The ultimate guide to Northampton

Cotels has serviced apartments available in Milton Keynes and Northampton. If you’re planning a trip to Northampton soon, here’s everything you need to know.



Northampton originated in 1100 as a walled town with a castle on the river Nene, before receiving its charter in 1189. Northampton is a market town and civil parish in the East Midlands with a population of around 212,000 people.

The town is rich in history!

Archaeological evidence of settlement in the area dates back to the Bronze Age, Romans, and Anglo-Saxons, and the town was once home to Northampton Castle during the Middle Ages, which helped the town rise to national significance.

Northampton is an ideal business destination, with nearby junctions and motorways such as junction 15 and the MK. Northampton also has a railway station with regular trains to London, as well as the Grand Union Canal. Luton and Birmingham are the nearest airports.

Northamptonshire is home to the world-famous Silverstone circuit, which hosts the British Grand Prix, as well as many notable structures such as the National Lift Tower, 78 Derngate, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and Northampton Guildhall.

There’s also plenty of entertainment. Among the annual festivals and events are:

  • Northampton Carnival
  • The Beer Festival
  • The Dragonboat Race
  • The Umbrella Fair
  • Diwai Celebrations
  • St Crispins Fair

Northampton’s main arts and entertainment venues include the Royal & Derngate theatre complex, as well as smaller venues such as the Northampton Playhouse and Cripps Theatre.

Visitors interested in art can go to the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of historical footwear, or the Northampton Arts Collective.

Northampton also has a plethora of independent restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as farm shops.


  •  Northampton General Hospital
  • Grosvenor Shopping Centre
  • Northampton Railway Station

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 Fun facts about Northampton

  •  Northampton was mentioned in writing for the first time in 914!
  • Northampton Castle was one of England’s most famous Norman castles, but it was eventually destroyed by the arrival of a railway arch. Today, all that is left is a postern gate near Northampton Railway Station.
  • Northants is home to Althorp House, Princess Diana’s final resting place.
  • It also has the largest market square in England, which was founded in 1189.
  • Rushton Hall, in the Rushton area, is said to be haunted by an Italian maid dressed in a bridal gown.