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Royal Hotel Kettering: Where History Meets Comfort

Welcome to Royal Hotel Kettering, an inviting hotel nestled in the vibrant heart of Kettering. Our Grade II listed building, with over 200 years of history, is a notable destination for travellers seeking a unique blend of historical elegance and modern comfort. As a celebrated choice among hotels in Northamptonshire, we're committed to making your stay memorable.
Our hotel offers 43 ensuite rooms, each thoughtfully designed for comfort, catering to everyone from business travellers to families. Perfect for those on a work trip, our rooms provide a peaceful environment with modern conveniences like free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Enjoy a stay that seamlessly combines heritage with the needs of contemporary guests, ensuring both productivity and relaxation.
Conveniently located in Kettering, Royal Hotel Kettering offers easy access, serving as an ideal base for exploring the town’s rich history and vibrant culture. From the insightful Kettering Museum and Art Gallery to the bustling Cultural Quarter and local market area, our central location is unparalleled among Kettering hotels, providing effortless access to the town's top attractions.
Step out of our doors and into a world of exciting activities and sites. Visit Wicksteed Park for family fun, marvel at the grandeur of Boughton House, or explore the local history at the Manor House Museum. For a delightful farm experience, West Lodge Rural Centre is a must-visit. Every corner of Northamptonshire is a story waiting to be discovered.
At Royal Hotel Kettering, you're not just booking a room; you're becoming a part of history. From hosting Queen Victoria to preserving its architectural beauty, our hotel stands as a living testament to Kettering's past.

Royal Hotel Kettering

Market Place, Kettering, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom, NN16 0AJ

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Please note: Our car park is temporarily closed due to necessary structural repairs. We understand this may cause inconvenience, and we apologize for any disruption to your planned visit.
The car park will be closed to all guests until further notice.
Cancellation Policies:
Cancel free of charge until 3 days before arrival. The total price will be charged if cancelled within 5 days before arrival.
Cancel free of charge until 5 days before arrival. The total price will be charged if cancelled 5 days before arrival.
Early Bird:
Book at least 3 weeks in advance to get an extra discount.

Royal Hotel Kettering History and Architecture

The Grade II listed Royal Hotel Kettering – formerly The White Hart Hotel with more than 200 years of history – boasts in its book of records prominent guests such as Queen Victoria in 1844 and Charles Dickens in 1835. He was serving as a reporter for Morning Chronicle to cover Northamptonshire elections. Built in Jacobean style, the red-brick Royal Hotel Kettering is tastefully and impeccably ornamented by stone dressings and a Dutch gabled, Welsh slated roof at the back of meticulously designed cornice and parapet. The semi-circle bow windows also add to the intricacy and delicacy of the design. So, while you’re staying in Royal Hotel Kettering, you get to enjoy an authentic touch of history and marvel at the awe-inspiring architecture.


Located 5 minutes from Kettering town centre and Kettering Cenotaph, an iconic monument risen in the memory of fallen heroes in WWII, Royal Hotel Kettering stands in glamour and candour of this market town brimming with history and authenticity. No matter why you’re in Kettering, whether you’re on a business trip or vacation, the city of cotton has everything to cater for its admirers. Royal Hotel Kettering is set a short distance away from the nearest bus stop and Kettering Train Station, making the location ideal for a bigger group of travellers or those travelling on a budget. The nearest airport to Royal Hotel Kettering is Birmingham Airport, which lies 80 kilometres away or an easy one-hour drive.
In addition, Royal Hotel Kettering is conveniently close to the market area, where guests can buy anything around the hotel within a few minutes walking distance.

Royal Hotel Kettering in More Detail

The three-storey Royal Hotel Kettering offers 43 ensuite rooms, including Deluxe Single, Deluxe Double, Deluxe Twin, Deluxe King, Deluxe Triple, Standard Quad, Deluxe Quad, and Family and Deluxe Family rooms. Equipped with almost all mod cons, the rooms make for a comfortable and affordable stay no matter how many travel companions you’re bringing to Kettering. There is free Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel, and the rooms are laptop-friendly and feature a flat-screen TV, so you should never worry about working remotely and attending online business meetings.
Things to Note:
- Royal Hotel Kettering is currently under reconstruction. Thank you for your patience.
- The restaurant, bar, and nightclub at Royal Hotel Kettering are NOT currently working.

