Sun setting over the rolling countryside of Northamptonshire, England
Occupying a special place in the Heart of England, Northamptonshire is a fantastic place for a wonderful holiday. If you love stately homes and beautiful gardens, you'll adore visiting places like Althorp House, Broughton Castle, Elton Hall and Rockingham Castle, while museums such as the Northampton Museum and Gallery, Sywell Aviation Museum, and Abington Park Museum celebrate the area's diverse history and significant contribution to the development of British manufacturing and wealth during the industrial revolution.
There are a fantastic choice for family days out in Northamptonshire. Silverstone has an exciting calendar of races in addition to hosting Formula One, including the British MotoGP series. One race track isn't enough for Northamptonshire - the county is also home to Europe's fastest racing circuit: Rockingham. Wicksteed Park offers adrenaline thrills of a different sort, with lots of rides as well as 147 acres of parkland, lakes, train, zip wire, tree top walk, animals and birds, or take your bike, the kids and the dog to places like Barnwell Country Park, Hunsbury Hill Country Park or Sywell Country Park.
In addition to Northampton, which is the county's largest town, Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough are all good choices for a day out, with a wide choice of shops and restaurants. Northampton Market has been held in the town since 1235, and there are also regular markets held at Brackley, Daventry, Corby and Thrapston.
With beautiful countryside punctuated with historic homes and meandering rivers, an impressive industrial past that has left a legacy of peaceful canals and impressive architecture, and a wealth of appealing towns, Northamptonshire is an excellent choice for a fun-filled holiday for all ages.
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