Unique Gifts and Things To Do in NorthamptonIdyllically situated on the bank of the River Nene in the heart of Northamptonshire, Northampton is one of the UK’s largest towns, and is blessed with Royal heritage, stunning architecture, lazy canals, and an astonishing amount of luscious countryside. So whether you are visiting Northampton for the first time and are planning weekend of sightseeing and tourist activities, or are looking for a great day out with the kids, Northampton and its surrounding areas has plenty to offer.
First time visitors to Northampton will want to ensure they make time to visit the town’s top attractions and landmarks. The beautiful Grade II listed Delapré Abbey along with it’s parklands and gardens were once a key battleground during the War of the Roses, before becoming a monastic house, and later a stately 17th home. Lovers of architecture and heritage will also want to visit 78 Derngate…the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie MacKintosh, whilst the iconic Northampton Guildhall provides one of the country’s finest examples of Neo-Gothic architecture. Those looking to treat themselves to some R&R would do well to frequent the St Giles Street quarter – here you’ll find a wonderful selection of fashionable High Street labels, coffee lounges, and international cuisines to indulge in.
People wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life will be left in awe of Northampton’s surrounding countryside. Whether you choose to lace up your comfy shoes for a walking adventure in one of Northampton’s many country parks, treat the family to a Falconry Experience and get up close and personal with some truly amazing birds of prey, or simply want to spoil someone special with a Microlight Flight over Northampton’s green landscapes, the outdoor leisure activities are plentiful!
Northampton is also blessed with a selection of premier sports and leisure activity venues, making it the ideal get-away destination for thrill-seekers. The city plays host to a 300m artificial white water course allowing for unique opportunities to tackle some tumultuous rapids – be it in a tube, raft, or kayak, you’re sure to make a splash at the Nene White Water Centre! Thrill-seekers who prefer to stick to dry land are well and truly catered for…the American-style oval circuit of Rockingham Motor Speedway provides plenty of opportunities to put the pedal to the metal in a Supercar or two, whilst Silverstone offers Off-Road Rally Driving lessons.So whatever your purpose for visiting Northampton, you’re bound to find an activity day out to suit all group types and occasions.