Northamptonshire is a typically English county - rolling countryside, green fields, hedgerows, peaceful lanes, thatched roofs and half-timbered buildings. It also has its urban areas - Kettering, Wellingborough and, worst of all, the county town of Northampton. Acres of cheap housing, run-down businesses, cloned shopping centres. They are not places that invite you back again - and yet, crammed in among them are a wealth of museums, art galleries and historical sites.

Worth a visit? Definitely. Worth a stay? Hmmmm.