Northamptonshire Visitor information
An Introduction to Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire, although its county town of Northampton was denied city status, has many towns including Brackley, Corby, Kettering, Oundle, Rushden, Silverstone, Towcester and Wellingborough. Northamptonshire is often called the county of "squires and spires" due to its wide variety of historic buildings and country houses. The county is in central England and boasts the shortest county border, of just 19 metres, with Lincolnshire.
Things to do in Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire is home to Silverston Circuit and Rockingham Castle, as well as the 18th Century Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens. Cottesbrooke Hall dates from 1702 and Wicksteed Park covers 147 acres. Althorp house opens 19 of it's rooms to visitors and it's grounds are open to explore with a special Diana exhibition.
Getting to Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire is serviced by Mainline rail services that operate frequent services to London and to Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester and beyond. Mainline services run from Northampton, Wellingborough and Kettering stations and London Midland services run from Northampton.
The M1 runs north-south through the middle of the county from London, which is an hours drive, to Leeds and the M6, M40 and M45 give access to the west of the county with the A1 running along the eastern border of the county.
By Coach and Bus
National Express run coaches all over the county. There are many bus operators throughout Northamptonshire including Stagecoach.
London Luton is only 38 miles from Northamptonshire. Both Birmingham and Nottingham East Midlands are slightly further.