Heritage sites to visit in Milton Keynes and Northampton
Do you want to explore more heritage sites this summer? Check out our picks of the best places to visit across Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire.
Both Milton Keynes and Northampton are places that are full of history. Milton Keynes was built back in 1967, whereas Northampton was granted its first charter in 1189! Both places have a rich history and boast many heritage sites worth visiting.
Here are our picks of the best across Milton Keynes, Northampton and beyond.
All Saints’ Church, Brixworth Did you know that Northamptonshire is home to the largest Anglo Saxon church in Britain? Step inside for an example of early Anglo-Saxon architecture within the church, which was founded around AD 680 by monks from Peterborough.
Canons Ashby, Daventry Canons Ashby is an Elizabethan manor house and 18th-century terraced gardens. The estate is home to plenty of seasonal events and you can tour the historic house or visit the nearby parish church. The grounds are also home to a tea room, bookshop and the Coach House shop.
Claydon House, Aylesbury Vale This country house was built between 1757 and 1771 and offers eighteenth-century English interiors on the inside, with beautiful views across the grounds outside. The house is listed Grade I on the National Heritage List for England and there’s also a historic courtyard to explore.
Bletchley Park, Bletchley Here, you can learn all about the historic site of secret British codebreaking activities that took place during WWII and discover the birthplace of the modern computer. The estate includes the English country house and plenty of historic ‘huts’ and ‘blocks’ to explore.
Buckingham Old Gaol, Buckingham
This historic building and museum share the history of Buckingham’s goal (prison), which was founded in 1748. You can visit to learn about the story of Buckingham, rural life and the original cells that are still there today.
Holdenby House, Northampton Though it is predominantly used as a wedding venue nowadays, this historic country house is a grade II* listed building that is surrounded by grade 1 listed gardens. The house was built in 1583 and the Holdenby Estate extends to some 2,000 acres.
Rockingham Castle, Corby
Rockingham Castle is a former royal castle and hunting lodge in Rockingham Forest. There’s plenty on offer if you visit, from castle tours to the gardens and tea rooms, and the castle oozes history having been built in the 11th century.
Stowe House, Buckingham As part of the National Trust, Stowe House offers over 300 years of history! The house has featured in many popular films and TV shows and you can also explore over 250 acres of beautiful gardens when you visit.
The Naseby Battlefield, Naseby Did you know that you can visit a real battlefield in West Northamptonshire? The Battle of Naseby was fought back in 1645 – so you won’t see anything significant from the actual battle – but you can visit the grounds and monument today to get a taste of history. You can also follow a specific battlefield trail created by The Naseby Battlefield Project, which takes you to all key parts of the approach, the battlefield itself and the Royalist retreat.
Willington Dovecote and Stables, Willington This National Trust property is a 16th-century stable and stone dovecote. Visitors can step inside the dovecote – which is one of four remaining buildings in the historic manorial complex – and can discover the Tudor stables. There is also a guided walk that starts and ends at the site and includes visits to Dovecote lake, a Danish camp and the old Bedford to Cambridge railway line.
Have you visited any of these spots before? Let us know!
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