market town in Northamptonshire, England

Wellingborough is a market town and borough in Northamptonshire, England, situated some 11 miles (18 km) from the county town of Northampton. The town is situated on the north side of the River Nene (pronounced Nenn in these parts), most of the older town is sited on the flanks of the hills above the river's current flood plain. Due to frequent flooding by the River Nene, the town was mostly built above the current level of the flood plain.

Originally named "Wendelingburgh", the town was founded in the early 6th century Saxon period by a Saxon leader called Waendel and is mentioned in the Domesday Book under the name of "Wendelburie". The town was granted a royal market charter in 1201, by King John of England.

The town is twinned with Niort in France, and with Wittlich in Germany.

Get in


By train


1 Wellingborough station has services running from the north of England to the south of England running around the clock. If coming from London St Pancras, it's best to catch a fast train going to Nottingham or Derby which will make a stop at Wellingborough every half hour.

By car


Due to its location in the center of England, it's simple and easy to get to Wellingborough by car coming from anywhere in England. The A509 northbound motorway is the easiest route from the south. The A509 southbound motorway is the easiest route from the north. The other main road leading into the town is the A45.

By plane


The town does not have an airport, however it is easy to fly into one of London, Birmingham or Luton airport and subsequently get a train to Wellingborough.

Get around

  • 1 Three Silver Ladies. sculpture.
  • 2 All Hallows Church.
  • 3 Wellingborough Museum, 12 Castle Way, NN8 1XB.
  • 4 Sywell Aviation Museum, Sywell Aerodrome, NN6 0BN (5 miles west of the town centre). Volunteer run museum in some Nissen huts, with a collection focussed on military aircraft.    
  • 1 Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, NN8 1XA.







Go next

Routes through Wellingborough
Northampton  SW   NE  → continues as   at Thrapston → OundlePeterborough

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