Address: Franklin’s Gardens, Weedon Rd, Northampton NN5 5BG
Telephone: 01604 751543
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Saints
Year Ground Opened: 1888
Shirt Sponsors: TOOLSTATION
Kit Manufacturer: Macron
Home Kit: Black, Green and Yellow
Away Kit: Black Lime Green and Yellow
WHAT’S FRANKLIN’S GARDENS LIKE?
Impressive stadium with good facilities, plenty of options for eating and drinking. All seats give a good clear uninterrupted view of the pitch.
The Hospitality suite in the Barwell Stand is very well run with excellent food and drink and efficient service. Ideal for corporate entertainment or an individual treat.
FRANKLIN’S GARDENS MAP
PUBS NEAR FRANKLIN’S GARDENS
The stadium isn’t too far out of the town centre, so if you want to grab some pre- or post-match refreshments there are plenty of options. Here are the three we’d recommend.
Pubs and restaurants near Franklin’s Gardens
- Albion Brewery Bar – as any seasoned Northampton drinker will tell you, Phipps Northampton Brewery Company is one of the town’s legendary names. The heritage brewery was revived in 2008 and once again occupies the Albion Brewery just off Bridge Street – reopened 40 years after Phipps was last brewed in Northampton. It is also home to a brewery tap bar serving a diverse range of ales, lagers, spirits and wines.
- The Wig & Pen – The Wig and Pen on St Giles Street is a historical pub offering great quality food in the heart of Northampton. A proud supporter of the Saints, this pub is a perfect watering hole for rugby fans on game day.
- The Malt Shovel Tavern – Inside this pub you will find award winning real ales, as well as a selection of single malt whiskies, Belgian bottled beers and continental lagers that will keep any rugby fan happy no matter what the result.
DIRECTIONS AND CAR PARKING
Franklin’s Gardens has over 2,000 spaces available across six car parks, all within easy walking distance of the stadium itself. Given that the stadium is in a residential area of the town, fans are strongly urged to use the club’s car parks. Should they choose not to do so, supporters must park with due care and respect to the needs of local residents and businesses.
HOW TO GET TO FRANKLIN’S GARDENS
Season Ticket Holders can save 50 percent on their match day train travel to Northampton with London Midland from Rugby, Milton Keynes, Bletchley and Leighton Buzzard. CLICK HERE for more information!
London Midland also serves Northampton from as far afield as Birmingham, London, and other major centres of population along this part of the West Coast Main Line. Both Birmingham and London are approx. one hour’s travel time from Northampton, with Franklin’s Gardens a short walk (or shorter bus ride – see below) from Northampton station.
For full information about regional train services head to www.londonmidland.com
A number of bus services operate along Weedon Road, with stops outside Franklin’s Gardens.
Number 5 runs between Northampton town centre and New Duston.
Numbers 9 and 9A run between Northampton town centre and Duston.
Numbers 15 and 15A run between Northampton town centre and St Crispins.
Numbers D1, D2 and D3 run between Northampton town centre and Weedon and Daventry
Number 50 runs between Northampton town centre and Swan Valley, with a stop on Edgar Mobbs Way by the Saints; official car parks.
Number 3 runs between Northampton town centre and Harlestone Manor, with a stop at the junction between Harlestone Road and Weedon Road, approx 200 metres from Franklin’s Gardens.
Number 96 runs between Northampton centre and Long Buckby, East Haddon and Rugby, with a stop at the junction between Harlestone Road and Weedon Road, approx 200 metres from Franklin’s Gardens.
All of the above also stop outside Northampton train station.
Further services operate between Northampton town centre and Wellingborough, Kettering, Milton Keynes and other regional centres. Change at Northampton bus station for connecting services to Franklin’s Gardens.
For more information and the full map of the local bus network head to www.stagecoachbus.com/northants-map.aspx
London Luton and Nottingham East Midlands are easily accessible by road from Northampton via the M1. Birmingham International is also within reach and has a direct rail link with London Midland trains.
FRANKLIN’S GARDENS DISABLED FACILITIES
Disabled car parking places can be booked in advance, but are normally taken up by season pass holders. Disabled supporters can be dropped off by the Saints Ticket Office, with drivers then able to use the club main car parks.
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Official website: https://www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/
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