From cultural pursuits and culinary hotspots to schooling options, Winkworth’s guide takes you through the very best Northampton has to offer
Northampton is a town located in the East Midlands, in the county of Northamptonshire.
Northampton Market Square, one of the oldest and largest in England, plays host to fruit, vegetable and flower stalls each Monday, with general markets running from Tuesday through to Saturday.
Also worth a visit is Northampton Farmers’ Market, which takes place each Saturday morning from the springtime and has been running for forty years.
Those looking for culture can visit the stately home Althorp House, which was Princess Diana’s home after her parents divorce until she married Prince Charles. Closer to the centre of Northampton, visitors can also visit Abington Park Museum.
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Northampton High Street offers a good range of shops, from locally run boutiques and florists, to well-known chain stores selling the usual selection of fashion, tech and interiors goods.
Restaurants in Northampton offer a wide array of cuisines, from Vietnamese at Eat Saigon, to Italian at Sorrentino and Sophia’s, through to Bangladeshi at Saffron and Mediterranean at Gee’s.
There are also plenty of pubs to frequent, from the gastropub The Mail Coach, to The Malt Tavern that serves real ale and has previously won the Northampton CAMRA pub of the year award. The Lamplighter pub regularly hosts beer festivals, live music events and quizzes.
The closest cities to Northampton are Coventry, Leicester and Peterborough. Coventry can be easily reached by train in just over thirty minutes, while Leicester takes around 48 minutes to drive to. Peterborough is roughly an hour's drive from Northampton.
For those commuting to London, fast trains to Euston station take only 47 minutes with 57 trains running a day.
All Saints Church of England School is rated Good by Ofsted, and as an Outstanding Church School by the Anglican and Methodist Schools inspection. Abvington Vale offers both pre-school and primary education and is also rated Good by Ofsted.
Rated Good by Ofsted, Abbeyfield School is the only specialist performing arts college in Northampton. Northampton School for Girls is rated Outstanding by Ofsted and admits girls aged between 11-18 years old, and boys during sixth form. Northampton Academy is a co-educational school for children aged between 11-18.
Private schooling options include Overstone Park School, a non-selective, co-educational school for children aged between 5-18 years of age.
The University of Northampton offers a plethora of courses, from accounting and finance to environmental sciences and media studies. In June 2017, the university was awarded a Gold award by the government in their TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) for the quality of their student experience.
Average property prices in Northampton range from £131,933 for a flat, £194,307 for a terraced house and £355,064 for a detached home.
Ian Simons, Branch Manager of Winkworth Northampton gives us his insight into the how the property market is currently faring:
“Northampton and the surrounding villages have, compared to the Home Counties, bucked the trend nationally with house price growth and sales achieved. Despite the on-going Brexit negotiations and fears over the economy, we’ve found if property is priced accurately, and honest professional advice is given, then properties are selling.
“While asking prices are dropping, achieved prices are roughly the same as they were in 2017. At Winkworth, we believe that it is down to the proactivity and professionalism of our staff that sales are being achieved.
“Even as interest rates have increased slightly, money is still cheap to borrow compared with 15 years ago. It is therefore our advice that – if you can - to stretch yourself financially. When house prices increase on average in 14 year cycles, property is still the best investment, hence the old saying, ’safe as houses’.
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