Northamptonshire, or Northants is the southernmost county of East Midlands in England. It is populated by some 629,000 people and covers 2,364 square kilometer land area. The largest and most populous town is Northampton. The county used to rely on its shoe-manufacturing industry, but now it is almost gone. Major employers located in Northamptonshire today include Weetabix, Carlsberg, Siemens, and Daventry International Railfreight Terminal. This is one of the regions called the “Motorsport Valley”, because it is a hub for the motorsport industry.
The county of Northamptonshire, with its impressive road links, offers something for everyone. Tagged as the “Rose of the Shires”, step into its charming villages with stalked cottages, narrow roads and churches. On the other end, you can also enjoy its modern attractions, but the picturesque countryside will make you want to visit Northants more. Families should visit the Wicksteed Park for its rides and attractions, while historic travelers must explore the Althorp House, the Broughton Castle or the Cottesbrooke Hall and Gardens.
Some of the award-winning country parks in Northampton include the Barnwell Country Park and the Brampton Valley Way, but there are more to discover. Each park is unique in its own way and offers a range of activities fit for all ages. Get to the county easily, for it is intersected by different roads including the M1, A5, M1-A1 and A14 link roads.
Rockingham Castle – Built under the reign of William the Conqueror in the 11th century, the Norman castle served as a royal residence. The remarkable castle has Norman walls and surrounded by wild gardens. It is now open for group visits, private hire and events such as weddings.
Althorp House – Althorp House is the family residence of the Spencers for almost 5 centuries, spanning 20 generations. It is renowned for its painting, porcelain and furniture collections. It also displays an exhibit celebrating the life of Princess Diana.
Closest Airport: Northamptonshire Luton Airport – 41.0 Miles
Closest City Centre: Northampton – 12.5 Miles
Closest must see location outside Northamptonshire: Warwickshire – 29.6 Miles