City Guides

Northampton

Top 7 Things To do / Sights To See

Nature lovers, history buffs and pub goers, there is something for everyone in this unique, British town. Northampton lies on the River Nene and possesses a rich cultural heritage, with archaeological evidence dating back to the bronze age and the Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods. Their market square is one of the largest in Britain and can be traced back to 1235! Whether you want to travel back in time or explore the town’s natural beauty, we’ve cherry-picked the top seven sights:

  1. Silverstone

Located just under 20 minutes away from Campanile Northampton, Silverstone the home of British Motor Racing is a must – whether you are attending an event, spectating the Grand Prix live from the circuit or are lucky enough to experience one of their track days – visit their website for tickets and vouchers. 

  1. 78 derngate

As the only house in England which was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 78 derngate possesses significant cultural and historic value. Coined as his last commission, Mackintosh designed and remodeled the house in 1916, which has been beautifully restored and opened to the public. Follow in the footsteps of the Scottish architect, designer, water colourist and artist and admire the iconic design features.

  1. Althorp House

Built-in 1508 by and for the Spencers, Althorp House is set in 550 acres of beauty with a magnificent 90 rooms. As the burial place of Princess Diana, this stately home is particularly significant for all royalists who wish to pay tribute to ‘the people’s princess’. Acting as the backdrop to a series of events and exhibitions, Althorp House’s calendar is always changing so make sure to check what’s on ahead of your stay here!

  1. Stanwick lakes

Calling all nature lovers! Stanwick lakes is a 750-acre countryside attraction and nature reserve in the heart of the Nene valley. With activities and attractions to suit everyone, the lakes are managed by environmental charity, Rockingham Forest Trust. Play areas, open spaces, paths (for walkers, cyclists and amblers!), café, shop and plenty of wildlife and bird watching opportunities, Stanwick lakes offers both adventure and relaxation.

  1. Phipps NBC – The Albion Brewery

What do you drink? Ales, ciders, lagers, wines or spirits? The Albion Brewery has a wide variety of drinks, with 8 hand pumps of cask ale including Phipps, Hoggleys and revolving guest ales. However, Phipps nbc is so much more than a pub as a glass and oak partition has been added so that customers are able to view the brewing process whilst enjoying their food and drink. Steeped in history, this unique watering hole remains true to a working brewhouse.

  1. Abington park museum

Take a trip back in time into Northampton’s past in this picturesque 500-year-old manor house! From the Northamptonshire Regiment and yeomanry to the day-to-day life of the locals. The museum boasts a range of exhibits including leather, military, geological and fashion. Delve into the local history and culture at this small, free (!) Museum.

  1. Castle Ashby Gardens

The ancestral home of the 7th marquess of Northampton, Castle Ashby is another example of Northampton’s rich history. The gardens, which are open 365 days a year, are set in the heart of a 10,000-acre estate with a range of different styles. From the Italian gardens to the orangery and arboretum, the unique parkland, which was designed by capability brown, is a must-see when visiting Northampton.

Campanile Hotels are proud to be located in Northampton. 

To get to…

  • 78 derngate from Campanile: 10 minutes by car.  39 minutes by public transport.
  • Althorp House from Campanile: 21 minutes by car.  1 hour 17 minutes by public transport.
  • Stanwick lakes from Campanile: 35 minutes by car.  1 hour 50 minutes by public transport.
  • Phipps NBC – The Albion Brewery from Campanile: 10 minutes by car. 24 minutes by public transport.
  • Abington Park Museum from Campanile: 14 minutes by car. 26 minutes by public transport.
  • Castle Ashby Gardens from Campanile: 22 minutes by car. 1 hour 30 minutes by public transport

To book your stay, call 0160 466 2599 or visit our website.

Location:Junction 15 – M1, Loake close, Grange park, NN4 5EZ Northampton

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