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Guidebook for Northamptonshire

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Guidebook for Northamptonshire

Drinks & Nightlife
I wish I could select more than one category. This is a great traditional-style, friendly pub with food, music nights, comedy nights, quizzes. There's almost bound to be something on. Great atmosphere, all ages.
The Lamplighter
66 Overstone Rd
I wish I could select more than one category. This is a great traditional-style, friendly pub with food, music nights, comedy nights, quizzes. There's almost bound to be something on. Great atmosphere, all ages.
If you like gin, you'll love this place! Perfect for pres before the theatre or a film at the Errol Flynn
John Franklin's
21 Guildhall Rd
If you like gin, you'll love this place! Perfect for pres before the theatre or a film at the Errol Flynn
Home to regular Comedy Crate events. Guaranteed to raise a chuckle.
The Picturedrome
222 Kettering Rd
Home to regular Comedy Crate events. Guaranteed to raise a chuckle.
Sightseeing
Stunning stately home and grounds - the family home and burial place of Diana, Princess of Wales. Hosts literary and food festivals. Check website for opening - not all year round.
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Althorp Estate
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Stunning stately home and grounds - the family home and burial place of Diana, Princess of Wales. Hosts literary and food festivals. Check website for opening - not all year round.
Explore 900 years of history. Tours, tea rooms (including afternoon tea), parks to perambulate, a lake for a leisurely stroll. Also a shop and interesting events. Only 5 mins drive from Granary Cottage
Delapre Abbey
Explore 900 years of history. Tours, tea rooms (including afternoon tea), parks to perambulate, a lake for a leisurely stroll. Also a shop and interesting events. Only 5 mins drive from Granary Cottage
Opened by Tony Robinson of Time Team, this museum displays finds from the dig.
The Piddington Roman Villa Museum
Opened by Tony Robinson of Time Team, this museum displays finds from the dig.
The only Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed building in England. For all fans of design or history. Also has an excellent tea room and a little shop.
78 Derngate
78 Derngate
The only Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed building in England. For all fans of design or history. Also has an excellent tea room and a little shop.
A stunning Capability Brown landscape garden on a grand scale. You can easily spend the day here wandering the paths, enjoying the views, popping into the temples. There is a stylish cafe, a shop, a bookshop in a hayloft, a visitors centre. Picnics welcome too
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National Trust Stowe
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A stunning Capability Brown landscape garden on a grand scale. You can easily spend the day here wandering the paths, enjoying the views, popping into the temples. There is a stylish cafe, a shop, a bookshop in a hayloft, a visitors centre. Picnics welcome too
Elizabethan manor house run by National Trust and hosting a variety of events throughout the year. Cafe, shop, grounds. Enjoy getting there too through the country lanes.
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Canons Ashby
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Elizabethan manor house run by National Trust and hosting a variety of events throughout the year. Cafe, shop, grounds. Enjoy getting there too through the country lanes.
Arts & Culture
A great variety in one museum - from fossils to first World War with everything in between. An interesting building, trails for the kids and it's free. Then visit the aviary and the park cafe. A great afternoon out.
Abington Park Museum
A great variety in one museum - from fossils to first World War with everything in between. An interesting building, trails for the kids and it's free. Then visit the aviary and the park cafe. A great afternoon out.
A great, varied programme of touring shows, music and comedy. Always something of interest.
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Royal & Derngate
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A great, varied programme of touring shows, music and comedy. Always something of interest.
A fabulous filmhouse with special live screenings, a variety of interesting films, the best seats in town and a good bar. Highly recommended
Northampton Filmhouse
A fabulous filmhouse with special live screenings, a variety of interesting films, the best seats in town and a good bar. Highly recommended
Shopping
Don't just head to Milton Keynes, Bicester Shopping Village or Rushden Lakes! Northampton has some suprises up it's sleeve.
More than 100 traders over two floors offering everything vintage - furniture, clothes, vinyl and more. Plus a cafe for when the browsing gets too tiring.
Vintage Retreat
More than 100 traders over two floors offering everything vintage - furniture, clothes, vinyl and more. Plus a cafe for when the browsing gets too tiring.
An amazing farm shop - too much variety to try and describe. Great walks locally too.
Smiths Farm Shop
An amazing farm shop - too much variety to try and describe. Great walks locally too.
Northampton used to be the shoe capital of England and Church's can trace their history back to Cromwell's time. So they know a bit about shoes! Now part of the Prada group. Only 5 minutes away from Granary Cottage is the factory and shop. Oxfords and brogues!
Church's Factory Shop
Northampton used to be the shoe capital of England and Church's can trace their history back to Cromwell's time. So they know a bit about shoes! Now part of the Prada group. Only 5 minutes away from Granary Cottage is the factory and shop. Oxfords and brogues!
More shoes I'm afraid. Did I mention that Northampton was the shoe capital of the country?
Edward Green Shoes - Factory Shop
More shoes I'm afraid. Did I mention that Northampton was the shoe capital of the country?
A real record store. Alex the owner is also heavily involved in the local live music scene so pop in to pick up flyers for local events. Or check out his facebook page at Spiral Archive.
Spiral Archive
4-8 St Michael's Rd
A real record store. Alex the owner is also heavily involved in the local live music scene so pop in to pick up flyers for local events. Or check out his facebook page at Spiral Archive.
PIcturesque rural shopping village in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. Enjoy coffee and a cake or lunch, stroll through the gardens at Castle Ashby and browse the independant shops.
