Exciting Places to Visit in Northampton

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With its rich history, Northampton is a real jewel of a place, its a great place to live, and if you are considering moving here you use this small guide as a reference for lots of great places to go and visit, here are a few of our favourites:

Northampton might not strike you as the most obvious place for enjoying outdoor adventures, however this town has some unexpected gems. I know I’m biased as it’s my hometown, but hopefully I can persuade you of its hidden depths!

Hunsbury Hill Country Park

Hunsbury Hill Country Park is a great place to visit, with its wide open spaces, a play area and even a cafe it’s got something to cater to all tastes.  Surrounded by a house estate its very unassuming in nature, but don’t let that fool you, its steeed with history, which includes the remains of a fort from the iron ages, and it is also the home of the Ironstone railway trust, which includes a small railway and museum, Hunsbury hill is definitely worth the visit!

Abington Park

This is perhaps the best known and well used park in Northampton, its town centre location and the sheer amount of facilities it has makes it the perfect place to relax and unwind while the kids go off to play.

There’s a park, 2 lakes, a cafe, a museum and even an aviary! with lots of open spaces to burn off excess energy, they have a bandstand there too which plays host every sunday during the summer to a wide range of music acts, great free entertainment!

Autumn in the Park really does make it look like a postcard picture, the residents of Northampton are extremely lucky to have access to such a beautiful place.

 

The Racecourse

This might be an odd addition to the list, when you consider the racecourse has a bad reputation and definitely an unsavoury history, however its definitely nothing short of impressive, covering 118 acres its without a doubt the biggest sports facility outdoors in Northampton.  It has a multitude of Rugby and Football teams and also hosts the Park Run every weekend, there are also a great many play areas which makes it invaluable when you have children, its great to let them play and tire themselves out having fun.

 

Delapré Abbey

Delapré Abbey is situated around 1 mile from Northamptons town centre, so easily within walking distance for those wanting to explore some of the more historical aspects of this lovely english town.  Originating as a Cluniac nunnery in the 12th century this stunning Abbey has since become a family home, then it was requisitioned by the war office, followed by its use as the record office for Northamptonshire and now finally to be opened as a visitor attraction just this year in 2017. Visitors here will be able to get a great overview of the history of the Abbey, discovering its early life as a medieval monastic property, and being brought uptodate with developments on its restoration. If you are a visitor to the town it would be highly recommended for you to visit this stunning piece of history.

 

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