Northampton was the most important city in England during Saxon days. For shoe lovers you will get a kick out of the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery which has an exhibit on shoes from around the world across the ages, from stilted clogs to rawhide sandals. There are also some nice paintings and changing special exhibitions. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is Northampton’s oldest building at 9 centuries and is also one of the few surviving round churches in the country. It was founded after the first Earl of Northampton returned from the Crusades in 1100, and is modeled after its Jerusalem namesake. For entertainment there is the Picturedrome, which features regular comedy nights, live music, and other events. It is a little way out of town but a breath of fresh air. The Royal Theater is the main arts center in Northampton and hosts everything from theater to opera performers from around the world. The structure itself is done in impressive Victorian style.