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Historic Building in Northamptonshire

Althorp House

The ancestral home of the Spencer family, Althorp House – pronounced 'altrup' – is the final resting place of Diana, Princess of Wales, commemorated by a memorial. The outstanding art collection features works by Ru…
Historic Building in Northamptonshire

Sulgrave Manor

This impressively preserved Tudor mansion was built by Lawrence Washington in 1539. The Washington family lived here for almost 120 years before Colonel John Washington, the great-grandfather of America’s first pres…
Museum in Stoke Bruerne

Canal Museum

A converted corn mill houses the entertaining Canal Museum, which charts the history of the canal network and its bargemen, lock keepers and pit workers. Scale models abound; outside you can see the historic narrowb…
Church in Northampton

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is one of the few surviving round churches in the country. It was founded when the first earl of Northampton returned from the Crusades in 1100.
Sports in Northamptonshire

Formula One British Grand Prix

Motoring fans won't want to miss the Formula One British Grand Prix, which roars around Silverstone Circuit, near Towcester, for three days in early July.
Pub Food in Stoke Bruerne

Boat Inn

A canal-side landmark, this sociable local pub has a relaxed bistro and more formal restaurant and a great range of ales.
Church in Northampton

St Peter's Church

West of the central Market Sq, St Peter's Church is a marvellous Norman edifice built in 1150 and adorned with ancient carvings. The sign on the door tells you where you can collect the key to peek inside, or phone …
Church in Northampton

All Saints' Church

Constructed after the 1675 fire, All Saints' Church owes an obvious debt to the churches built by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London, with an ornate barrel-vaulted ceiling and dark-wood organ and re…
Modern European in Northampton

Church Bar & Restaurant

At this superbly converted old church, you can dine on modern European cooking (bookings recommended), or sip a cocktail under the stained-glass windows in the bar. Gluten- and/or dairy-free dishes are available.
Museum in Northampton

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Even those without a shoe fetish will get a kick out of the displays at this century-and-a-half-old museum, where you can learn about the history of shoemaking and footwear fashions.