Northampton (England)

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.

Get in

There are numerous routes into Northampton.

The nearest airports to Northampton are Birmingham , East Midlands , and London Luton Airport in Luton. There are rail and bus links from London, home of Heathrow, Gatwick, and Stansted Airports.

Northampton Castle Station offers frequent train links from Birmingham and London every 30 minutes most times of the day with trains operated by London Midland. The trains to Birmingham New Street cost £11.50 for a one way ticket, and due to the unusual pricing system a return ticket is £11.60. Tickets to London Euston cost £22.80 for a one way ticket, although you might want to opt for a return ticket, as that will cost you only £22.90. The railway station is located approximately 15 minutes walk from the town centre and has frequent buses passing the site. Taxis are also available from outside the station.

If you're driving in, you'll find that Northampton is well connected by road with many distribution companies being based in and around the town. The M1 motorway passes right through South Northamptonshire, and from here it is about 15 minutes to the town centre. Junctions 15, 15A, and 16 all serve the town.

Alternatively, National Express offer coach services across the country from Greyfriars bus station in the town centre. A branch of Grand Union Canal passes directly through Northampton, so if you own a boat, it's easy enough to get to town over water.

Get around

The most common way of getting around is by car, but on Saturdays expect queues because of the football and rugby games that go on.

Northampton also offers a comprehensive bus service. The two main operators in the town are Stagecoach Northampton and First Northampton . Service tends to be more patchy on Sundays; however, Monday to Saturday the bus is a viable method of transportation around the town.

Stagecoach Northampton also offer a number of regional bus routes to the outlying villages and towns in Northamptonshire making exploring small towns like Bugbrooke possible.

See

Northampton has a number of attractions:

Do

Shop along Abington Street, the main pedestrianised shopping area in Northampton. Both the Grosvenor Centre and Market Walk shopping centres have entrances from this street.

Northampton Market is one of the oldest in the country and operates daily out of Market Square, just off The Drapery and Abington Street.

Watch some sport - Northampton Saints are a top-flight rugby union team, the Cobblers play League Two football, and Northamptonshire County Cricket Club play cricket at the County Ground.

Attend a play at Royal & Derngate [http://www.northamptonballoonfestival.com/ , Northampton's jointly run main theatres. Each August the town hosts the Northampton Balloon Festival, previously at The Racecourse but in recent years hosted by Billing Aquadrome.

Eat

For its size, Northampton has a good range of restaurants to suit any budget.

Sleep

Drink

Clubs and pubs are located all around Northampton town centre and the night life is pretty lively most of the time.

For alternative music, pubs along the Wellingborough Road cater for grunge, punk and rock with local acts performing on Friday nights.

Connect

Police, fire and ambulance services are all reached from 999 or 112 in an emergency. Northamptonshire Police switchboard is 0300 011 1222 for non-emergency calls, or as recently implemented 101.


Go next

Althorp House the resting place of Princess Diana is in Northamptonshire just outside of Northampton.

Stoke Bruerne is also located halfway between Northampton and Milton Keynes on the canal and offers a picturesque escape from Northampton.

Trains also depart at regular intervals from Northampton railway station for every possible destination in the country using either Milton Keynes Railway Station, London Stations or Birmingham New Street as transit points.

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