Based in Northamptonshire, we are obviously big supporters of our home county, however, it sometimes doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. That’s where comes in! They have listed our county’s brilliant historical houses, countryside, rivers, churches and historical landmarks to encourage more people to discover Britain’s best kept secret.

As well as beautiful landscapes and interesting history, Northamptonshire Surprise also has plenty of information about all the brilliant artisan food and drink made in Northamptonshire (including us), theatre productions playing at our award-winning venues and hotels and B&B’s for those that want to stay more than one day!

We spoke to Kate from Northamptonshire Surprise to find out her top 1o (or slightly more than 10) places to visit in Northamptonshire…


1 & 2. Althorp (needs no introduction) and close by St Mary’s Church, Great Brington

Great Brington

3 & 4. On the other side of the county Prebendal Manor (book ahead) & Lyveden New Bield (great tea room)


5. For lunch and a mooch I have always enjoyed Beckworth Emporium


6. Also love to visit Tap & Kitchen in Oundle, especially when its warm and you can appreciate the Wharf setting (and love a stroll in Oundle afterwards)

Tap and Kitchen

7. When my teeny niece and nephew visit the obvious choice is Britain’s oldest theme park – Wickies (Wicksteed Park) but I’m also tempted by Holdenby House & their falconry, and of course Catanger Llamas

Catanger Llamas

8 & 9. As a shopper I’m enjoying Rushden Lakes and the walk from there to the ever popular Stanwick Lakes

Stanwick Lakes

10. If I need to chill (and I’m feeling flush) I would go to Fawsley Hall for afternoon tea, just wonderful both in terms of the experience and the glorious setting. This can only be finished off with a show at the Royal & Derngate afterwards


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