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Things to See and Do in Northampton

Northamptonshire is in the very heart of England and offers something for everyone who visits or lives here. With excellent road and rail links it's easy to find your way to the county often described as the Rose of the Shires. Northampton the 22nd-largest settlement in England, and the UK's 4th-largest town without official city status.

In and around the main market towns there are excellent leisure facilities with great shops, restaurants, museums, galleries, theatres and cinemas, health clubs and spas, and a thriving nightlife for anyone with the energy.


78 Derngate Northampton 78 Derngate

78 Derngate is an important and award-winning historic house set in the heart of Northampton. Only one hour away from London and close to the M1, Northampton is a vibrant, eight hundred year old county town. Along with numerous other attractions within the town, 78 Derngate is a gem of a tourist attraction waiting to be discovered.

Winner of the 2009 Enjoy England Excellence Award for Best Small Visitor Attraction in England, 78 Derngate: The Charles Rennie Mackintosh House & Galleries is recognised as the place to visit in Northampton.

The house at 78 Derngate was remodelled by the world-famous designer and architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh in his iconic Modernist style.

The Gallery Upstairs is free to enter, selling and showing the best in contemporary craft.

The Dining Room, the in-house boutique-style restaurant serves a full range of delicious contemporary cuisine, while the gift & craft shop offers a unique shopping experience. 


Northampton Saints

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Northampton Saints is a professional English rugby union club from Northampton, England. The Saints play in green, black and gold colours. They play their home games at Franklin's Gardens, which has a capacity of 13,591. The Northampton Saints were formed in 1880. The club won their first major trophy when they defeated Munster in the 1999-2000 Heineken Cup final. Their main rivals are Leicester Tigers.

The club has won the English Premiership, the RFU Championship three times, the Anglo-Welsh Cup, the EDF Energy Trophy, the European Rugby Champions Cup, and are twice winners of the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

They are also 2014 Aviva Premiership Rugby and Amlin Challenge Cup winners and Aviva Premiership club for Northampton, Northamptonshire and the Eastern Counties 


Royal and Derngate

Royal and Derngate

Royal & Derngate, Northampton is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northamptonshire – last year they welcomed more than 314,000 audience members for a diverse programme of drama, music, dance, comedy and film. Another 180,000 people saw their work across the country, shows originated, cast, built, rehearsed and premiered on the stages, this meant they were thrilled to win the award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre in the UK Theatre Awards 2015 acknowledging the Made In Northampton season.

As a registered charity, Royal and Derngate remains ambitious about ensuring that our theatres are for everyone and welcome 86,000 young people as audience members every year. The group also encourages young people to take part in creative learning opportunities via bespoke schools partnerships and weekly activity at the theatres.

This weekly programme attracts a broad section of our community, and also offers opportunities for nurturing new talent with their commitment to artist development.

Royal and Derngate are also continually developing new initiatives to ensure that theatres continue to thrive. Working in partnership with their sister arts venues in the county.

The addition of the Errol Flynn Filmhouse to the venue three years ago has received such brilliant customer feedback and proved so popular that we are now adding a second screen.


Abington Park and Abington Park Museum

Abington Park is Northampton's oldest and most popular park. It contains many fine features including Abington Park Museum, The Band Stand, Sports facilities, a cafe, Flower displays, Lakes, Aviary and a Garden for the blind. Beneath the surface lies the archaeological remains of the old medieval village.

The parks has a smaller model boating lake with a connecting stream and a large lake which was remodelled in the 1920s, ideal for an afternoon of feeding the ducks with the family.

The museum is situated in the picturesque building of a 500 year old Manor House. Come and browse the wonderful collections, ranging from domestic life in the town to military photographs.


Northamptonshire Tourist Guide

This website contains a wealth of Northamptonshire Tourist Information. In fact, this definitive Northamptonshire Tourist Guide has gathered together, in one convenient site, all the tourist information you could possibly need to help you plan the perfect visit to Northamptonshire