Here are a selection of genuine testimonials for Heart of the Shires. We have, where possible, attributed the source writer and/or website.

“Different place to shop with a variety of small shops to browse, some of which have quality items as opposed to the run of the mill outlets found in most towns. Also lovely cafe which serves good food at reasonable prices . Worth a visit.”
Geoff D, Daventry, TripAdvisor

“This is a fine place to visit for quality objects and some unusual items. Food shop and sweet shop too. We ran out of time to see everything so will be making another trip soon.”
Clive Hubbard, Daventry, TripAdvisor

“If you want a change from town centres or chain garden centres, then this is a nice place to go. A small but varied selection of retail shops that make for a pleasant couple of hours in a really nice environment with loads of free parking.”
Chubchubbanana Rugby, TripAdvisor

“Popped in for a quick visit …..! Managed to lose two hours wandering around the quaint shops and a cheeky visit to the tea rooms where the scones and hot chocolate were not a disappointment. Hidden gem. A must visit.”
Sharon M, Luton, TripAdvisor

“After visiting the onsite tea rooms we went for a wander around the little shops which are very quaint and all different from one another. There are furniture, pet, gift style and cookery shops. There’s also ample parking.”
Bexxcx, Northampton, TripAdvisor

“A little different to your normal shopping centre. Some really interesting little shops. You can get anything from food to furniture. Great place to get a quirky gift for that difficult friend.”
James B, Northampton, TripAdvisor

“Love this hidden away shopping village. Love abraxus for kitchen/tableware. Nice coffee shop clothes shop. Cards/shoes/slippers/bridal. Antique shop. Lovely ladies clothes shop. Just to name a few. Well worth a visit. Support local!”
Janey Jou, Northamptonshire, TripAdvisor


I love this quaint shopping village! Such lovely shops and all the staff are friendly. The staff in the tea shop and Abraxas always seem to remember me! Surely I’m not there that often… Just maybe every chance I get? I also always pop in for takeaway food from Darlingtons for long car journeys.
Jen Fidal, Google Review

Great place to find independent shops selling goods you can’t find anywhere easily. Good variety, good restaurant on complex. Toilets clean. Would recommend this place to anyone. Gift shops, cook shop old fashioned sweet shop etc.”
Gordon Fleming, Google Review

Fantastic place to shop. Always find beautiful gifts here. Cannot recommend it enough.
Jane Dobedoe, Google Review

Lovely quaint shopping village..just like walking back in time..quality products and retro toys and games.”
Michelle Markiewicz, Google Review

Spent a few pleasent hours here, very nice, had a lovely lunch and then enjoyed looking around the shops, beautiful settings.
Jill Shepherd, Google Review

One of my favourite places to visit.”
Sarah Lea, Google Review

“Lovely shopping complex with a nice range of craft shops lovely cafe that serves good food. Nicely laid out.”
Michaela Lucas, Google Review


The Heart of the Shires shopping village