Home to beautiful neo-Gothic buildings and some of England’s best public parks, the charming town of Northampton is a great short break destination for solo travellers and couples alike.
Boasting excellent scenery, wonderful shopping, and some of the best camping sites in England, there’s never a shortage of things to do in Northampton. Discover four of the town’s best activities for couples in this quick and simple travel guide.
1. Enjoy a walk in the park
Abington Park has a unique claim to fame – unlike Northampton’s other parks, it sits on what was once an incredible medieval village. The park is Northampton’s largest and offers a great combination of stunning scenery and interesting local history.
Enjoy a walk in the park, a tour of the 500-year-old Abington Park Museum, or a look at the ancient medieval village that sits inside the park. Abington Park is easy to access from anywhere in Northampton, making it a great scenic escape for couples seeking peace, quiet, and natural beauty.
2. Go on a camping trip
Billing Aquadrome, one of the UK’s top holiday parks, is located outside the town of Northampton. A great destination for couple’s breaks, the park covers 235 acres of beautiful local countryside.
From scenic walks to fresh country air, camping in Northamptonshire is a fantastic option for adventurous couples seeking something unique, exciting and refreshing during their time away from work.
3. Watch a show together
Northampton is home to two great theatres, the Royal and Derngate. Once separate, the theatres are now jointly run. Local plays and musicals are performed on a frequent basis, making Northampton a wonderful destination for lovers of drama.
Prefer your entertainment on the silver screen? Visit the Errol Flynn Filmhouse off Derngate in central Northampton. Run by the same team as the Royal and Derngate, the Errol Flynn Filmhouse plays indie films and Hollywood blockbusters in a fantastic modern cinema.
4. Shop in the city centre
Northampton is a great place to shop. Known for its shoemaking, the town still has a few vintage shoemakers dating back as far as the 18th century. Abington Street is the town’s main commercial shopping street, boasting well-known retailers and local boutiques.
Searching for a historical shopping experience? Visit Northampton Market, located on Market Street, to experience one of England’s oldest street markets.
From shopping to scenery, Northampton has a lot to offer
Searching for the perfect couple’s break? Northampton’s excellent blend of scenic countryside, wonderful boutique shopping, and great food makes it a wonderful place to spend your next long weekend.
‘Gareth O’Rourke is the e-marketing manager and a regular blogger for Billing Aquadrome.’