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Large, historic market town situated on the River Nene. Are you looking for things to do in Northampton? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the town.


Northampton is a lively market town with a rich heritage and a bright future. There is much to see and experience in Northampton.The town has excellent arts facilites. The Derngate and Royal Theatre both offer both offer excellent programmes hosting world renowned and up and coming talent. The Northampton Museum is free of charge and full of fun and peculiar facts. The town is home to the University of Northampton with over 10,000 ful-time and consequentially the town benefits from an excellent nightlife with countless bars.

A new entertainment complex Sol Central recently opened boasting a multi-screen cinema, gym and numerous nightclubs, bars and restaurants. If your passion is live music definitely pay The Roadmender a visit, a nationally renowned venue that hosts new bands and more established artists. Northampton also has excellent shopping facilities and is home to two indoor shopping centres. The heart of the town is its market square and renowned for having one of the oldest markets in the country going back over 800 years!

Known for...   River Nene, Shoe Making, Althorp House and River Nene


Did you know...

  • Northampton supplied most of the boots to the British armed forces during the 20th Century World Wars.
  • Northampton is also home of the British Shoe making industry; hence its football team is nicknamed The Cobblers.
  • The first car chase in Britain involving the police occurred in Northampton in 1899. Sergeant Hector Macleod got his man with screaming tyres – well, maybe tyres that were grumbling a bit.



 

  Attractions

Roobarb And Kustard Ceramics Cafe

Paint your own pottery.
12 Wellington Street
Northampton
NN1 3AS

01604620062

 

78 Derngate

Stunning historic house set in the heart of Northampton.
78 Derngate
Northampton
NN1 1UH

01604603407

Recommended by Roger Taylor, Wellingborough

 

Northampton Cathedral

The Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate & St Thomas of Canterbury is the mother church of the Diocese of Northampton.
Cathedral House
Kingsthorpe Road
Northampton
NN2 6AG

 

Delapre Abbey

A heritage tourist attraction for all the family.
London Road
Northampton
NN4 8AW

01604760817

Recommended by Beth Hannelly, Northampton
“So much for all ages, learn about the history of the building and its surroundings, explore the grounds and relax in the cafe with views of the beautiful parkland. ”

 

Althorp House

Stately home, home of the Spencer family.
The Stables
Althorp
NN7 4HQ

01604770107

 

Holdenby Falconry Centre

The Falconry Centre contains many species of birds of prey, flown by the resident Falconer.
Holdenby House
Northampton
NN6 8DJ

 

Billing Aquadrome

Leisure park developed around mature gravel pits.
Crow Lane
Great Billing
Northampton
NN3 9DA

Recommended by Sandra Jones, Wellingborough
“Great fun for all the family, so much to do for a day out or a longer stay”

 

Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway Trust

Railway museum and new Children’s Activity Centre.
Hunsbury Hill Road
Northampton
NN4 9UW

01604702031

Recommended by Stan Brownley, Northampton

 
 

  Children's Activities

Si5 Spy Missions‎

Exciting spy themed indoor action adventure centre, open all year round, ideal for birthday parties, or a great family fun outing.
14 Scotia Close‎
Brackmills
Northampton
NN4 7HR

08444515515

 
 

  Museums

Museums And Galleries In Northampton FREE

Guide to galleries and museums in Northampton.
Northampton
NN1 3AH

 

Abington Museum FREE

Learn about the history of the Northamptonshire Regiment & Yeomanry and about how we used to live.
Park Avenue South
Northampton
NN1 5LW

Recommended by Jim Elliot, Northampton

 
 

  Parks

Barnes Meadow FREE

A mosaic of wetland habitats attracting an abundance of wildlife.
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN4 7AD

 

Brampton Valley Way FREE

This former Northampton to Market Harborough Railway is now a car free ‘linear’ park surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Northampton
NN6 9DG

 

Bugbrooke Meadow FREE

Possibly the most diverse meadow in the county, rich in wildflowers and insects.
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN7 3QH

 

Storton's Pits And Duston Mill Meadow FREE

An old gravel pit providing a haven for rare insects and birds.
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN5 4AB

 

