Things to do in Northampton

Whether you’re exploring the centre or venturing further afield, you’ll find you’ve got plenty to do in one of the country’s largest towns. Sports fans can enjoy Silverstone, the home to British motor racing, first-class county cricket and cheer on the revered Northampton Saints rugby team, while culture hounds will appreciate the abundance of theatre, galleries and museums: All on the doorsteps of our five Northampton hotels. Miles of beautiful countryside with open parkland and beautiful historic estates are a treat for anyone looking for a blast of fresh air, and a wide variety of cafés, restaurants, bars and pubs await you when you get back into town. Whatever you’re in the market for, Northampton has it in the bag.


From cinephiles to comedy lovers, theatre buffs to music scenesters and even sports fans, there’s something for everyone on Northampton’s stages and stadiums.


Northampton has certainly moved on from its market-town roots, offering shoppers the chance to loosen the purse strings in a mix of high street favourites, vintage delights, and local independent stores.


Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Errol Flynn and Princess Diana might not be names you’d associate with Northampton but you can enjoy their legacies in just a few of the town’s sightseeing options.


Whatever the weather, there’s plenty to do and see in Northampton, from rafting on the River Nene to indoor activities such as Boost Trampoline Park, to discovering the original story of the humble garden gnome.

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Immerse yourself in the decadent glory of the Deco Theatre or discover what’s on at the Royal & Derngate complex, home to the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a heady programme of theatrical delights.


During July and August, bag yourself trackside seats at Silverstone, the home of British motor racing, cheer on the Northampton Saints from the terraces at Franklin Gardens or enjoy a spot of county cricket at the County Ground.


For a taste of cultural pursuits, Northampton delights in a bevy of art galleries championing the best of the local creative community, an exciting roster of festivals on its events calendar and a museum tracing the area’s rich heritage.

Places to eat

From balti to burgers, bolognese to brisket, sample Northampton’s undeniably diverse range of dining out options, whether you’re looking for a quick bite in a quaint café or a sophisticated fine dining restaurant.


With an exciting variety of pubs, clubs, bars and tried-and-tested chains, you’re never short on great places to grab a quick pint, sip on a cocktail, treat yourself to a glass of bubbly and dance the night away after last orders are called.

Getting around

Northamptoin is a well-connected town boasting strong rail, road and air travel networks. It has easy connections to Birmingham and London and you can use Northampton’s nippy bus service if you’re staying local and exploring the town.

Our Northampton map

Looking for a hotel in Northampton?

With its array of historic buildings and tempting shopping opportunities, Northampton is definitely worth a visit - and we have five Northampton hotels to choose from.