Northampton City Guide
Franklin's Gardens is home to Northampton Saints, the Premiership rugby club and former European Cup winners. The stadium, which is a 13,500 capacity all-seater, includes bars, a restaurant, hospitality suites and a fans village with bars and entertainment on matchdays.
Silverstone, just a few miles from Northampton, is best known as the home of the British Grand Prix, which it first hosted in 1948 and which has been held on the circuit every year since 1987. From Ferrari to Lotus, through rally cars, racing cars and even 4x4s, a Silverstone Experience is the best way to indulge your passion for driving.
Close to Northampton, Bletchley Park was the site of the UK's main decryption establishment during World War 2, the Government Code and Cypher School where ciphers and codes of several Axis countries were decrypted, most importantly the ciphers generated by the German Enigma and Lorenz machines. It also housed Station X, a secret radio intercept station.
The Althorp Estate contains the history of 500 years of the Spencer family since 1508. Once the scene of courtly balls, political meetings and even secret marriages, each intriguing room in the house provides an inspirational backdrop for modern events - whether it's a banquet in the 115-foot Picture Gallery, a relaxed afternoon tea by the fire in the Library or a major board meeting in the regal surroundings of The Great Room. The gardens are a delight for families.
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What to do in Northampton
Listed below are some of the great places to visit in Northampton. Click one to find out more.
Getting around – Northampton transport tips
From Northampton you can get to London Euston in just over an hour. Rugby, Coventry, Birmingham New Street, Milton Keynes, Watford Junction is also within easy reach see National rail for more details.
Getting around the city centre we will recommend using the local bus service click here for more information regarding timetables and routes. Also look into Northampton Buzz Card its a ticket you can use for unlimited travel on most bus services in Northampton.
For journeys within the South, East and Midlands by train or coach to or from most towns see Journey planner
A stay in Northampton wouldn't be complete without seeing this historic rugby club in action.
Northampton Rugby Football Club, more commonly known as The Saints, is one of the oldest rugby clubs in the country. Their home ground is Franklin's Gardens and with a capacity of 13,500, 48 executive boxes, numerous bars and hospitality areas, the renowned Village area, 1,500 car parking places and three training pitches, it is the envy of European rugby.
For more information visit: www.northamptonsaints.co.uk
Silverstone Racetrack and Experience
Once a WWII airfield, Silverstone has come along way since its first race in 1948. Having hosted the first modern day Grand Prix two years later, Silverstone has welcomed all the sport's great names and continues to enjoy a prominent position in the history of motorsport.
For the thrill seeker a Silverstone Experience or Thrill is the best way to indulge your passion for driving. From Ferrari to Lotus, through rally cars, racing cars and even 4x4s - expert tuition is included in each package
For more information visit: www.silverstone.co.uk
Bletchley Park is the historic site of secret British codebreaking activities during WWII and birthplace of the modern computer.
Seeing one of the Enigma Machines, including the rare 'Abwehr G312', is undoubtedly a highlight of a busy day out at Bletchley Park, but there is much more than machines in a visit to the historic site. Check out the tales of spies and strategic deception. You may even be the one to discover the map to genius mathematician Alan Turing's silver, supposedly buried in or near Bletchley Park
For more information visit: www.bletchleypark.org.uk
Althorp Estate & Spencer family home
Beyond the public face seen by the tens of thousands of people that visit Althorp each year, the Althorp Estate extends much further, covering 14,000 acres of beautiful countryside in Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Norfolk.
There is so much to enjoy at Althorp. Perhaps start your visit with a relaxing walk down a tree lined avenue to the house, enjoy the remodelled gardens and perhaps take the opportunity to reflect in the peaceful surroundings of the poignant Round Oval.
Explore nineteen rooms in the House, including some of the Spencer Familys private apartments. Discover magnificent interiors and one of Europes finest private collections of furniture, paintings and photographs and ceramics - the result of one familys uninterrupted occupation for over 500 years.
For more information visit: www.althorp.com
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