48 Hours in Northamptonshire

Welcome to Northamptonshire! The county is known for specialising in shoemaking for up to 900 years, and famous brands like Weetabix, Doc Marten and Carlsberg are made here.

Find an itinerary below as we plan to fill your boots with fun stuff that embraces the rich history.


Breakfast at Beckworth Emporium

Start the day with a cooked breakfast in the beautiful Glasshouse Restaurant at Beckworth, the restaurant itself serves a lovely breakfast between 8.30-11.00 am and then other types of food until around 4.30 pm. They have full meals, snacks, light bites a hot counter and even a spectacular roast on a Sunday! They have food options for all, whether you are vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free! After this you can take a look around the beautiful garden centre and even buy local produce from the food hall, they pride themselves on working with and supporting local businesses.


Afternoon walk at Brampton Valley Way

Northamptonshire is very rurally rich, with a lot of beautiful places to walk and explore. Brampton Valley Way is a family-friendly 14-mile cycle and footpath. It is built on an old, dismantled railway, which is one of the biggest in the country. You will take in all of the beautiful sites and see what Northamptonshire countryside has to offer.


A Late afternoon visit to Boughton House

Boughton House is a lovely stately home and garden located in Geddington, Northamptonshire. Why not book a house tour, they will show you around the beautiful interior of the house, and they have 3 particular tours which include: The Great Hall Tour, The State Room Tour, and Books, eds and Beyond. All of the tours include a look around the gardens and stable yard attractions. They also have a gift shop and a tearoom.

Dinner and a spa stay at Rushton Hall Hotel

Whether it’s a relaxing weekend stay, a spa visit or the delicious dining experience you are after, Rushton Hall Hotel offers it all. Rushton Hall is a beautiful grade 1 listed country house hotel near Kettering, Northamptonshire. It is 25 acres of picturesque grounds and 16th-century surroundings. They have been awarded 4 stars and 3 rosettes and an exquisite dining experience in their restaurant. They offer a wide range of treatments and facilities to put you into a deep relaxation. They have 51 beautiful rooms to suit any type of party, from family rooms to decadent doubles, all equipped with an ensuite.


A wander around Castle Ashby Gardens

If you are interested in history and lovely gardens, then this will be right up your street. Castle Ashby is an ancestral home owned by the 7th Marquess of Northampton. The estate itself is 10,000 acres and the garden is 35 acres and includes a combination of Italian-style gardens, an orangery, and an arboretum. As well as the pretty sites of the gardens there is also a children’s play area, tearoom, and gift shop, finish the visit with a trip to the deli. 


A mouthwatering trip to Sophia’s Northampton

For over 20 years, Sophia’s has served the Northampton people delicious food. What once started as a pizzeria has matured into a fine Mediterranean establishment. With a menu that suits many requirements. Their head chef Andrew has brought a contemporary style, taking the dishes to a new height. The reviews boast of lovely, hearty food, a rustic feel, a great environment, and friendly staff. This is not to be missed.


Catch a show at The Royal and Derngate

Why not visit the main venue in Northamptonshire for arts and entertainment? They have been entertaining audiences for 40 years and have hosted West End musicals, top stand-up comedians, sporting events, pop stars and world-class orchestras. It includes three main entertainment spaces, The royal auditorium, The Derngate auditorium and the Underground. It is also home to several bars, a box office, and meeting rooms. 


Written by Kayleigh Marshall

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