The Nobility of Northampton
Northampton is an area strongly associated with nobility and opulence due to the plethora of stunning stately homes that reside within its province. The picturesque gardens of the afore mentioned homes prove a wonderful place to wander and relax, whereas the cosmopolitan glamour of the city centre increases the pace for those seeking excitement and exuberance.
Return to the Regal Regency Period
The majestic mansion of Allthorp House lies 5 miles north of Northampton's metropolitan city centre and has been home to the esteemed Spencer family for over 500 years and through 20 generations. The beautiful, verdant surroundings are the perfect place in which to kick start your visit to Northhampton; wander the opulent interiors to admire captivating collections of paintings, furniture and porcelain that span centuries. Visitors prepared to make the slightly longer journey to Cottesbrooke Hall and Gardens will certainly reap aesthetic rewards; the magnificent Queen Anne House dates back to 1702 and it set against a dramatic backdrop of breathtakingly beautiful gardens. 300 year old cedar trees line quaint pathways bordered with herbaceous beauty and verdant splendour; inside the house are glittering collections of bronze and portraits.
Northampton boasts a wonderful wealth of intriguing museums that visitors can lose themselves with for hours at a time. Begin cultivating your culture at the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, which houses eclectic exhibitions detailing the past, present and future of the thriving city. The museum pays homage to the city's title of Britain's boot and shoe capital by housing the largest collection of footwear in the world! Other exhibits include a history and prehistoric archaeology of Northampton and fascinating examples of historic leather craft. Take a break for lunch and enter the inviting warmth of The Olde Coach House to sip sweet tea or refreshing ale beside the charming pub's roaring fire. The innovative sandwich menu is guaranteed to satisfy and delight with the creative combinations of spicy meatball and mozzarella, rump steak and mushroom and smoked salmon and chive cream cheese.
Formula One enthusiasts will delight in Northampton's close proximity to the world renowned Silverstone Race Track. Visitors will grasp the opportunity to visit the iconic track and discover the intriguing history on a guided tour; those craving an unforgettable experience will jump at the chance to get behind the wheel of a genuine racing car and speed around the serpentine track. For your last supper in Northampton, venture into the more rural area of the Northamptonshire countryside for an unforgettable dining experience in the 400 year old Red Lion Pub. Sink into the sumptuous depths of a leather armchair beside the fire, sipping on a robust glass of red wine and perusing the mouthwatering menu. Sample the simple yet stunning flavours of poached salmon, steak and Stilton pie, venison loin and winter vegetable stew before enjoying a sweet conclusion of cherry pancakes or chocolate and hazelnut brownie.