Top 10 Things to do in Northampton, United Kingdom (UK)

January 23, 2018 Vivienne Hutton

Northampton /nɔːrθˈæmptən/ ( listen) is the county town of Northamptonshire in the East Midlands of England. It lies on the River Nene, about 67 miles (108 km) north-west of London and 50 miles (80 km) south-east of Birmingham. One of the largest towns in the UK, Northampton had a population of 212,100 in the 2011 census.
Restaurants in Northampton

1. 78 Derngate

78 Derngate, Northampton NN1 1UH, England +44 1604 603407
Excellent
75%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 512 reviews

78 Derngate

78 Derngate is the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It is now a multi award-winning visitor attraction offering an unforgettable day out in Northampton. Designed and remodelled by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1916, the house has been meticulously restored and opened to the public. On site: a boutique restaurant, light-filled art galleries, a stylish design shop and elegant spaces that can be hired for meetings, events and functions. 78 Derngate was the architect's final major commission; his visionary patron, Northampton model engineer, W.J Bassett-Lowke. It is the only place in the world where Mackintosh's mature architectural and interior style can be seen in their original setting. As such, the house has drawn many thousands of visitors from around the globe. Now you can follow in their footsteps and see this unique work from one of Britain's most influential and celebrated designers. Please note: To post a review for The Dining Room Restaurant ( a separate business ) you should search for their separate TripAdvisor page. Thankyou!

Reviewed By Graham B - Raunds, United Kingdom

Go and see this delight of interior design from a different age. The experience is heightened by the creativity of the curator, tour staff and the creativity of buying the house next door to 78. Our visit with our American friends was enhanced by the...MoreHello Graham B - We are so pleased you enjoyed your recent tour of 78 Derngate and do appreciate you taking the time to post these comments! It really is a special place and one we are lucky to have in Northampton!

2. Coton Manor Garden

Coton Manor Daventry | Daventry, Northampton NN6 8RQ, England +44 1604 740219
Excellent
77%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 356 reviews

Coton Manor Garden

Reviewed By panther606 - Northampton, United Kingdom

the kind of place you want visit throughout the year to see the seasonal changes. Really impressive effort by the owner and his staff and volunteers. Excellent food available at reasonable cost, as well as a good choice of plants in their nursery. Need to check opening times before visiting. And it has free parking

3. Castle Ashby Gardens

Castle Ashby, Northampton NN7 1LJ, England +44 7887 532578
Excellent
65%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 451 reviews

Castle Ashby Gardens

Castle Ashby Gardens is home to Parkland designed by Capability Brown, Formal Italian Gardens, an Arboretum, and a small Animal Menagerie. The Gardens are extremely well maintained and are among the best in the county. There is something here for everyone.

Reviewed By helenj21 - United Kingdom

We took a picnic and enjoyed an afternoon wandering around the beautiful Gardens at Castle Ashby, it’s very lovely and peaceful, a place to recharge ones batteries. The garden centre had a nice selection of plants, the staff there were very friendly and welcoming. There...MoreHelen, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to our Gardens and look forward to welcoming your back next season. We are confident you will enjoy our lovely food and service at the tearooms.

4. Stanwick Lakes

East Northamptonshire, Northampton, England +44 1933 625522
Excellent
63%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 770 reviews

Stanwick Lakes

Reviewed By Debbie F - Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

Really great for walking, especially for dog walkers. Great for running too. Lovely place to go for a picnic with the family or go to the nice café. Have been to one of the open air cinema evenings and had a fantastic time. I have a younger child and two teens, it's a nice place for us all to visit as a family

5. Abington Park

Abington Park, Northampton NN1 5LW, England
Excellent
59%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 302 reviews

Abington Park

Reviewed By shane s - Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

Abington park is a 5 minutes drive from the A45.
Parking is plentiful and we found spaces all around the park.
There are decent smaller walks,a lovely little cafe, the Abingdon museum(which was closed)and our favourite part..the Abingdon bird avary,and small area with budgies,peacocks and canaries but to name a few.
There is a decent children's play area and tennis courts as well as football player areas too.
Abington park is a cheap alternative and has plenty to keep the kids occupied for a while.
Visited 25th March 2018.

6. Royal & Derngate Theatre

Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP, England +44 1604 624811
Excellent
62%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 879 reviews

Royal & Derngate Theatre

Reviewed By _orlando_arnold - Almunecar, Spain

Went to see the RSC’s Hamlet at the weekend. Haven’t been to the Royal & Derngate for over 25 years. Extremely impressed with the decor, bar area and the theatre itself. A jewel tucked away in Northampton with great acoustics, marvellous views and comfortable Seating.

