About Oundle

Oundle is a quintessentially English market with many of its central buildings dating from the seventeenth century.

The town has a population of around 6,000 and sits amidst the rolling countryside of Northamptonshire. Oundle’s centre comprises many listed buildings and a range of specialist shops. In addition, the town has a primary school, a middle school, a senior comprehensive school, a renown public school as well as many churches, restaurants, pubs, cafés and shops including two supermarkets. The latest official figures may be seen in Oundle’s 2011 Census Report


Oundle, has been occupied continuously since the Iron Age and in Roman times there was an extensive settlement nearby. The town was granted its market charter in the year 972 and there continues to be a weekly market and a monthly Farmers Market. You may find out more about Oundle through the ages on our History Page.

Census2011-LinkThe people in Oundle are very welcoming and welcome visitors to explore the beautiful town for themselves. Walking around Oundle is a delight with its many beautiful buildings including St Peter’s Church with the tallest spire in Northamptonshire. The town’s centre is historic and attractive and well worth investigating on foot with its many paths and alleyways between the buildings that lead to yards and hidden cottages as well as interesting and unusual places.

Visitors typically like to browse the shops and have coffee and cake or just sit in the historic market town and watch the world go by. There is always something to do; at the museum, the five major festivals, at the theater or cinema, or in the thriving pub and café culture. Oundle is three quarters surrounded by the River Nene and has a sizable marina. Visitors also like to take part the walking, cycling and kayaking opportunities and spotting the local wildlife, all of which is on hand nearby.


Oundle is twelve miles from the city of Peterborough, forty miles from Cambridge and 80 miles from London.