Northampton was once a favourite visiting place for royalty and during the Medieval period many significant events took place there. By the time of the civil war however, it was decidedly on the side of the parliamentarians. Today it has a thriving modern economy including being home to the first Carlsberg brewery to be opened outside of Denmark.
The nearest commercial airports to Northampton are East Midlands Airport, Luton Airport and Birmingham Airport. There are no direct public transport links between Northampton and East Midlands Airport. From Luton Airport the National Express JL707 runs to Northampton (Far Cotton). The Stagecoach Midlands Number 1 bus runs a half-hourly service to Northampton city centre. From Birmingham Airport the National Express NX305 runs directly to Northampton town centre. Alternatively trains run to Birmingham International which is about a kilometre away from the airport.
Northampton Railway station is about a kilometre from the city centre. The Stagecoach service 22/22A runs to the city centre. East Midland Trains, London Midland, Virgin Trains and Chiltern Railways all provide services to or through Northampton. Getting to Northampton from either London or Birmingham takes about an hour.
National Express coaches leave from Victoria Street, which is just to the North of North Gate bus station. This is still very much in the city centre near the historic Market Square.
While the centre of Northampton can be enjoyed on foot or by bike, the extensive bus service is very useful to those who want to explore the area more fully. The main local bus station is North Gate which is located in the city centre and has 14 bays serving a variety of local destinations. Most services are run by Stagecoach. There is also a local operator called Uno which runs a limited number of services.