7. Pitsford Reservoir - Pitsford Water Park

Northampton Road | Holcot, Northampton NN6 9SJ, England +44 1604 889478
Excellent
47%
Good
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Satisfactory
11%
Poor
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4.5 based on 172 reviews

Pitsford Reservoir - Pitsford Water Park

Reviewed By Peter B

This reserve is easily accessible and provides year round walking and cycling facilities for all ages. High quality cycles are available for hire. The route around the Reservoir is firm underfoot and has spectacular views together with a variety of bird species to be seen or photographed. The cafe has a very good selection of food and beverages. For those with children there is a designated play area.

8. Phipps NBC - The Albion Brewery

54 Kingswell Street, Northampton NN1 1PR, England +44 1604 946606
Excellent
78%
Good
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Satisfactory
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5 based on 69 reviews

Phipps NBC - The Albion Brewery

Welcome to the Albion Brewery Bar, the most unusual new bar and venue in town. We are open from 12 everyday for fine ales, cider, lager, wines & spirits including Kingswell Gin distilled in the brewery. Our 8 hand pumps of cask ale feature Phipps, Hoggleys and a revolving guest ale. We have added an oak and glass partition between the bar and brewery so customers can view the brewing process as they drink and eat. Each day will bring a cabaret of mashing, sparging, racking and cleaning as Phipps staff go about their business of creating our beers. Almost all the bar's fittings are reclaimed with many coming from old closed Phipps pubs. Over the foyer there are new toilets including Disabled. We have kept the space true to its origins as a working brewhouse so you can drink ale with the smallest carbon footprint in the county but the biggest taste and the longest history. Hot food is available Wednesday to Sunday afternoon. There will be gigs and events as advertised.

Reviewed By ESP2006 - West Midlands

This watering hole is not too far out of the centre, being within easy walking distance. There are 8 pumps at the bar, including one cider, so I was guaranteed a decent choice.
I was a bit surprised to walk into this attractive brewery tap bar and find myself to be the only customer on a Tuesday afternoon. Maybe the drab and dreary damp June weather was to blame? Still, I got to have a pleasant chat with the friendly Northampton CAMRA branch representative (Chairman?) and learned a bit about the refurbished building and its unusual fireplace and more.
I sampled a couple of halves, receiving a 10% CAMRA member discount that made the cost of a pint a trim £3.15 by comparison with the £3.90 at the Wig & Pen. The Phipps' Becket's Ale and the Phipps' Black Star were enjoyable contrasting samples of their range. Must try more when I can.
OK, so I was the only customer, which gave me the opportunity to gaze and browse around the lofty and airy room. With large windows along the wall opposite the bar, there is plenty of light and all the woodwork (including furnishings) tends toward the mid and light brown - it gives a greater sense of space. I like all the Phipps and other brewerania that has been collected to adorn walls and ceiling. Not only that, but you can take a look through the large windowed doors into the brew area too. Without actually sampling the more popular times of the day, with a lack of soft furnishings to dampen the sound, I do wonder what the noise levels might be like when it's busy.
Sadly, they close for a couple of hours at 3-3.30pm (Mon-Thurs) so I needed to move on after drinking my two very acceptable halves of ale and wishing mine host a more numerous evening crowd.
I didn't do a brewery tour.
Well worth a return visit if back in the same neck of the woods.

9. Sywell Country Park

Washbrook Lane | Wellingborough, Ecton, Northampton NN6 0QX, England +44 1604 810970
Excellent
49%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
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4 based on 237 reviews

Sywell Country Park

Reviewed By chris504019 - Daventry, United Kingdom

My wife and grandchildren came with our daughter and we had a really good walk coupled with Jenny our dog. The half term gave us the chance to see my grandchildren they loved the ice cream afterwards. We shall come back again

10. The Pinnacle Climbing Centre

Unit 1 Minton Business Centre Main Road | Far Cotton, Northampton NN4 8ES, England +44 1604 875996
Excellent
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5 based on 56 reviews

The Pinnacle Climbing Centre

At the Pinnacle Climbing Centre we are passionate about the vertical arena and equally passionate about introducing non climbers to a life away from the ground. Our climbing halls have over 200 routes up to 12.5 meters high. Our bouldering room has over 70 problems. We cater for all ages with a range of sessions from tasters to beginners courses, kids clubs or birthday parties.

Reviewed By Phil L

Me and my partner thought it would be a good idea to have a quick taster session in rock climbing. Having done it very briefly, we wanted a “get an instructor and climb for an hour” sort of thing, rather than messing about with learning how to tie knots and harnesses. We did the climbing taster and it was exactly what we were after.
Our instructor was Will. He was very friendly and supportive, and gave us good tips for climbing, as well as some friendly chatting around hobbies while the other was up the wall!
The facilities were very good, the walls were all different with some basic, some technical and there was plenty of variation.
Overall I would highly recommend the climbing taster as it was very cheap for an hours climbing session with no messing around. You might think an hour is too much, but after going up and down the walls a few times you’ll be glad you didn’t book anything longer.

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