Things to Do near Royal Hotel Kettering

Located in the heart of North Northamptonshire, the vibrant market town of Kettering extends to you a myriad of attractions, restaurants, shops, and fun activities to enjoy your time while staying in the city. The Grade II listed Wicksteed Park, the first theme park in the country, is a 5-minute drive or an effortless 25-minute stroll from Royal Hotel Kettering. The park is a must-visit if you wish to have a fun family day out. Hailed as “one of Britain's grandest stately homes,” Boughton House – often entitled the “English Versailles” – is also very conveniently accessible, a maximum of 15-minute drive from the hotel. The marvellous House is there to awe you with its preserved splendour and well-trimmed garden and country park. Other attractions near Royal Hotel Kettering include:
- Kettering Museum and Art Gallery (2 min)
- Rushton Triangular Lodge (15 min)
- Kettering Conference Centre (7 min)
- Manor House Museum (1 min)
- Kirby Hall (20 min)
- Bugtopia (5 min)
- Billing Aquadrome (25 min)
When it comes to spending some leisure time and shopping, Kettering boasts a lot of options to offer you. Kettering’s Cultural Quarter encompassing Market Street, Sheep Street and Market Place features trendy shops, restaurants, and cafes, all in the immediate vicinity of Royal Hotel Kettering. The Yards – previously a fire station, and lovingly renovated and converted into a small retail market – is literally on the hotel’s doorstep! If you fancy a more modern shopping experience, Newlands Centre & High Street Shopping with its many high street shops, independent shops, and department stores are also not far from the hotel.
Being a Charter Market, Kettering also offers street markets on the traditional market days of Friday and Saturday, with different items of interest for sale, in Kettering town centre, footsteps from Royal Hotel Kettering. And the famous Flea Market is held on Wednesdays, featuring what is characterised by these shopping venues such as antiques and second-hand items. The market is equally close to the hotel.
Other similarly historic and bustling towns in close proximity (10 min from the hotel) and definitely worth a visit include Desborough, Rothwell, and Burton Latimer.
Kettering is also known for its excellent selection of restaurants and pubs such as Prezzo, Casa Di Roma and Mystic Diners. Although these are the nearest restaurants to Royal Hotel Kettering, many other options abound in the town centre, so it’s totally up to you to pick the right place, menu, and cuisine. Kettering’s town centre has been recognised as a safe, vibrant, and well-managed area, so you should expect an amazing nightlife experience. The status of Purple Flag given to the town centre guarantees this.
To those travelling to Kettering for business, Kettering Business Park – with direct access to J7 of the A14 – is an 8-minute drive and a 15-minute if you take a bus from Bus Interchange (Stop 14) and get off at Venture Park stop.

How to Get to Royal Hotel Kettering

Since Kettering benefits from an ideal central location, travelling to the town, and the hotel, is easy by either car or rail. London, Cambridge, Oxford, and Birmingham are just an-hour's drive away. East Midlands operates Kettering Train Station and offers trains to central London, not taking more than an hour. Other cities such as Bedford, Luton, Leicester, Nottingham, and Leeds are also easily accessible by train. Besides that, travelling to Kettering by bus proves to be fairly straightforward from different departure points. For more information, click here.

Overview of Amenities

TV (cable)
Working table/Laptop friendly
Hot water
Dining Table
Hair dryer
Bed linen
Fire extinguisher
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
First aid kit
Toilet paper
Mini fridge
Rubbish bin
Central heating
Cleaning products
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Reviews (14)

Shanti Krishnan, on 2024-04-18

Nice place, surrounded by restaurants. Beautiful place. Very safe.


Aamie Patel, on 2024-02-17

Straight forward check in, helpful staff when called about check out


Lorcan Lynch, on 2024-02-15

all good


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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Wi-Fi is available in all properties
If booked through an OTA you can cancel by contacting them, if booked directly, you can call or email us.
Cancellation Policies: Flexible and Monthly: Cancellation is free of charge until 5 days prior to arrival. The total price will be charged if cancelled less than 5 days prior to arrival. Early Bird: Non-Refundable. Book at least 3 weeks in advance to receive a discount.