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Northampton Tourist Information & Travel Guide   by Jamie Watters

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Northampton is a large market town and the county town of Northamptonshire. It is in the East Midlands region of England, situated 108 km north of London on the River Nene.

During the 11th century the Normans built town walls and a large market grew under the stewardship of the Norman Earl Senlis. Later Northampton grew rapidly at the time of the Normans with the population reaching 1500 residents.

The town underwent rapid growth when new houses were built in housing estates at the beginning of the 20th century and by 1961 the population had increased to 100,000. Northampton Development Corporation was set up to increase the size of the town, targeting a population of 230,000 which was estimated to happen in 1981. But somehow the actual growth was much slower than they had planned for perhaps because of the emergence of its neighbor the new town of Milton Keynes.

Northampton is famous for Rugby, Cricket and Football. The league football club Northampton Town, also called as the Cobblers due to the town's long association with shoe making. Northampton Town plays at their new stadium at Sixfields Stadium on the edge of the town. This stadium has both an athletics track as well as a football ground which are both adjacent to each other. Northampton is today better known for its Rugby, Northampton's team is known as the "Saints." Probably their greatest moment was when they won the Heineken Cup in 2000 at Twickenham Stadium, beating their opponent Munster 9 - 8.

Cottesbrooke Hall and GardensOne of the main tourist attractions is "Cottesbrooke Hall and Gardens" This is a fine stately home that was built in 1702 with the "Arts and crafts garden" which was added in 1930. The garden is known as the pattern for Jane Austen's Mansfield Park. Althorp pronounced as "All - Thorp" is the country estate of the Spencer Family. Princess Diana grew up there and her brother the Earl Spencer now lives their and manages the estate.

The house was made originally of red brick and but later in the 18th century many modifications were made when Henry Holland was paid a huge commission for the task. Kelmarsh hall is an 18th century house which is built in a beautiful set of Romantic gardens. It is wonderful place to be when the garden is open to the public. Because of Kelmarsh's extensive parkland which is very attractive it is used for attractive outdoor events and shows.

Northampton is located near junctions 15, 15a, 16 of the M1 motorway. The 2 highways A45 and A43 go through the towns. The A45 goes through East Birmingham bypassing Coventry and Rugby. The A14 runs all the way to the port of Felixstowe.

In addition to great road connections Northampton has direct rail connections to London (Euston) and Birmingham. You can also get connecting trains to Liverpool, Manchester, North Wales, Crewe, Glasgow and the Lake District all on the West Coast Mainline.

I hope you enjoyed reading this tourist information and travel guide to Northampton. Please look out for the next instalment which will reveal some more interesting facts about my city.

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Express by Holiday Inn Northampton
Situated in the heart of the County of Spires and Squires Northampton, the Express by Holiday Inn Hotel is located in Grange Park and is only a short drive from Northampton's major business parks and town centre. The hotel is also at a distance of 6 kilometres from the train station.  Guests are offered bright, spacious and comfortable rooms that are equipped with all the essential amenities to satisfy both business and leisure travellers.  You can begin your day with delicious Continental buffet breakfast served at the hotel. The bar is an ideal place for a refreshing drink and also for meeting friends.
Hilton Hotel Northampton
Situated in Watering Lane, the Hilton Hotel Northampton is few minutes away from the Milton Keynes, Billing Aquadrome and Northampton Town Center, while the Luton Airport is 40 minutes away. The Althorp House, Collingtree Park Golf Club, Northampton Town Football Club and Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum are the major attractions in Northampton.  Designed for your comfort and convenience, the luxurious accommodation units are well-appointed and come with all the contemporary amenities to make your stay a memorable one.  Savour international cuisine at the on-site Seasons Restaurant. You can also enjoy a pre-dinner drink in the Court Bar or a coffee in Caffe Cino.
Holiday Inn Northampton
This Northampton hotel is close to Northampton Museum and Art Gallery and Northampton Guildhall. Holiday Inn Northampton has a fitness facility. Business amenities at this 4.0-star property include a business center, wireless Internet access (surcharge), meeting rooms for small groups, and business services. Holiday Inn Northampton has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. 24-hour room service is available. Event space measures 199.38 square meters. The staff can arrange dry cleaning/laundry services and currency exchange. Additional amenities include multilingual staff, air conditioning in public areas, and gift shops/newsstands. 
Marriott Northampton
This family-friendly hotel is located in the business district, in Northampton, close to Northampton Museum and Art Gallery and Northampton Guildhall. Marriott Northampton has a health club, an indoor pool, a spa tub, a steam room, and a sauna. This 4.0-star Northampton property features massage and treatment rooms. Business amenities at this 4.0-star property include a 24-hour business center, wireless Internet access, meeting rooms for small groups, and business services. Marriott Northampton has a bar/lounge and a coffee shop/café. Room service is available during limited hours.
Sedgebrook Hall Northampton
This spa hotel is located in Chapel Brampton. Area attractions include University of Northampton. Sedgebrook Hall has tennis courts, an indoor pool, a spa tub, a sauna, and a fitness facility. This 3.0-star Chapel Brampton property features spa services. Business amenities at this 3.0-star property include a business center, meeting rooms for small groups, and audio-visual equipment. Sedgebrook Hall has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Guests are served a complimentary breakfast each morning. This property provides a complimentary airport shuttle. 
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