Car hire in Northampton
Car hire at Northampton
Located in the East Midlands of England, Northampton is ideally situated for exploring what the country has to offer. Roughly halfway between London and Birmingham, the city has great transport links to key motorways such as the M1, which puts East Midlands (EMA) and Luton (LTN) airports in easy reach.
What I need to know
A range of car hire firms operate in Northampton. Use Holiday Autos' site to compare car hire options and you're guaranteed to find a great deal whatever you're looking for, with free cancellation and no credit card fees.
Where to pick up my car
All of the area's major car hire operators are based near the city centre. Several Northampton car rental options can be found to the south of the city, while there are also options within walking distance to the north-west.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Northamptonshire boasts a range of attraction within easy reach of the city centre. In particular, the country has a long association with the English nobility, so there are many stately homes and estates to explore. The city's central market square is also one of the oldest in the UK, dating back to the 13th century.
Northamptonshire boasts a range of award-winning country parks, offering everything from high rope adventure courses to tranquil gardens. The county is also home to the Silverstone Circuit, located just 18 miles from the city centre, where racing events take place throughout the year.
If you want to explore more of the UK, Northampton is a great base. London is around 70 miles to the south, while famous university cities Oxford and Cambridge are both just over an hour's drive away. For those looking to enjoy the English countryside, the beautiful Cotswold Hills lie around an hour to the west of the city.
Eating and drinking
There's always fresh, locally-produced food to be found at one of Northampton's markets for those who want to eat in, but for those who want to eat out, there's something for every taste.
Things to do
Northamptonshire is home to Silverstone Circuit, which hosted the first ever official Formula One Grand Prix in 1950. But there's far more to the location than just watching races, as you can also participate in one of its many driving experience offerings to find out what it's really like to be Lewis Hamilton.
Built by William the Conqueror, Rockingham Castle has witnessed over 900 years of history, and Reenactments of a Civil War siege are held regularly. Elsewhere, you can also pay a visit to Althorp House, ancestral home of the Spencer family, where there is an exhibition dedicated to one of the family's most famous members, Diana, Princess of Wales.