The county of Northamptonshire might not be the first place you would think of for a UK short break, but the county is full of hidden gems and wonderful attractions that will keep you and your little ones entertained all weekend. In this blog, our Northampton hotel explores Northamptonshire’s hidden gems.
Apparently, llamas are this year’s unicorn’s, so stay on fleek and take your kids for a day out they will love. Llama trekking is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon, grab the kids and explore the wilds with a lovely llama in tow. You can’t actually ride them, but these gentle inquisitive animals will happily carry your bag and turn an ordinary country walk into an unforgettable experience. Booking is essential and 5-14-year olds go free when accompanied by an adult.
Ever fancied yourself an action-man or woman? Then Tanks-alot is the experience for you! A day like no other where you get to experience driving and shooting one of many tanks and other armoured vehicles. Choose from a full or half day experience where you can test your skills across challenging courses at the 100-acre venue and enjoy a tour of the well-equipped armoury. Find out more here
Sitting on the grounds of a former priory this magnificent Tudor mansion and gardens is not to be missed when staying at our budget hotel in Northampton. The house its self was built in the 17th century, but the history of the site dates back to the 12th. Learn about the Dryden family who can trace their history back over 400 years and about the priory that has been on the site for around 900 years. Find out about the canons who lived at the priory and their not so saint-like behaviour – beer drinking was a regular occurrence, so the monks had to be rationed to… twenty pints per day!
Holiday Inn Northampton West is an affordable hotel just two minutes from Junction 16 of the M1. To check availability, click here or call
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.