4* Marriott Northampton, Northampton
The Northampton Marriott Hotel provides modern and spacious amenities. All 120 modern bedrooms are well decorated and well equipped. There is no lift but the majority of bedrooms are on the ground floor. The restaurant is spacious and light whilst the bar offers comfortable seating and views over the garden and outdoor terrace. Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, spa bath and gym.
There is no Lift at this hotel TV Telephone Tea/coffee making facilities Safe Hairdryer Writing Desk Iron & Iron Board Writing Desk Air Conditioned Wi-Fi Restaurant Bar Lounge Indoor Swimming pool Sauna Gym
4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast
Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
3-course menu with 3-choices
Tea/coffee after dinner
Free use of leisure facilities
Entrance to Bletchley Park
Entrance to Rockingham Castle
Image © Copyright Marion Haworth
Departing the local area we make our way to the hotel where we enjoy a welcome cup of tea or coffee.
This morning, we make our way to Bletchley Park where Alan Turing and his colleagues helped crack Germany's Enigma Code during WWII. We uncover Bletchley Park's remarkable story by visiting the unglamorous, functional Codebreaking Huts and Blocks, Alan Turing's office, the Library, the wartime garages (complete with WWII vehicles) and a series of fascinating interactive exhibits before having free time for lunch in Hut 4 (formerly home to WWII Naval Intelligence Code Breaking Operations).
We head to Rockingham Castle today, built on the instruction of William the Conqueror, it's a castle with the rare status of having been continuously occupied for nearly 900 years and by just one family, the Watson's, since being relinquished as a royal castle. Today we can visit the Servants Hall, The Street, Old Kitchen, The Great Hall, Naval Lobby, Panel Room & Long Gallery. As the Castle is still a family home and a working estate there are some areas that are not open to visitors, but the family do make as much available as they can. The Gardens are open to stroll around and view.
Royal Leamington Spa
We take a slower start today to allow you to enjoy some of the facilities and explore the grounds at the fabulous 4* hotel before we make our way to Royal Leamington Spa, known for its stunning Regency architecture, around every corner, you'll be greeted with grand, white, square buildings. If you're an architecture buff, you'll notice that the majority of buildings in the town centre includes a variety of early Victorian, Georgian and listed architecture, making each street more awe-inspiring than the next. Housed in some of these grand buildings are art galleys, cafes, restaurants, boutique shops and much more to for you to discover. Or why not visit the Royal Pump room, now home to Leamington Spa's public Art Gallery & Museum and Leamington Spa's Library. If the weather is kind take a stroll through Jephson Gardens, opposite the Pump Rooms, an oasis of green amongst a Victorian formal park created in 1846 in honour of Dr Henry Jephson, Leamington's most famous doctor. The Jephson Gardens are renowned for their fountains, trees, sculptures and various entertainments, including the Sensory Garden, Glasshouse and East Lodge.
After breakfast we depart for the journey home.