Places of interest for young learners in Northampton

Quinton House School

It would take a long time to highlight everything that Northampton has to offer, so we have rounded up our favourite places that we think are of particular interest. Whether you are looking for things to do and places to go during the school summer holidays, or maybe just a day out at the weekend, these locations should be at the top of your list.


Castle Ashby

Castle Ashby is the ancestral home of the 7th Marquess of Northampton. These wonderful gardens are open 365 days, allowing you to take a walk through history at any time of the year. The 35 acres include Italian Gardens, a unique Orangery and impressive Arboretum. You can also visit a wonderful menagerie, children’s play area, plant centre, tea room and a gift shop.

Learn more about visiting Castle Ashby here.


Royal & Derngate Theatre

A perfect blend of classic and modern architecture. This incredible venue plays host to some of the most exciting and stunning productions the UK has to offer. The Royal is a grade II listed building, designed by the renowned Victorian theatre architect C J Phipps who also designed the Theatre Royal Bath, The Lyceum in Edinburgh, Theatre Royal Glasgow and the Grand in Wolverhampton. The Derngate was opened in 1983. A Northampton Borough Council initiative, the venue was designed by RHWL for multi-purpose use. It can be configured to stage a variety of events including classical concerts, musicals, opera, dance, ‘in the round’ events such as snooker tournaments as well as gala dinners and product launches.

Learn more about what’s on at the Royal and Derngate here


Althorp House

This stunning house, was built in 1508 and has been home to Spencer family ever since, take a tour of the house to learn more about the fascinating family history as well as the chance to see one of Europe’s finest private collections of furniture, paintings and ceramics. With a number of different events throughout the year, you can attend the award winning Althorp Food and Drink festival, and sample gastronomical delights from local producers and suppliers.

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78 Derngate

A unique opportunity to see the only house in England designed by world renowned architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The house was remodelled in 1916 by Mackintosh for Northampton model engineer, W.J Bassett-Lowke. As well as a chance to tour the house, you can also see two galleries which feature a programme of inspirational art exhibitions, there is always something unusual to see and discuss.

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These are just some of the fantastic attractions that call Northamptonshire home. At Quinton House school, we relish in the opportunity to explore the local area and history, all a short distance from our school. If you are looking for secondary schools in Northampton or Primary schools in Northampton, we would love for you to come and visit us, to experience the outstanding education opportunities that are awaiting your child.  Learn more about one of the best schools in Northampton by paying us a visit or requesting a prospectus.


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