Here are a selection of genuine testimonials for Heart of the Shires. We have, where possible, attributed the source writer and/or website.
Heart of the Shires Reviews
“Excellent Centre for a relaxed shopping experience Cafe is very good and the kitchen shop has everything you need”
John Webster, Google

“Always a worthwhile trip from Germany to shop here”
Michael McCarthy, Google

“A great place for Independent shops in a good location. Not a High St chain shop in sight. Hooray”
Susan Armstrong, Google

“Well worth a visit. Lovely clothes sweet and hair dressers shop plus furniture and kitchen ware shop. A real gem. Will visit again. Restaurants very nice too”
Daphne Richardson, Google

“Great for antiques and gift ideas and a good coffee shop as well”
Brian Hodges, Google

“Beautiful corner of Northampton”
Catherine Hand, Google

“Nice place very good eatery”
Christopher Revel-Homfray, Google

“Great place fantastic”
Belinda Finlayson, Google

“Very varied outlets including gifts and kitchen ware. Plenty of parking”
Marion Darnell, Google

“Always love to take visitors”
Doreen Mackie, Google

“This is a very nice shopping village with an array of shops which include a number of clothing boutiques, a Joules, a vintage market, sweets shop, tea room and a fantastic cooking store”
Amy Stein, Google

“A hidden little gem”
Matt Clayson, Google

“Lots of good shops and a great cookware shop”
John Duffy, Google

“I just love visiting the Heart of the Shires. There is a fantastic collection of shops and I have purchased a fair few gifts over the years. An amazing place to visit”
Bernice Clare Goddard, Facebook

“We popped here to browse for Xmas presents. It was busy but pleasent. Well worth a visit at all times during the year. Good coffee shop too”
chris504019, Tripadvisor

“You need at least four hours to have a good look around. Plenty of original and handmade items in Simply Salvaged. Bought all my Christmas pressies there. Love the enormous kitchen shop on the first floor. Beautiful selection of Christmas decorations.
Two dress shops, both worth a look around. Coffee shop is great, lovely staff, great food, gets busy at lunch. Open every day. A fabulous day out.”
Susan D, Tripadvisor

“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