With time on our hands, and possibly a good day weather-wise we decided to catch the bus to Northampton this morning. We caught the 10:10am bus, and were in Northampton by 10:50am, and we hoped to catch the 4:00pm bus back, so plenty of time to explore. Neither of us has ever been to Northampton before so we looked forward to seeing what it had to offer. Upon alighting from the bus at the bus station we had no idea where to go, so we just set off, and were soon on the Grosvenor Shopping Centre, and we found a cafe for a cup of coffee before hitting the streets.
Having walked through the Grosvenor Shopping Centre we next came to the market. Our next destination was the bank to get some much needed cash, which we had passed in the bus so I knew approximately where it was. Next to the bank was the All Saints Church.
As we were to find out throughout the day Northampton has many very interesting buildings, but you do have to look up, which many people forget to do. Jo took some photos when she could. Many of them have amazing facades.
This one below was originally the Northampton Co-op, which is now a shopping arcade.
This very imposing building is the Guildhall, too large to fit in the photo!
We found yet another Chinese Buffet called Aroma where we had lunch. There is an good selection of Charity Shops, which we love to browse around, looking for bargains.
We walked down Fish Street and came across “The Fish” which had this plaque on the front.
We had another cup of coffee at the same cafe we started at first thing this morning, and then we headed for the bus station where we waited for the 4:00pm bus back to Stoke Bruerne.
On the journey in and our return journey we passed over the River Nene and we both look forward to when we venture down from the Grand Union to the River Nene some time in the future, hopefully not too far away.