Corby Area Guide

Thinking about living in Corby? You’re certainly not alone in that thought. Because according to research firm UPLIFT, Corby has the fastest-growing population outside of London. It’s not hard to see why considering ongoing redevelopment schemes that keep the area vibrant and evolving.

The Prime Choice estate agents in Corby are proud to have supported thousands of new homebuyers, rental tenants and landlords moving to Corby since 1992. We have helped them find their ideal properties. After moving to Corby, they have made the area their home and long-term investment.

Read our Corby Area Guide. Discover what living in Corby is like. Local facts and food. Schools and shops. Transport, and what properties are on offer.

Where is Corby?

Corby is a beautiful market town in North Northamptonshire, East Midlands. It spans approximately 19.51 km2, located 25 miles from Northampton, Leicester and Peterborough.

As such, it’s a centrally located town ideal for commuting, days out and summer holidays. You can reach the closest beaches between King’s Lynn and Skegness in an hour or two.


Let’s rewind for a moment and explore Corby’s history. How was the town formed? What gave Corby its character?

Artefacts found in Corby date back to the Bronze Age. Yet, the first signs of settlement point to the 8th century. The area of ‘Corbei’, of Danish derivative, was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.

Ironstone was a major catalyst for the area’s population and economic growth in the 20th century.

Corby was all but a small village of 1,500 in 1931. Workers then flocked to the area, growing the population to 12,000 by 1939. By 1950, housing development flourished, and the population boomed.

Local facts?

  • The local area has worked on iron ore since Roman times.
  • Henry the III of 1226 granted Corby the right to host two annual fairs and a market. Even today, a Corby Pole Fair is held every 20 years in celebration of the charter.

Places to eat

Corby’s main retail high street, St George’s St, is the place to head for big brand restaurants like Nando’s and Prezzo. Locally owned establishments dot the town.

Whatever you’re craving, there’s sure to be the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat when living in Corby.

La Fonte Italian Restaurant

A highly-rated restaurant with Italian and Mediterranean dishes bursting with taste. From antipasti to pasta and skewers, both adults and kids are sure to enjoy a delicious meal out at La Fonte Italian Restaurant.

Paletto Lounge

Paletto Lounge is one of those all-rounder restaurants everyone loves. They do Cheeky Mondays - a free drink and dessert when you order a main. Tapas Tuesdays. And a lunchtime deal, which consists of a mug of yummy soup and a panini.

A Tasca

A Tasca is a Portuguese restaurant with an enjoyable cosy atmosphere. They serve quality dishes, such as half-shell mussels and BBQ pork. Besides vegetarian dishes and authentic Portuguese Molotov pudding.

Places to visit

Whether indoors or outdoors, discover the best places to visit in and around Corby.

There are approximately 35 parks and open spaces in the area.

East Carlton Country Park

Follow trails past stunning flowers and trees. Kids will have a whale of a time in the playground. There’s even a cafe for coffee and sweets, and the river’s perfect for feeding the ducks.

Kirby Hall

Step back to the beauty and awe of Elizabethan architecture and design at Kirby Hall. Explore paintings, statues and ruins. It’s a popular film and TV location for titles including Jane Austin’s Mansfield Park and BBC’s One’s Antiques Roadshow.

ViRAL Entertainment

Have you tried VR before? A great place to jump into the thrill of augmented reality is ViRAL Entertainment. Race down tracks. Compete in games against friends and family in the VR Pod. Experience transformative full-body VR in HeroZone.

Local shopping

Corby Town Centre & Willow Place

With over 140 shops, Corby Town & Willow Place provides comprehensive retail. From Argos to Wilko, New Look to JD. You can buy the latest fashion, get your hair done, buy the best gifts, and much more.

Corby is also home to your favourite supermarkets and superstores, such as Tesco, Asda, Lidl, B&M and The Range.

What’s more, you’ll also find niche stores, such as Pets and Friends, for your tailed or scaled pets. Numerous computer specialists. Delicious custom cakes? Yes, Corby can provide those too.

Recreation abounds in Corby. Pop for a swim at Corby International Pool. Watch the latest blockbuster at Savoy Cinema Corby. Watch enthralling live performances at The Core at Corby Cube.

Local schools

Determining the best school options is crucial when living in or moving to Corby with children. So our Corby estate agents compiled a list of our top picks corresponding to Ofsted reports.

Corby Primary Academy

Corby Primary Academy is an Ofsted Outstanding school for littluns aged 3-11. They can explore the wonders of reading, writing, art, geography, music and more.

Brooke Weston Academy

Brooke Weston Academy is for pupils aged 11-18 and is rated Ofsted Outstanding. Pupils scored an 80% GCSE pass rate in 2022, while the national average was 60%. They focus on helping every student achieve their highest educational potential.

Corby Technical School

Corby Technical School also scored above the average 2022 GCSE pass rate. The high school and sixth form empower tech leaders and visionaries of the future.

Local transport

When moving to Corby, what are the best ways to get around?

Corby rail station has connections to Kettering and runs all the way from London St Pancras.

Many local bus routes serve those living in Corby and go into town at all hours of the day. You can also travel by bus to the nearest cities of Milton Keynes, Leicester, Nottingham and Coventry.

You can reach Northampton by car via the A43 in 40 minutes. It’s also less than a two-hour drive to London.

Moving to Corby - the local property

Most properties in Corby arose after 1950. Between January and September 2018, 320 new homes were built. Newer homes continue to serve new residents attracted to Corby’s desirable home life, work and leisure. Albeit, you can still find some 1930’s era homes mingled with fantastic 17th-century Grade II listed properties. Their contemporary designs give the area an echo of history.

How much can you expect to pay for a property?

£237,105 was the average sale price of properties in Corby over the last year.

Semi-detached properties are the most popular type, fetching an average of £224,240. Second, terraced properties for £198,639. And detached properties at £337,703.

Sold prices rose by 3% in the last year (2022).

Average council tax rates are a moderate £1,173.

Moving to Corby to rent

Local rental prices are diverse. They range from around £795 pcm for a two-bedroom semi-detached house to £1,300 pcm for a four-bedroom detached house.

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