Northampton is perhaps most significant as being the closest major settlement to the Watford Gap, the imaginary crossing point between the South of England and the Midlands- and notionally the point where the North of England begins, despite its close proximity to London.
There are numerous routes into Northampton:
The nearest airports to Northampton are Birmingham Airport, East Midlands Airport and London Luton Aiport in Luton. There are rail and bus links from London, home of Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport and Stansted Airports.
Northampton Castle Station offers frequent links from Birmingham and London every 30 min most times of the day with trains operated by London Midland.
If you book a return ticket, you save a lot compared to the total price of two single tickets.
The railway station is located approximately 15 min walk from the town centre and has frequent buses passing the site. There are taxis available at the station rank, or you can call a taxi from various local companies. There is a bus stop outside the station with buses to the bus station but it is only about 10 minutes walk into town.
Northampton is well connected by road with many distribution companies being based in and around the town. The M1 motorway passes right through South Northamptonshire, and from here it is about 15 minto the town centre. Junctions 15, 15A, and 16 all serve the town.
National Express  offer coach services across the country from Victoria street, next to upper mounts car park.
A branch of Grand Union Canal passes directly through Northampton. The River Nene also weaves its way throughout the town with marinas at both Billing Aquadrome and Beckets Park.
The most common way of getting around is by car, but on Saturdays expect queues because of the football and rugby games that go on.
Northampton also offers a comprehensive bus service. The two main operators in the town are Stagecoach Northampton , and Uno operate services calling at the university. Service tends to be more patchy on Sundays; however, Monday to Saturday the bus is a viable method of transportation around the town.
Stagecoach Northampton also offer a number of regional bus routes to the outlying villages and towns in Northamptonshire making exploring small towns like Bugbrooke possible.
Northampton has a number of attractions:
Guildhall: A classic neo-gothic styled building built in 1861 by Edward William Godwin. It now houses the Northampton Borough Council offices. The Guildhall is located opposite the Tourist Information office on St Giles Street.
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery: A collection of artifacts from Northamptons past with particular homage to the shoe industry that caused the town to first boom. The museum is open 10:00 - 17:00 on Monday to Saturday and 2:00 - 17:00 on Sunday.
The Express Lifts Tower in St James.
78 Derngate, The only house outside of Scotland to be designed by world-famous architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The House has been beautifully restored and is now a museum. Guided tours are available and there is also a small restaurant. Advanced booking is advised. Open 10AM - 5PM February to Christmas.
Abington Park Museum is a free to enter museum featuring artifacts relevant to both the towns history and it's place at the center of the leather industry.
Shop along Abington Street, the main pedestrianised shopping area in Northampton. Both the Grosvenor Centre and Peacock Place shopping centres have entrances from this street.
Northampton Market is one of the oldest in the country and operates daily out of Market Square, just off The Drapery and Abington Street.
Watch some sport - Northampton Saints are a top-flight rugby union team, the Cobblers play League Two football, and Northamptonshire play cricket at the County Ground.
Attend a play at Royal & Derngate , Northampton's jointly run main theatres.
Each August the town hosts the  Northampton Balloon Festival, previously at The Racecourse but in recent years hosted by Billing Aquadrome.
Northampton is famous for its rich shoemaking history. It is being referred to as the having the highest quality shoes in the world. Northampton shoemaking history dates back in 18th century.
The University of Northampton  offers tertiary level courses in a range of subjects.
For vocational courses and A level courses, Northampton College  has a wide range of courses on offer.
Northampton Job Centre  is at 21 Lower Mounts and has listings for casual and permenant positions as well as job advice. It is essential for migrants to the area to visit the job centre to secure National Insurance Cards.
Adecco  is at 6 Abington Street. The usual temporary work firms also operate in Northampton.
For its size, Northampton has a good range of restaurants to suit any budget:
Academy Coffee Haus  offers cheap meals from around £7 a head.
The Fox and Hounds pub  in Harlestone offers good pub fare at a reasonable price of around £18 a head.
The New French Partridge  offers fine, French styled cuisine for around £54 a head.
Clubs and pubs are located all around Northampton town centre and the night life is pretty lively most of the time.
For alternative music, pubs along the Wellingborough Road cater for grunge, punk and rock with local acts performing on Friday nights.
Police, fire and ambulance services are all reached from 999 or 112 in an emergency.
Northamptonshire Police's number for non-emergency calls is 101.
Drunken activity in the town centre on Friday and Saturday nights is common, and intoxication should be avoided to ensure your safety. Stay in well-lit areas and avoid taking short cuts through back streets or alleys.
The atmosphere after football matches can be a little loud and boisterous, so avoid wearing other teams' colours in these instances.
Althorp House  the resting place of Princess Diana is in Northamptonshire just outside of Northampton.
Stoke Bruerne is also located halfway between Northampton and Milton Keynes on the canal and offers a picturesque escape from Northampton.
Trains also depart at regular intervals from Northampton railway station for every possible destination in the country using either Milton Keynes Railway Station, London Stations or Birmingham New Street as transit points.