Northampton, not a place you’d associate with top attractions. But don’t be fooled, despite what people may think, Northampton is actually filled with incredible attractions, from Althorp House; the home of Princess Diana, to Silverstone racecourse. In this blog, our budget Northampton hotel explores some of the town’s top attractions. Read on for more...
The childhood home of Princess Diana, Althorp House is a must-visit attraction on your trip to Northampton. Built in 1508, the house is still home to the Spencer family, and is currently occupied by Charles, Viscount Althorp, Ninth Earl Spencer. The ultimate destination for history lovers, Althorp showcases one of Europe’s finest collections of paintings, furniture and ceramics, across 90 rooms.
[photo credit: Althorp House]
Sulgrave Manor is a Tudor and Georgian House, built by George Washington’s five times great grandfather, Lawrence Washington, in the mid-1500s. Many of the original Tudor features still stand in the house, like the Great Hall where Lawrence, his wife and children once lived. The manor is brought to life with costumed interpreters, interactive games and engaging displays. The gardens are just as equally stunning, designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield in the 1920s, visitors can see topiary, an orchard, herb garden and beautiful flowers.
[photo credit: Sulgrave Manor]
The home of F1, Silverstone is the place to go for motor racing fans. Here you can learn all about the history of the British Grand Prix, which dates back to 1948, watch professionals take to the track or have an adrenaline-fuelled day on a driving experience! To see what’s coming up at Silverstone, click here for a full event calendar! On your marks, get set, GOOO!
The only house in England created by Charles Rennie Mackintosh; one of Scotland’s most influential creative figures, 78 Derngate is a fascinating hidden gem in Northampton. Noted for its interior, which was largely remodelled by Mackintosh, the house is a Grade II listed building owned by Northampton Borough Council. The house is open to the public and features a programme of inspiration art exhibitions in its two galleries.
[photo credit: 78 Derngate]
Meet the animals at Whipsnade Zoo. One of the UK’s biggest zoos, Whipsnade is home to over 200 species and serves as a fun day out for the whole family! With a number of enclosures, as well as an aquarium, you’ll have no trouble getting up and close with a number of beautiful animals. Like every year, the zoo has welcomed some new arrivals this year, such as Maui, the adorable sea lion pup, and Khari, the baby giraffe!
[photo credit: ZSL Whipsnade]
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We stopped here on the way back from Silverstone to use the hotel's rapid charger and have a bite to eat.
Really impressed with the reception staff, hotel cleanliness in the lobby and the quality of food.
We enjoyed our brief 40 minute stay here so much we are considering staying here in the future for when we fly in and out of luton - which we do very often!
Can recommend the fish and chips and the lasagne.
Driver Friendly hotel too - serve becks blue behind the bar.
Im a lady on my own travelling from Spain to UK, hotel staff were exceptional I got back late last night so i had to use the carpark at the back and it was dark so the receptionist walked with me to my car shed only been working there a week so thank you so much ,the man on reception was really kind ,polite and helpful ,I would recommend to any ladies travelling alone it feels safe and clean loved it ,I'm also gluten and lactose intolerant and they even had gluten free food brilliant thank you and I will be defiantly be back.
Pleasant and efficient reception. It was a Sunday evening, and the hotel was very quiet with few fellow guests. Our twin room was on the ground floor. There were two comfortable chairs, a workbench, two very small bedside tables, and a wardrobe. The bathroom had a walk in shower. All quite compact.
The bar/restaurant was in the open lobby style. We had a good evening meal there.
Breakfast had a good choice, well maintained by a very cheerful chef. Fried or poached eggs were made to order, which helped keep things fresh.
Very good value for money.
Just an overnight stay for a wedding at nearby Dodmoor Barn. Hotel easy to find of M1, clean and tidy, staff friendly, large rooms well fitted with every thing you need. Breakfast excellent with options for all.
Stayed here for one night. Rooms comfortable and Clean. We were able to check in earlier to get ready without any fuss. Great Breakfast included. Hotel near M1 so very convenient but in a countryside location.
This is one of the nicest Holiday Inn's I've stayed at - can hardly fault it at all!
Special mention to the man who checked us in on Saturday evening, and the man serving in the restaurant that night. Both offered some of the nicest hotel service I've ever known. The receptionist took time to tell us a bit about things in the local area, and helped us make sure we get the best out of our stay. The waiter/bar man made the meal really special. There was a slight delay preparing some of the food, but the way he handled the situation was perfect. The food was all very tasty too - I had the Club Sandwich, and sticky toffee pudding for dessert. All tasted delicious.
The room and the whole hotel is clean, modern and comfortable. Felt very welcoming. The car park is big and free, and there was plenty of spaces available.
So happy I booked a couple of stays here, so am really looking forward to coming back in a few weeks' time. Thanks to all the staff for making it such a great weekend.
Lots of parking spaces neat to hotel and offered FCO. The welcome / meet and greet was good. Nice bar and bar meal offerings. Room clean and in good decorative order. Wifi good and intuitive to connect to. Lots of access to power points in room. Location of hotel good, very useful for an early train ride from Milton Keynes to London. Communal areas in good order, all in all, left refreshed and happy. Easy to find on Google maps. Will visit again.
Went here with a friend for a chill out. Staff were really friendly and helpful. Close to the M1 but lovely and quiet.
Rooms were lovely and clean. Ordered room service and this was brought up on time. Well worth a visit. Close to other towns and not far from Silverstone.