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Things to do in Northampton

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Theatre
“A great, varied programme of touring shows, music and comedy. Always something of interest. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Cinema
“The nearest cinema to Granary Cottage . Has six screens showing the usual films, covered parking, you can nearly always get a seat. The screens are good sizes and there are VIP seats if you want extra comfort. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
History Museum
“A great variety in one museum - from fossils to first World War with everything in between. An interesting building, trails for the kids and it's free. Then visit the aviary and the park cafe. A great afternoon out. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Cinema
“A fabulous filmhouse with special live screenings, a variety of interesting films, the best seats in town and a good bar. Highly recommended”
  • 4 locals recommend
Street Address
“78 Derngate is a fantastic Grade II listed building designed by influential designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. There are guided tours available with a wonderful tea room located on the ground floor. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bakery
“Beautiful coffee house with delicious home made food and snacks! Definitely worth a visit! Their sausage rolls are to die for and I love the coconut milk hot chocolate here! ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Nature
“Explore 900 years of history. Tours, tea rooms (including afternoon tea), parks to perambulate, a lake for a leisurely stroll. Also a shop and interesting events. Only 5 mins drive from Granary Cottage”
  • 4 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Old railway line from Market Harborough to Northampton that’s now a bike track. Some tunnels you need lights for. Place to start is MH near Sainsbury’s or join at Arthingworth. About 20m long I think. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Route
  • 2 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Abington Park is a beautiful location in Northampton which has large open grounds, a bird sanctuary, independent cafe & museum. Most notably, the museum here regularly is free and holds frequent events. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Fancy some Premiership Rugby? Franklin's Gardens is less just over 21 miles away.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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  • 2 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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  • 2 locals recommend
Bakery
“Charming bakery and coffee house with a lot of space to hang around. I like that this is a social business which aims to provide real employment opportunities to vulnerable local women...”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Store
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“I wish I could select more than one category. This is a great traditional-style, friendly pub with food, music nights, comedy nights, quizzes. There's almost bound to be something on. Great atmosphere, all ages. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Dinner only, we can call for reservations (needed in summer). Tapa menu, full bar”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“2 AA rosettes and great value fixed price menus. One for foodies but a relaxed atmosphere to go with it. Only a mile from Granary Cottage so a perfect choice for an evening out. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“The Smoke Pit (we think) has the best BBQ & smoked meat in Northampton. It's a cool setting, perfect for groups of friends to visit and hang out together. They also have a great milkshake menu! ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend

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