Webber’s lap record!
For an artistic touch
One of the greatest Scottish architects, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, designed only a single house in all of England and it can be found in Northampton. 78 Derngate is a huge attraction for architecture lovers and has something for everyone with options for Afternoon Tea, dining and shopping as well as hosting art exhibitions. Do something a little fancy and book a high tea to enjoy before walking around the galleries to check out the current displays.
© The 78 Derngate Northampton Trust
For a day in the sun
If you would like to take advantage of a lovely day, then spend some time outside at the beautiful Coton Manor Garden. The gardens here are just like something right out of a fairy book, decorated with all kinds of colourful flowers and even a flamingo or two. The bluebell woods will whisper to you as you walk through and the stone manor house will make the perfect backdrop for your photos. This is one of the top attractions on Tripadvisor and for a good reason! Be sure to sit down for a cup of tea and some cakes at the café before you leave.
© Coton Manor Garden
For a touch of adrenaline
With just a short drive out of the centre, you can fulfil all your crazy ‘Battlefield’ dreams at Tanks-A-lot. No this isn’t a place to view pretty, military equipment behind glass walls, this is the place where you get to go inside and drive Russian TS2 Gvozdika’s while you obliterate a car as you crush over it. ‘Crush a Car’ days are very popular, as are the driving days where you can ‘swim’ in an amphibious tank. Whatever tank action you are looking for, you can find it at Tank-A-Lot.
For when it is time to count sheep
When it is time to rest your head and prepare for a new day discovering the city, you can’t go wrong with a bed at Park Inn by Radisson Northampton. The hotel is 200m from the centre, making it the perfect base for your holiday.
© Johnathan Cosh of Visual Eye