Dubbed the county of squires and spires due to its wide variety of historic buildings and country houses, Northamptonshire is at the crossroads of central England. From castles built by William the Conqueror to beautiful Georgian squares and magnificent churches, you'll find wealth of historical interest here.
The county town of Northampton has a fine market square and is home to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of only four remaining round churches in England. During the 18th and 19th century the town became industrialised and for at least one hundred years was the boot and shoe making capital of the world. There are many beautiful smaller market towns and villages in the county too and visitor attractions as diverse as motor racing at Silverstone and horse racing at Towcester. From famous annual events like the Grand Prix or Burghley Horse Trials to one-off concerts and rallies, there is always something to entertain you and no shortage of opportunities for shopping or eating out either.
The Northamptonshire countryside is a pleasant surprise too for those who don't know it. Long distance footpaths criss cross with inland waterway and winding country lanes in what is sometimes described as a little known rural oasis. Whether on a brisk winter walk or a gentle stroll in warmer weather there's no better place to distance yourself from the stresses of the modern world.