Places to Visit and Days out in Northamptonshire:

Althorp | Billing Aquadrome | Broughton House | Canons Ashby | Coton Manor Gardens | Deene Park | East Carlton Country Park | Fineshade Wood | Holdenby House | Hunsbury Hill Industrial Museum | Kirkby Hall | Lamport Hall | Rockingham Castle | Rushton Triangular Lodge | Saxon Churches | Sulgrave Manor | Waterways Museum | Wicksteed Park


A medieval mansion that has been the home of the Spencer family since 1508, the most famous member of which was Princess Diane.

Billing Aquadrome

A series of nine lakes alongside a fast-flowing section of the river Nene.

Broughton House

Built in the style of a French chateau. A colonnade of eight archways at the main entrance sets a classical tone. The 17th-century house was transformed from a 15th-century monastery. It is a treasure house of fine art.

Canons Ashby

16th century ironstone and brick manor house.

Coton Manor Gardens

17th century manor house looking down on a peaceful ten acre garden, located on a stunning hillside position. The garden is landscaped on several levels, comprising a series of smaller gardens, which provide variety and interest throughout the year. The gardens are graced by flowing streams, ponds and fountains. Outside the garden is a five acre bluebell wood and a wildflower meadow.

Deene Park

Georgian mansion set in extensive grounds. Open to the public at limited times during the summer months.

East Carlton Country Park

Just a few miles away from the once steel industry capital of Corby, the 100 acre park is a peaceful place, with large areas of woodland, parkland and ponds.

Fineshade Wood

Fineshade Wood

Part of Rockingham Forest, Fineshade Wood is rich mixed native broad-leaf and conifer woodland with trackways for both cyclists and walkers. The site includes a visitors centre and café, with cycle hire. An ideal place to visit for a great family day out.

Opening times: visitor centre open daily between 10am - 5pm. Free Entry
Location: NN17 3BB (between Stamford and Corby, sign posted from the A43) - Tel: 01780 444920
Email: Website
Facilities: parking, caravan site, café, family picnic areas, children's adventure playground, cycle hire (plus bicycle repair).

Holdenby House

Built in 1580. Charles I was held prisoner there before his execution.

Hunsbury Hill Country Park

Located approximately 2 miles from Northampton town centre, 38 hectares in area and dominated by the crown of an Iron Age hill fort on the crest of Hunsbury Hill. The former iron works is now a railway museum, which includes engine & rolling stock.

Kirby Hall

A fascinating Elizabethan house with ornate architecture and formal gardens.

Lamport Hall

Grade I listed house open to the public (summer opening only). The gardens and parkland are as impressive as the house.

Rockingham Castle

A royal fortress built for William the Conqueror. Granted by Queen Elizabeth I to Edward Watson, whose descendants have lived there ever since. To the north of Corby, Rockingham Castle stands on the summit of a hill above the River Welland, its Norman gatehouse and Hall entrances are well preserved. The rest of the building has Elizabethan restoration and 19th-century architecture. Set in extensive gardens from an formal Italian Garden to a very unusual topiary. The village of Rockingham, on the slope below the castle, has many 15th to 17th century houses, built almost entirely in local ironstone.

Rushton Triangular Lodge

Built in 1593, the lodge has three sides, three triangular gables on each side and a three-sided chimney. Biblical quotations in Latin are sculpted in a frieze, consisting of 33 letters. Each side of the building is 33 feet long. The lodge was used by the keeper of the rabbits on Sir Thomas Tresham's estate.

Saxon Churches

Brixworth and Earls Barton possess two of the most important Saxon churches in Europe. Fotheringhay has a large collegiate church.

Southwick Hall

Dating from the 14th Century, the Hall emptiness the development of a manor house. It has been the ancestral home of three inter-related families, many rooms are open to the public, including an exhibition of Victorian clothes worn by members of the Capron family. Open to the public at limited times during the summer months.

Sulgrave Manor

The ancestral home of George Washington, the first President of the USA. Built in 1560 by Lawrence Washington, it is one of the few English country homes to fly the American flag.

Waterways Museum

Located in a restored cornmill in the picturesque village of Stoke Bruerne, an ideal place to enjoy and experience the canal industry.

Wicksteed Park

Small leisure park with rides and attractions for children.

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