Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

LOCATION

NORTHAMPTON, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

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Home to the world's largest collection of shoes, Northampton Museum and Art Gallery displays shoes that have been in fashion through the ages, from Ferragamo to Vivienne Westwood. 'Life and Sole' tells the history of footwear, and other displays detail the history of Northampton, and British and Oriental ceramics and glass. There is a changing programme of exhibitions, including exhibits from the permanent art collection. Workshops for children and adults are run throughout the year.

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery
Guildhall Road, NORTHAMPTON, NN1 1DP
Phone : 01604 838111

Features

Facilities
  • Parking nearby
Accessibility
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Lift to all floors
  • Accessible toilets
Opening Times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5. Closed Mon & BHs

About The area

Discover Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire is a mainly rural county of gentle beauty, with farmland, forest and great country estates. Rivers, canals and meadows are all part of the tranquil scene, providing a haven for wildlife. 

This is a great area for walking, touring and exploring villages of stone and thatch. There are also some impressive Saxon churches at Brixworth and Earls Barton. Northampton is the county town, and along with Kettering, has long been associated with the production of footwear. Kettering was the second largest town until it was overtaken by the rapid development of Corby as a major centre of the steel industry.

Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park is set in Northamptonshire, although it seems that Austen never actually visited the county. Other famous connections include the poet John Dryden (1631-1700) who was born in the tiny village of Aldwincle; King Richard III (1452-1485) born at Fotheringhay Castle; and American revolutionaries George Washington (1732-1799), whose family came from Sulgrave Manor, and Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) whose father was born in another tiny Northamptonshire village called Ecton.

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