Situated in right in the heart of England, holidaymakers love to visit Northamptonshire as it is easily accessible from all parts of the UK. The county is home to the Silverstone Circuit which hosts the world famous British F1 Grand Prix each year. Rich in verdant countryside, Northamptonshire boasts romantic deer parks, sleepy canals and boating lakes.
For those interested in history and culture, there are lots of impressive houses and estates in Northamptonshire. Boughton House & Gardens is one of Britain’s grandest and best-preserved stately homes. The house was once a Tudor manor, but has since been transformed into a French inspired palace, earning the title, ‘The English Versailles’. Boughton House is renowned for its art collection, including 16th century carpets, tapestries, ornate furniture and world famous masterpieces by Van Dyck, Gainsborough and El Greco. Outside the house, there are 150 acres of picturesque gardens, tree-lined avenues and serene waterways.
Althorp House in Northamptonshire is home to the Spencer family and has been for 500 years. The Spencer’s were the family of Princess Diana, and her grave is on an island in the lake, known as The Round Oval. It is private and cannot be visited. Visitors can however visit the lakeside Temple which is dedicated to her memory. Charles Althorp is the Ninth Earl Spencer and lives at Althorp House. He is the godson of Her Majesty the Queen, and also the sister of Princess Diana.
If you are visiting Northamptonshire with the whole family, Wicksteed Park is a fun-filled day out. Located near Kettering, Wicksteed Park combines 147 acres of beautiful parkland and attractions such as rollercoasters and children’s rides. There is also a narrow-gauge railway line which takes visitors around the whole park.
Car racing fans flock to Silverstone in Northamptonshire to watch the Grand Prix each year. Silverstone hosted its first ever 1948 Grand Prix and has been hosting it ever since. Experience the highs and lows of the F1 and enjoy a weekend of food, live music and activities.
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