The Rural Shopping Yard at Castle Ashby
PIcturesque rural shopping village in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. Enjoy coffee and a cake or lunch, stroll through the gardens at Castle Ashby and browse the independant shops.
Entertainment & Activities
The nearest cinema to Granary Cottage . Has six screens showing the usual films, covered parking, you can nearly always get a seat. The screens are good sizes and there are VIP seats if you want extra comfort.
Vue Cinema Northampton
The nearest cinema to Granary Cottage . Has six screens showing the usual films, covered parking, you can nearly always get a seat. The screens are good sizes and there are VIP seats if you want extra comfort.
A great indoor climbing centre only 5 mins away from our cottage.
The Pinnacle Climbing Centre
A great indoor climbing centre only 5 mins away from our cottage.
A great way to work off some energy. Not just trampolines.
Boost Trampoline Parks
A great way to work off some energy. Not just trampolines.
One of the few working Art Deco pools in England. Also has Turkish hot rooms, steam room and a gym and fitness studio.
Trilogy Health & Fitness at Mounts Baths
One of the few working Art Deco pools in England. Also has Turkish hot rooms, steam room and a gym and fitness studio.
A real one-off. A theme park designed for families rather than thrill-seekers. A great day out with rides, activities, loads of outside space to run around, picnic or play in the sand pit! Hosts regular events such as Bonfire Night, Christmas shows. Where else can you enjoy rides in a Grade 2 listed Park & Garden?
Wicksteed Park
A real one-off. A theme park designed for families rather than thrill-seekers. A great day out with rides, activities, loads of outside space to run around, picnic or play in the sand pit! Hosts regular events such as Bonfire Night, Christmas shows. Where else can you enjoy rides in a Grade 2 listed Park & Garden?
Parks & Nature
Pitsford Water and country park is great for walking and cycling. There is also an adventure play area for children, a cafe for coffee and ice creams and events such as pond dipping.
Pitsford Water
Pitsford Water and country park is great for walking and cycling. There is also an adventure play area for children, a cafe for coffee and ice creams and events such as pond dipping.
Trails of different lengths. Free access. Cafe in garden centre across the road to refuel afterwards.
Harlestone Firs Forest Walk
44 Harlestone Rd
Trails of different lengths. Free access. Cafe in garden centre across the road to refuel afterwards.
The lower part of the trail is 5 mins walk from Granary Cottage - you can cycle or walk all the way to Market Harborough. Fortunately, there are a few pubs on the way!
Brampton Valley Way Parking
The lower part of the trail is 5 mins walk from Granary Cottage - you can cycle or walk all the way to Market Harborough. Fortunately, there are a few pubs on the way!
A gem of a park with a Victorian bandstand hosting regular music events in the summer, this offers so much more than your standard town park. There is a large varied play area for children, plenty of space, trees and lakes for those fancying a relaxing stroll, plus a great cafe, an interesting free museum (with children's activities), and an aviary. A firm family favourite but worth an hour or two of anyone's time.
Abington Park - West side
A gem of a park with a Victorian bandstand hosting regular music events in the summer, this offers so much more than your standard town park. There is a large varied play area for children, plenty of space, trees and lakes for those fancying a relaxing stroll, plus a great cafe, an interesting free museum (with children's activities), and an aviary. A firm family favourite but worth an hour or two of anyone's time.
Food scene
Places to eat (obviously!) and also places to buy local produce. Northampton has a great range of food to suit all tastes and budgets - including Turkish and Vietnamese - but our recommendations are either our personal favourites , the more unusual offerings or the ones that stand out for other reasons also, such as views or walks nearby. Why limit yourself to good food when you can have a great experience too!
You may not realise that Northampton has it's own vineyard! Open on Saturdays when you can buy their red or white wine, or the sparkling if it's a special occasion! Also has open days with music, food and, of course, wine. Glorious views over the Northamptonshire countryside. Like France but without the chore of crossing the Channel!
New Lodge Vineyard
You may not realise that Northampton has it's own vineyard! Open on Saturdays when you can buy their red or white wine, or the sparkling if it's a special occasion! Also has open days with music, food and, of course, wine. Glorious views over the Northamptonshire countryside. Like France but without the chore of crossing the Channel!
Our local so we may be biased but this is a lovely stone pub in a charming conservation area with home cooked food and a pretty beer garden. Best of all, if you are staying in Granary Cottage, it is only 1 min walk. Make mine a double!
The Wheatsheaf Pub & Dining Room
126 Dallington Rd
Our local so we may be biased but this is a lovely stone pub in a charming conservation area with home cooked food and a pretty beer garden. Best of all, if you are staying in Granary Cottage, it is only 1 min walk. Make mine a double!
2 AA rosettes and great value fixed price menus. One for foodies but a relaxed atmosphere to go with it. Only a mile from Granary Cottage so a perfect choice for an evening out.
The Hopping Hare
18 Hopping Hill Gardens
2 AA rosettes and great value fixed price menus. One for foodies but a relaxed atmosphere to go with it. Only a mile from Granary Cottage so a perfect choice for an evening out.
A stylish pub with fabulous views over the rolling Northamptonshire countryside from its' beer garden. Great food. Avoid the chains and enjoy the English pub experience - elevated to a different level and only a few minutes out of town.
Whyte Melville pub, church street Boughton NN2 8sf
A stylish pub with fabulous views over the rolling Northamptonshire countryside from its' beer garden. Great food. Avoid the chains and enjoy the English pub experience - elevated to a different level and only a few minutes out of town.