Lings FREE

An oasis of woodland and grassland in East Northampton.
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN3 8BE

 

Abington Park FREE

Abington Park is Northampton's oldest and most popular park. It contains many fine features including Abington Park Museum.
Park Avenue South
Northampton
NN1 5LW

Recommended by Pam & Helen, Northampton
“Nice park with plenty to do for the kids”

 

Abington Meadows FREE

Abington Meadows is a new site that is being taken on in Northamptonshire.
Weston Mill Lane
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN3 3HJ

 

Harlestone Heath FREE

A small strip of acid heathland, which is very rare within Northamptonshire.
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN6 8AZ

 

Kingsthorpe Meadow FREE

A picturesque series of meadows close to the heart of Northampton.
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN2 6RP

 

Stoke Bruerne Brick Pits FREE

A peaceful haven for wildlife next to the Grand Union Canal.
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN12 7SY

 

Bradlaugh Fields FREE

A flower-rich limestone grassland reserve in the middle of Northampton.
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN3 6BL

 

Pitsford Nature Reserve FREE

A gem of a reserve; a haven for wildfowl and migrating waders.
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN6 9TF

 
 

  Bowling

Ten Pin

Ten-pin bowling centre.
Sixfield Leisure Park
Weedon Road
NN5 5BE

08718733150

 
 

  Cinema

Vue Cinema Northampton

Multi-screen cinema.
Sol Central
Northampton
NN1 2RN

03453084620

 

Forum Cinema

Independent Cinema.
Weston Favell Centre
Northampton
NN3 8JR

01604401006

 

Cineworld Northampton

Multi-screen cinema.
Sixfields Leisure Centre
Weedon Road
NN5 5QJ

03303334444

 
 

  Theatre

Royal And Derngate Theatre

Elegant theatre.
1 Guildhall Road
Northampton
NN1 1DP

01604624811

 
 

  Live Music

The Roadmender

Premier Live Music Venue.
1 Lady's Lane
Northampton
NN1 3AH

01604231688

 
 

  Golf

Overstone Park Golf Club

Golf Club.
Billing Lane
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN6 0AP

 

Northamptonshire County Golf Club

The ideal combination of a good test of golf, a relaxing club house, good food and wine, excellent grass practice grounds and coaching facilities with friendly and welcoming staff.
Sandy Lane
Church Brampton
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN6 8AZ

 

Northampton Golf Club

Golf Club.
Harlestone
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN7 4EF

 

Collingtree Park Golf Club

Golf Club.
Windingbrook Lane
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN4 0XN

 

Kingsthorpe Golf Club

Golf Club.
Kingsley Road
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN2 7BU

 

Delapre Park Golf Club

Golf Club.
Eagle Drive
Nene Valley Way
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN4 7DU

 

Brampton Heath Golf Club

Golf Club.
Sandy Lane
Church Brampton
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN6 8AX

 
 

  Leisure centres

DW Fitness

Health and fitness club.
Unit 3C
St James Retail Park
NN1 1EE

01604887690

 

Danes Camp Leisure Centre

Offers a wide variety of indoor sports from swimming to rock climbing.
Clannel Road
Hansbury
NN4 0RX

01604837200‎·

 

Virgin Active

Health and fitness club.
Ferris Row
Riverside Business Park
NN3 9HX

01604417645‎

 

Cannons

Health, fitness and wellbeing club.
Sixfields
Northampton
NN5 5QL

08707582128

 
 

  Water sports

Northampton Scuba School

Learn to scuba dive.
Kingsfield Close
Kings Heath Industrial Estate
NN5 7QS

01604755888

 

Nene White Water Centre

Watersports galore.
Old Bedford Road
Northampton
NN4 7AA

01604634040

 
 

  Karting

GP Karting

Indoor karting centre.
Harvey Reeves Road
Northampton
NN5 5JR

01604591591

 
 

  Climbing

The Pinnacle Centre

Indoor climbing centre for all ages.
1 Main Road
Far Cotton
NN4 8ES

01604875996

 
 

  Laser

Laser Force

Futuristic laser tag game experience.
Sol Central
Marefair
NN1 1SR

 

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