The sights and sounds of Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire is in the very heart of England and offers something for everyone who visits or lives here.

The road and rail links make it easy to find your way around. You can choose to step into the traditional rural lifestyle typified by Northamptonshire’s numerous pretty villages with their thatched cottages, country lanes and parish churches. Or at the other end of the spectrum, Northamptonshire offers many modern attractions and facilities, and holds the accolade of hosting one of the most thrilling Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Northamptonshire is home to some of the most beautiful country sites in England. There are miles of walks, beautiful country parks, canals and substantial areas of ancient woodland just waiting to be explored. Miles of cycle path follow the landscape of the Brampton Valley Way. Rockingham Castle perches on its hilltop with views stretching to Rutland Water. Stately homes and ancestral seats, including that of the Spencer family at Althorp, are all part of the local heritage. The network of canals that interweave the county are perfect for exploring, with cruisers able to stop to sample the hospitality of the old navigational inns along the way.

In and around the main market towns there are excellent leisure facilities with great shops, restaurants, museums, galleries, theatres and cinemas, health clubs and spas, and a thriving nightlife for anyone with the energy.

Shopping in Northamptonshire

Grosvenor Centre, 1 Union Street, Northampton, NN1 2EW

01604 637268

Containing a wide range of high street shops and department stores, the Grosvenor Centre puts the pleasure back into shopping. Situated in the heart of Northampton, the large two level complex is linked to an extensive short stay car park. Northampton town centre has over 20 car parks with 6,000 spaces, all no more than a 6-minute walk from the main shopping thoroughfare. All of the car parks are patrolled and have CCTV security.

As well as the large department stores, the Grosvenor centre consists of many smaller individual speciality shops offering all possible goods. The two levels are easily accessible with the use of the stairs, escalators, and modern lifts also designed to carry to and from the car park attached. There are disabled facilities, refreshment facilities, and transport facilities all linked within the complex making it a pleasant and convenient place to shop.

The Grosvenor Centre is surrounded by shopping streets and leads onto the Market Square which hosts a general market from Tuesday to Saturday, with a fruit and veg market on Monday.

The Grosvenor Centre is open until 8.00pm throughout the week although some shops close at 5.30pm. It is open on selected Sundays throughout the year.

Peacock Place, Northampton

Peacock Place, 31 Market Square, Northampton, NN1 2DP

01604 233034

A neighbour of the Grosvenor Centre, Peacock Place is a two level complex, newly decorated with a warm atmosphere. It includes high street shops and smaller, individual retailers. With the use of a modern glass lift, the two floors are easily accessible offering disabled facilities.

Peacock Place also offers refreshment facilities and access to the main shopping streets of Abington Street and Market Square.

Open until 8.00pm during the week and on selected Sundays during the year.

Weston Favell Centre, Northampton

Weston Favell Shopping Centre, Wellingborough Road, Weston Favell, Northampton, NN1 5JX

01604 411521

Modern facilities with a warm atmosphere

Weston Favell Centre has a modern feel with a warm and relaxing atmosphere.

The centre’s main store is Tesco Extra around which you’ll find over 50 other shops, various banks, a library and post office. In the centre of the mall there are also smaller speciality shops ideal for gift ideas.

There are both disabled facilities and refreshment outlets and free parking is provided in a large purpose built car park with 1000 spaces.

The centre is open Monday to Saturday from 9am until 5.30pm. Tesco is open Monday to Friday, 8am until 10pm and on Saturday from 7.30am until 10pm. On Sundays, the complex and Tesco are open from 10am until 4pm.