Northampton is a beautiful city filled with culture, history, and bursting with exciting things to do for all. So, we’ve picked a selection of the best spots to visit whilst in Northampton.
The TripAdvisor certified Royal & Derngate theatre is a local hotspot for serious culture! Over the years they’ve welcomed plenty of audience members for a diverse programme of drama, music, dance, comedy and film. They continue to produce exciting shows and talent, making this Northampton gem a must visit.
If you enjoy a premium cinema experience, then the team at Royal & Derngate Theatre also established The Errol Flynn Filmhouse, named after the Hollywood icon. Here you can choose from independent, British and mainstream films or live screenings of theatre, ballet and opera events from around the world, all whilst sitting back, in one of their luxury seated screening rooms.
We recommend booking a day out to Althorp, home to Princess Diana growing up and not to mention one of England's most beautiful stately homes. Many visit for not only its beauty, but its history. Since it was built in 1508 by the Spencers, they have opened its doors to the public for events, and the opportunity to explore the history and heritage of the Spencer family.
On a summer's day you can take a stroll in the renowned Abington park. The popular park has wide pathways, an area for the kids to play and explore, as well as a large tennis court and a bandstand during the summer. While you’re there it’s also worth visiting the Abington Park museum; which is dedicated to military and local history displays, so you can squeeze in a bit of local history whilst enjoying a day out with the family.
Music lovers if you’re in search for a good gig whilst in Northampton, then the Roadmender is where you need to be. The music venue has held a variety of artists including Arctic Monkeys, Professor Green and Elton John, so you’re guaranteed to find a show suited to your musical palate. And if you’re interested in putting on your own gig, The Roadmender attracts a lively crowd with good energy, as well as a main room that can fit up 850 people!
Buddies is an all-American diner that serves to deliver tasty generous portions at a reasonable price. Since opening in 1981 Buddies has become a local Diner that is loved by all. There are currently 9 diners in and around Northampton, but if you want to visit the original, head to Dychurch Lane and you’ll be greeted with an unrivaled satisfying dining experience and excellent service.
A hidden gem that you probably weren’t expecting is the National Lift Tower. The 418ft research and development facility was originally built to test lifts, but its height and unique features, have made it a valued resource and has lent itself to expand its reach into abseiling. So, if you’re up for a bit adventure whilst in this vibrant city, it’s worth checking out the National Lift Tower.
Last but definitely not least, Northampton is famously known for its shoe making and gave birth to the iconic Dr Marten boot. This means it’s vital for your Northampton experience to take a tour of the factory shops, which are situated in a village just outside Northampton. Soak in the rich heritage of shoemaking as well as some top notch discounts.