In the East Midlands, Northamptonshire is a mostly rural county with just two large towns, Northampton and Corby.
Everybody else lives in sleepy villages with thatched cottages and country pubs.
Just like its neighbour Buckinghamshire, this county is littered with stately homes, more than you could hope to fit into one holiday.
In fact, Northamptonshire has often been described as the county of “spires and squires”, for its parish churches and posh country manors.
The restorative Northamptonshire countryside will invite you to slow down on peaceful walks and visits to Elizabethan estates and little villages.
But if you need to get the adrenaline pumping, Silverstone is the home of the British Grand Prix and a must for petrolheads at any time of year.
Lets explore the best places to visit in Northamptonshire:
The county town is home to almost half of Northamptonshire, and the short commutes to both London and Birmingham continue to make Northampton a desirable place to settle.
A good place to start a visit is the Cultural Quarter, which has polished Georgian architecture and one attraction that people travel cross-country to see: 78 Derngate is a Georgian house with an interior redesigned in 1917 by none other than Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of the leading lights of art nouveau and the arts and crafts movement.
Northampton Museum is also in the Cultural Quarter and offers a window on the town’s first boom in the 19th century when it was the centre of the leather and shoemaking industries.
There are also some breathtaking country estates very close at Castle Ashby, Althorp House, Coton Manor and Delapré Abbey.