Oundle is situated on a curve in the river Nene. Built of local Jurassic limestone with roofs of Collyweston slate, the town retains its medieval street plan and is full of interesting independent shops, galleries, a museum and an array of pubs and teashops.
In 1556, Sir Williams Laxton, Master of the Grocer's Company and Lord Mayor of London, founded Laxton Grammar School , which in 1876 was divided into Laxton School for day boys and Oundle School for boarders. The school buildings form an integral part of the town, as it now owns most of the grander houses. Oundle School is one of the largest independent schools in England.
St Peters Church has the tallest spire in the county, standing at a magnificent 210 feet high. The architecture of the church is mainly Early English, though some parts are in the Decorated and Perpendicular style.
The Talbot Hotel is one of Oundle's finest buildings. Dating from 1626, its splendid oak staircase is reputed to have come from Fotheringhay Castle.
A bustling market is held on Thursday since 972 AD and a farmers market is held on the second Saturday every month.