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Sat almost perfectly in the middle of England, Northampton is an ancient town with a ton of history to explore. Although the area was badly damaged by the bombs of the Second World War, much of the original architecture survives, alongside an industrial past that the locals are proud of.
When you rent a hire car in Northampton, you’ll get access to whole swathes of England. Because of its location, much of England’s north and south are within reach. Or, if you decide to base yourself in the city and head out for day trips, you’ll still find plenty of fascinating sites to explore.
Northampton’s nearest transit hub is Luton Airport, which is about 45 minutes away down the M1. The other alternative is Birmingham City Airport, which you’ll find about an hour west if you follow the M6 an M1. Collect your rental car in either and you’ll be at your hotel quickly.
Pick up your hire car in Northampton and you’ll have a range of brands to choose from, including Budget, Enterprise, Avis and Hertz, alongside many more.
Because Northampton is so conveniently placed, you can find a lot to do within easy driving distance. A 15-minute drive from the city you’ll find Althorp, a 16th century manor house that was the home of Lady Diana Spencer before her marriage to Prince Charles. These days it’s a glorious place to spend a day, with guided tours of the interior and the grounds both available.
Need something more adrenaline-fuelled? Head south for 25 minutes on the A43 to Silverstone, a world-famous race track and home of the British Grand Prix. You’ll need to book tickets in advance, but the thrills are guaranteed.
Take your rental car an hour up the M1 and you’ll reach Leicester, a bustling city that’s home to a world-beating science museum as well as the remains of King Richard III, which you can learn about at the dedicated exhibition. It was also the scene of the biggest upset in Premier League history in 2016, when the local football team, Leicester City, beat the odds to win the title. Book in advance to secure tickets, and enjoy a raucous atmosphere in the stands.
Fancy something more historical? Hop in your hire car and drive 50 minutes west to Coventry. Here, you can visit the site of St Michael’s Cathedral. Built in 1300 but destroyed in the Second World War, it’s been kept standing as a permanent memorial to those who lost their lives. Or head to Nottingham, a thriving student city that boasts some of the Midlands’ best clubbing.
Used to driving a hire car in the UK? Northampton should offer no problems for you – just keep an eye out for tractors on some of the more rural roads, as they can occasionally cause tailbacks.
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