The original city of Northampton was fully destroyed in a huge fire in 1675. However, the tragedy led to success as the subsequent rebuild was described by Daniel Defoe as being the best-built and most handsome town in the area, thanks to its open planning and attractive layout. The main rebuild was focused around the large market square, where many of Northampton's restaurants, cafes and shops can be found today. Visitors love the history of this town, with two important buildings that survived the fire being open to the public - Welsh House and Haslerigg House. Other attractions include the Art Gallery and Central Museum, Charles Rennie Mackintosh House and Abington Park just outside of the city itself. Visitors also enjoy the excellent dining scene in the area, with some great restaurants in Northampton itself and in the county beyond.