Northamptonshire or ‘The Rose of the Shires’ is a county in the East Midlands of England, just 60 miles from London and comprising several pretty villages and market towns including Kettering, Northampton, Wellingborough, Corby, Rushden, Daventry, Rushby, Brackley and Desborough. Of its population of 723,000, the most populous area can be found in the large market town of Northampton, and it’s no surprise why. With beautiful historic sites and landmarks (such as Althorp House, Delapre Abbey and Derngate), award-winning regional theatre at Royal & Derngate and beautiful walks to be found around Stanwick Lakes, Pitsford Reservoir and Abington Park, this ancient town is brimming with activity.
Like Northampton, the county offers much to be explored. Famous as the origin of Britain’s shoe-making industry, Northamptonshire is regarded as the world’s shoe-making capital of the world - with a thriving shoe-making industry dating back 900 years. If you want to learn more about this fascinating local industry and find out where Prince Charles gets his footwear, take a tour with The English Shoe Tour Company.
A visit to Northamptonshire would not be complete without a Traditional Northamptonshire Afternoon Tea in the famous ‘foodie county’. Whilst the county has many fantastic places to try, Rowell’s Rolls in Rothwell comes with all the trimmings and is a particular favourite with locals.