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Free Entry Museums, Country Parks, Picnic Spots, etc. in Northamptonshire.
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Park Avenue South, Northampton
Northamptonshire, NN1 5LW
"The museum in the park" is a Grade 1 listed building with a Tudor hall.
Includes a display for the Northamptonshire Yeomanry around the world and through two World Wars.
Open: 1 Mar - 31 Oct, Tue - Sun, Bank Hol Mon, 13.00 - 17.00 / 1 Nov - 28 Feb Closed
Admission is Free.
Tel: 01604 838110
Barnwell Country Park, Barnwell Road, Off the A605 nr. Oundle, Northamptonshire PE8 5PB
"Heart of the Nene Valley" - MAP - 15 hectares of former gravel workings now lakes, ponds, riverbank and meadows. The lakes, picnic meadows, river and the resident water birds make the park very attractive to visitors and in particular young families.
Best feature - Waymarked waterside trails where the irregular shapes of the lakes provide different views around each corner and a sense of „progressive revelation‟ to the visitor. The park is flat and very accessible with a network of stone paths suitable for prams and wheelchairs.
The park shop is manned daily by Information Assistants on hand to help with visitor‟s queries and provide assistance wherever possible.
Other Current Facilities & services: A hard standing car park with a capacity of around 50 cars, Public toilets, Country Park Shop, Children's play area, 2 birdwatching hides, Standard orienteering course, Nature Trails, Coarse fishing (Day & season ticket - chargeable) BBQ area, Boules court, Kingfisher Lodge community / education room for hire.
Open all year and Free to enter.
Tel: 01832 273435
Fishmarket Gallery, Bradshaw Street,
Northampton NN1 2HL
Northampton Arts Collective (NAC) has transformed the old Fishmarket hall into a home for the arts and creative business.
Housing several independent retail outlets, artists' studios and a cafe bar alongside two independent gallery spaces, the Fishmarket offers visitors a truly unique cultural experience.
A not for profit run organisation and it is Free to get in to any of Fishmarket's exhibitions, although some events that are held at the cafe have an entrance fee.
Tel: 01604 639090
Fotheringhay Castle Site, Castle Farm Cottage, Fotheringhay, Peterborough, Northamptonshire, PE8 5HZ
A Northamptonshire historic site off the A605 near Fotheringhay Village. Today there is little to be seen apart from earthworks and some masonry remains and provides good views along the Nene valley deMontrating well its defensive position. Ideal for a Northamptonshire picnic day out.
Fotheringhay Castle was in the village of Fotheringhay 3½ miles (6 km) to the north of the market town of Oundle, Northamptonshire (grid reference TL061930).
King Richard III was born here in 1452 and it was also where Mary, Queen of Scots, was tried and executed in 1587.
Open: All year, daily, dawn-dusk.
Admission Price: Free
Tel: 0871 572 2823
Naseby, Northamptonshire - Battle of Naseby - English Civil War Battlefield
The Naseby Battlefield Project Footpath and Viewing Platforms are now complete - Pick up a Battlefield Trail leaflet from local shops and Tourist Information Offices.
The Battle of Naseby - 14 June 1645 was a decisive Parliamentarian victory between Sir Thomas Fairfax with Oliver Cromwell the Parliamentarian New Model Army and King Charles I with
Prince Rupert of the Rhine as the Royalist Army.
Strengths: Parliamentarian New Model Army (13,500); 6,000 horse, 500 dragoons, 7,000 foot with just 400 killed or wounded / Royalists (8,000); 3,300 foot and 4,100 horse with 1,000 killed and 5,000 captured + 2,000 escapees.
Map showing Parking
Please follow the ‘Countryside Code’ a copy of which is available to download from this website.
Car Security - If leaving the car to walk, even the short distance between the lay-by and the Cromwell Monument on the Naseby to Sibbertoft road, be sure to lock it and secure or cover up any valuables. It is not unknown for thieves to target visitors' vehicles.
Ordnance Survey maps for the serious visitor. 1:25,000 Explorer 223 is ideal. This covers the entire area of operations of 14 June 1645
People intending to walk the footpaths should be aware that even a little rain makes a lot of mud around here and walking boots or rubber boots are needed.
In addition a compass will be useful for orientation and pair of field glasses or binoculars will be useful to identify features at a distance.
Daventry Museum Moot Hall
Market Square, Daventry
Northamptonshire, NN11 4BH
Admission is Free.
Tel: 01327 302463
Fax: 01327 876684
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery
Guildhall Road, Northampton
Northamptonshire, NN1 1DP
Displays include one of the finest collections of footwear in the world!
Open all year, Mon - Sat, 10.00 - 17.00 / Sun 14.00 - 17.00 / Closed All Bank Holidays
Admission is Free.
Tel: 01604 838111
Fax: 01604 838720
Northampton Heritage Trail - Pick up a map from Northamptonshire Welcome and Visitor Centre, Sessions House, George Row, Northampton NN1 1DF
Salcey Forest, Hartwell,
Northamptonshire NN7 2HX
Salcey Forest lies between Milton Keynes and Northampton - This ancient woodland, the remains of a Royal hunting forest, is now a great place for a Free forest day out.
Height of fun is the Tree Top Way, a canopy walkway rising to a height of 20 metres, which kids adore. The Tree Top Way rises to 15 metres above the woodland floor, with a crow’s nest platform at 20 metres reached by steps. The structure offers stunning views across Salcey Forest and the adjoining woodlands of Yardley Chase.
And don't miss the Elephant Walk! Apparently during the second world war elephants were used to move logs in the forest, and the nearby pond is where they used to cool off!
Open daily 07.00 – 19.00
Pay and Display Car Park open from 08.00 to 19.00 in the summer months / from 08.00 to 17.00 in the winter at a cost of £1 for an hour or £3 for the day.
Toilets are situated in the main car park, with baby changing facilities and disabled toilets.