History and heritage

Walk in the footsteps of the Romans, Saxons, Vikings as well as those that fought in the War of the Roses and the Civil War. Our Heritage Guide is a useful guide.

Highlights of the area include:

  • The Battle of Edgecote at Culworth and Eyden re-enacts the original battle of 1469, which took place during the Wars of the Roses
  • Castle Ashby's 25 acres of picturesque gardens are open throughout the year. Highlights include the Orangery and the Arboretum
  • Steane Park has 60 acres of landscaped parkland. The park is situated on the site of a deserted medieval village just outside Brackley
  • Canons Ashby House is well known for its Jacobean plasterwork and Elizabethan wall paintings. There are lovely formal gardens, a tearoom, shop and regular events throughout the year
  • Bury Mount in Towcester has been restored and is now open to the public after a year-long restoration programme
  • The Church of Saints Peter and Paul at Preston Deanery is under the protection of The Churches Conservation Trust and thought to have an early Viking influence
  • Sulgrave Manor is the ancestral home of George Washington, the first president of the United States of America
  • Northamptonshire Heritage showcases Northamptonshire’s history and promotes local heritage. It tells the history of the county and features an interactive map of sites to visit