Rushden Area Guide

Our Rushden estate agents are committed to helping people find their dream home or investment property in the area. We have had the pleasure of doing so for more than three decades, and thoroughly enjoy advising on a personal level. 

Read our Rushden Area Guide to learn about local life, attractions and property. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for further information.

The location

Rushden is a historic market town in the vast landscape of the Nene Valley Countryside in North Northamptonshire. It neighbours Bedford and Kettering.

Hints of Iron Age settlement have been excavated near Boundary Avenue. It’s undoubtedly an area with historical intrigue. 

In the 19th century, boot-making and brick-laying took Rushden by storm, which gave life to the area’s industrial age. From then, Rushden village transformed into a town that continues to develop to this day. 

Rushden has been through extensive retail development over the past decade, with plans in motion to further increase work and housing opportunities for local residents. 

Do you know these local facts?

  • In 1849, Rushden had six shoemakers. By the mid-19th century, this number swelled to over 100. John White Footwear alone produced 8 million pairs of army boots during World War II.

  • Accomplished novelist H.E.Bates was living in Rushden in the early 20th century.

  • First-class cricketer and British Army Major General Richard Peck grew up in Rushden. 

  • Rushden is Northamptonshire's fifth largest town. It’s also the safest medium-sized town in the region in terms of crime. 

Don’t miss these attractions

Living in Rushden is interesting and undoubtedly, pleasant.There are countless attractions, shops, leisure and nature spots to explore. 

Rushden Transport Museum & Railway

At Rushden Transport Museum, located at the Old Midland Railway Station of 1894, you can view local road and rail history with a collection of unique transport-related items and memorabilia.

Rushden Lake’s Leisure

There’s never a dull moment at Rushden Lake's leisure venues. Children and even adults can explore two storeys of soft play at 360 Play. Alternatively, discover Rushden Lake on canoe, kayak or pedola at Conoe2. 

Otherwise, you can visit Cineworld, Flipout trampoline park, Paradise Island Adventure Golf or Rock Up indoor climbing - also at Rushden Lakes. 

And the leisure on offer in Rushden doesn’t stop there. Discover the beach area and thrilling water features of Splash Leisure Pool, or visit Pemberton Leisure Centre for all things bat, ball and fitness.


Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre

Rushden Lakes is also home to a modern, expansive shopping centre that combines high street fashion with large brand restaurants.

Visit Joules or JD, Schuh or Superdry. Stop at Costa for a soothing cup of coffee or delicious cake at Patisserie Valerie. Get your fix of peri-peri chicken at Nandos. There’s something for everyone.

Rushden’s Vibrant High Street 

Discover a more traditional shopping experience and beautiful Victorian and Edwardian architecture in Rushden’s town centre. Visit long-standing family-run shops that greet you warmly, such as Osbourne's Sports and Toys and Mrs B's. In addition, some well-known high street brands.

Places to explore


Nature prevails in Rushden. There are over 40 parks, the largest of which is 34-acre Hall Park. It's perfect for relaxing strolls among seasonal foliage. It also houses the oldest domestic building in Rushden, Rushden Hall, dating back to the 14th century.

Other parks include Spencer Park and Jubilee Park, which include children's playgrounds, football pitches, and other sports and leisure activities for the perfect weekend. 

Heritage Trail

Get a thorough taste of the town’s culture on the Heritage Trail. Walk past 17 points of local interest. The Grade I-listed spire of St Mary's Church, which stretches 172ft into the sky and dates back to the 13th century, is an unmissable landmark. Together with the Independent Wesleyan Chapel of 1828, where a war memorial is located.


There are also dozens of nature trails that weave through the area. For example, the Sculpture Trail of the Nene Wetlands Nature Reserve, where twenty thousand waterbirds flock every year.


Places to eat


With a fun kid's menu and only the finest ingredients served in a chic setting, Wildwood's enticing, wide-ranging menu will satisfy your food cravings.

Mountain Yard

Get a taste of the Caribbean at Rushden’s only Caribbean cocktail bar, BBQ and jerk restaurant. Vibrant dishes inspired by authentic Jamaican family traditions.


When it comes to Mediterranean cuisine, Rokka has you covered. A friendly restaurant with grilled aromas of thoughtfully curated dishes. 

Local education 

When living in Rushden, you can choose from various commendable schools to give children the best start in life. 

Primary schools

  • Denfield Park Primary School - A bustling school dedicated to encouraging every child to develop socially, emotionally, physically and academically. 

  • Alfred Street Junior School "Alfo" - An inclusive environment for young people to flourish through education and creativity. 

  • Rushden Primary Academy - With a vision to inspire and ensure every pupil progresses excellently, Rushden Primary Academy broadens the academic skills and characteristics of children.

Secondary schools

  • Rushden Academy - A developing school where individual strengths are valued and shared goals are celebrated to give students the drive to succeed. 

  • Quinton House School - An independent school for children aged 2 to 18, located in a beautiful 12th-century house. A supportive and caring environment where each student can develop his or her own talents. 

Local transport

Rushden is centrally located in England and offers easy access to key cities by road or rail for a trip to friends and family, a day out or a commute.

The local A6 connects with Kettering, Bedford and Luton. It also takes only an hour and a half to reach London by car or train.

Rushden has over 100 bus stops, with bus routes that take you to countless nearby places, such as Wellingborough and Northampton, or further afield to Birmingham, Cambridge and Norwich.

Living in Rushden - local property 

Rushden’s diverse selection of properties completes the desirability of the area, along with its natural essence, retail strength and historic charm, to attract homebuyers, tenants and property investors alike.

Rushden has a range of beautiful period properties blended with updated mid-20th century properties and more modern newly-built homes. 

The average property price in Rushden is £260,993. Terraced properties are the most popular type of property and sell for £209,930. Semi-detached properties sell for £247,988, and detached properties for £374,500.

Rental prices range from around £500pcm for a one-bedroom to £900pcm for a three-bedroom, depending on the spec. 

View available properties for sale in Rushden and properties to rent in Rushden today. 

For more information or support with your move or investment, contact our Rushden estate agents for a friendly chat -

Call: 01933 316 131 


Office: 123 - 125 High Street, Rushden, NN10 0NZ

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