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A Guide to Northampton

Northampton is the country's third-largest town without official city status, a vibrant eight hundred year old country town, and a large and growing market town.
The history of the town has been long and varied, but it recent memory it has been known as the center of the country's shoe-making industry.
Though all but a few shoe sellers have left Northampton, the town remains the home of a thriving and bustling open-air market, one that offers some of the best shopping in the area.
From the market square, which is one of the largest in the country and dates to 1235, you can easily expand your shopping ventures to include access to retail outlet stores and small specialty shops.
The largest of these is Grosvenor Centre, built in the 1970s.
In a town with Northampton's history, however, shopping is just the tip of the iceberg and there is plenty to do and see while you are visiting.
Museums, Galleries, and Theaters oThe Northampton Museum and Art Gallery has a spectacular collection of shoes and other footwear as well as Italian art, glass, and ceramics oThere is a small historical museum in Abington Park oThe Derngate Theater, recently renovated oThe Royal Theater, also recently renovated oThe Deco, which has hosted the Beatles multiple times oThe Fishmarket Gallery, once the old fishmarket and now boasting three galleries, a café, and an arts studio among other attractions.
oThe Sanctuary, a contemporary gallery oThe Avenue Gallery, at the university oThe Roadmender, hosts touring bands and gigs Formal Parks oAbington Park, home to the Racecourse, which has hosted racing, the balloon festival, and also cricket in the past.
oDelapre Park oBradlaugh Fields oBecket's Park, named for Thomas Becket oBilling Aquadrome Historic Sites to See oNorthampton's oldest building, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre oAll Saint's Church, rebuilt by donation after the Fire of Northampton in 1675 oThe Guildhall o78 Derngate, containing an interior designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and open to the public oThe Express Lift Tower, also known as Cobbler's Needle and the Northampton Lighthouse oNorthampton Castle, now represented by a single remaining postern gate oThe Carlsburg UK Brewery oDelapre Abbey oThe Eleanor Cross at Hardingstone oNorthampton and County Club, with its medieval cellars In recent years, the town of Northampton has been growing by leaps and bounds, largely due to the well-planned expansion of the New Towns Commission in the early 1960's.
As a result, there has never been a better time to visit this bustling and lively area.
With the recent renovations, the town has come to vibrant life and there are all sorts of things for the day-tripper and the casual tourist to do and see while in the area.

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