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Located at the heart of England, Northampton is a town of saints – whether they're depicted in dramatic paintings in the town's pretty churches, or on the rugby field playing for the worshipped Northampton Saints. The town's central location means it was once a medieval political hotspot, with the old Northampton Castle serving as a meeting point for parliament in 1131 AD. The castle was eventually demolished – although its old wooden door still remains – and its place taken by the modern railway station. From there, you can easily take a daytrip to see the sights of Birmingham, Manchester, and landmark-laden London.

Things to see

Although Northampton Castle may be no more, nearby Castle Ashby more than makes up for it. While the turreted house is impressive on its own - and packed with interesting artefacts - the immaculate gardens really steal the show. Feel the tiny flutter of butterfly wings, as vibrantly-colored insects dance through the air in the butterfly garden, or stumble across the beautiful Secret Garden, as you follow the scent of sweet lavender and rose petals. More hidden treats are waiting at the disused St Peter's Church - which is a Norman-era building dating right back to the 12th century. Carvings of men escaping the gaping mouths of monsters, and pretty mosaics of St Peter, are waiting for you in this fascinating historical church - which is run by keen volunteers. Visit nearby Silverstone Racecourse to see history of a different kind being made. A cacophony of whining engines and squealing tires will let you know when the British Formula 1 and Moto GP races have rolled into town. Sample the glitz and glamor of the pit lane, or test your own skills by booking a day's racing experience on the hallowed racetrack.

Hotels in Northampton

Budget rooms in Northampton offer all the basics you need for a comfy stay - like televisions, WiFi, and tea and coffee making facilities. Or, you could treat yourself to something a little more special, where you can spend any rainy days lounging around lake-sized indoor swimming pools. While you know what you're getting when it comes to chain hotels in Northampton, choosing a boutique option is a great idea if you don't mind the occasional creaky floorboard, and like the idea of staying in a countryside retreat, decorated with hanging chandeliers and dangling art works.

Where to stay

Blend in as a local by visiting Franklin's Gardens stadium to watch the Northampton Saints rugby team. Sit back with a beer and cheer as 30 men wrestle in the mud or, if that doesn't appeal, head to the Cultural District instead. A stay here makes it simple to wine and dine at fancy restaurants, before taking your balcony seat to watch a production at the Royal & Derngate theater. A hotel close to downtown is ideal for filling any suitcase space with bargains from the main shopping street - Abington Street. You can also visit Market Square, which has been the heart of Northampton's community since 1235, when traders would meet there to swap corn, malt, and sheep.

How to get to Northampton

Northampton is only around an hour and a half's drive along the M1 from central London, meaning visitors have plenty of flexibility when it comes to flying. Heathrow, Stansted, and Gatwick are all viable options, while the airports at Birmingham and Luton are also less than an hour's drive away. The central Northampton Station means it's more than possible to explore without a car, and visit various cities across England. Northampton itself is effortless to navigate, and is served by inexpensive buses.

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