Wellingborough Area Guide

Considering living in Wellingborough or investing in local rental property? Our estate agents’ Wellingborough area guide is an invaluable resource. We’re highly experienced property professionals who live locally and strive to make the buying or renting process smooth and worry-free.

Let’s run through all the need-to-knows when moving to Wellingborough: where to eat, enjoy your spare time, and shop. As well as information on schools and property.

Where is Wellingborough?

Wellingborough is a bustling market town in North Northamptonshire, East Midlands. The River Nene runs to its South East. Northampton town is 11 miles to its southwest. And Kettering is 10 miles north.

The borough of Wellingborough is approximately 63 square miles. There are vast open rural lands that connect to the south of the town.

Wellingborough’s history

Wellingborough has a dynamic history. Once called “Wendelingburgh” with roots in the Anglo-Saxon period of the 5th-11th century. It homed approximately 250 according to the Domesday Book of 1086.

Erected in the 10th century, Grade II-listed Jacobean Croyland Abbey is one of the oldest buildings in town.

The battle of Naseby took place in Wellingborough during the English Civil War in 1645. And after a great fire in 1738, the town was rebuilt on a hill where it sits today.

Wellingborough’s population grows steadily, with 76,400 residents in 2014 and 78,925 expected by the end of this year.

Local facts?

  • Five wells and springs surrounded its boundaries in the Anglo-Saxon period. The Red Well was the most famous, visited by Charles I.
  • A former resident of the town, Sir David Frost, interviewed US President Richard Nixon. This led to a 2008 film, Frost/Nixon.
  • The town had its own zoo called Croyland Gardens, which closed in 1970.
  • All parking in Wellingborough is free.

What to do?

With plenty of recreational activities on your doorstep, Wellingborough is perfect for family time and amusement.

Bursting with open, green spaces, there are approximately 109 parks and playgrounds to discover when living in Wellingborough.

Irchester Country Park

There's tons to do and see at Irchester Country Park. Explore 200 acres of woodland by foot or bike. Climb, swing and zip trees at the Jungle Parc. Kids can excavate at the Quarry play area and sand pit. Stop for a coffee, cake or roast at the Quarryman’s Rest cafe.

Wellingborough Museum

Discover Wellingborough’s vast history at Wellingborough Museum, built in 1892. Local artefacts and market town items take you back in time.

Santa Pod Raceway

Hosting 80 events annually, Santa Pod offers thrilling and affordable race and car shows, and festivals for the whole family.

You can otherwise knock down some pins at Hollywood Bowl. Be entertained at The Castle Theatre. Work your way out of an escape room at Trapp’d Wellingborough.

Where to eat?

There’s a fantastic selection of places to eat when living in Corby. You can expect the biggest chains, such as McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut. As well as local family-run restaurants, pubs and cafes.

Niwan Restaurant

Niwan Restaurant lets you in on the vibrant flavours of Turkish cuisine. They serve quality authentic dishes, such as grilled diced lamb and shish and sucuk. Served alongside your choice of 20 wines from Turkey.

June Plum Food Ltd

A family-run Jamaican restaurant that brings the taste of the island to Wellingborough. Indulge in classic dishes such as goat curry, Jerk chicken, key lime pie and homemade carrot cake.

The Miller Carvery & Steakhouse

Head to the pub for a traditional roast or vegetarian alternative from £9.95. Alternatively, a delicious homemade burger or a steak to your size (8oz - 32oz) and doneness preference.

Where to shop?

Swansgate Shopping Centre

In the heart of the town, Swansgate Shopping Centre caters to all your retail needs. From phones and chemists to beauty, books and clothes.

High St

Take a walk down High St - the main retail stretch of Wellingborough. Pop to Irvins House of Frazer, The Creative Cupcakes company and many more brands.

You’ll also find the likes of B&M, Tesco and Lidl to the south of the town for your weekly shop and home items.

Local schools

Wellingborough has an excellent selection of Ofsted good and outstanding schools to choose from.

Friars Academy

Friars Academy is an Ofsted Outstanding primary school that supports every child academically, creatively and socially.

Wellingborough School

Wellingborough School has served the local community of children aged 3-19 and their families for over 425 years. The independent school prides itself on academic excellence and helping pupils discover their potential.

Sir Christopher Hatton Academy

This high school and sixth form is the highest-performing secondary in Northamptonshire. An inspirational learning environment underpinned by high standards of mutual respect and supportive teaching.

Local transport

Wellingborough has a pool of residents who commute. London is 69 miles away via the M1, and 55 minutes away by train. You can also travel to Nottingham, Bedford and Corby by rail from Wellingborough railway station.

Drive to the closest cities in less than an hour. These include Peterborough, Leicester and Milton Keynes. Additionally, the largest town of Northampton in as little as 20 minutes.

Moving to Wellingborough - local property

You already know there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, and local recreation and retail. So let’s tie it all up with the properties, which make Wellingborough a fantastic place to raise a family or invest in real estate.

How much can you expect to pay for a property?

Properties sold for an average of £242,658 in Wellingborough over the last year (2022).

The type of property that’s bought the most? Semi-detached properties, for an average price of £247,261. Second, terraced properties for the reasonable price of £190,875. And detached properties for £339,538.

Sold prices grew by a significant 7% over the last year.

As for average local council tax rates, they’re £1,210, which is below the UK average of £1,493.

The properties on offer come in various styles, as expected of a historic area developing through initiatives of a huge government plan. Excellent news for the growing population and new job prospects.

Properties are a mix of historic, mid-century and newly-built. You can find terraced townhouses from 1894 a skip away from circa 1920’s homes. Also a few streets down from beautiful new family homes.

Moving to Wellingborough to rent

Rental prices range from £695 pcm for a two-bedroom semi-detached house to £1,350 pcm for a three-bedroom newly-built home.

If you’re ready to explore the local properties on the market, please get in touch with our Wellingborough estate agents who will be happy to help.

Call: 01933 316 131.

Email: info.rushden@primechoiceproperties.co.uk.

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