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Days out in Cambridgeshire 

St Ives - Days out in Cambridgeshire. Photo credit: Chris Boland
Photo by Chris Boland 

Days out in Cambridgeshire 

Discover the Delights of Cambridgeshire: Perfect Days Out in Cambridgeshire

With its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cultural scene, is a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered.  Whether ou’re a history buff, a nature lover, or simply looking for a lovely day out with family or friends, Cambridgeshire has something for everyone.  Let’s explore some of the best days out in this charming English county, guaranteeing fun, discovery, and relaxation. 

Days out in Cambridgeshire – Cambridge

A visit to Cambridgeshire wouldn’t be complete without spending a day in the famous university city of Cambridge. Wander through the cobblestone streets, admire the architecture of the university colleges, and don’t miss the chance to go punting on the River Cam. 

A guided punt tour offers fascinating stories about the city and the university’s history, making it a relaxing way to see Cambridge.

Days out in Cambridgeshire – Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral is just a short drive from Cambridge down the A10 and also has a train station with links across the country. Ely is known as the Ship of the Fens and the Cathedral dominates the skyline – an architectural wonder not to be missed and has been the setting for many films.

 While in Ely, also enjoy a stroll around the quaint town centre or a leisurely walk by the riverside and the boats.

The market is also worth a visit and has been at the heart of Ely for over 800 years and there are three main markets a week on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday – plus a Farmers’ Market twice a month and Mini-Markets every Friday.

Days out in Cambridgeshire – Wicken Fen

Wicken Fen Nature Reserve offers an exceptional outdoor experience. As one of Europe’s most important wetlands, it hosts a variety of plant, bird, and animal species. Walking trails and boardwalks meander through the reserve, making it accessible for all ages. 

 There’s also the opportunity to visit an old Fenland Cottage, which is like stepping back in time.

Whether you’re birdwatching, enjoying a family picnic, or simply soaking up the tranquil atmosphere, it’s a lovely place for a day out. 

Days out in Cambridgeshire – Duxford Museum

Duxford is a short drive from Cambridge along the M11. The museum gives you the chance to walk through hangars displaying iconic aircraft from both World Wars and beyond. The museum offers interactive exhibits, making it an engaging experience for visitors of all ages. 

Don’t miss the air shows hosted throughout the year, offering breathtaking aerial displays and a unique glimpse into aviation history.

Days out in Cambridgeshire – St Ives

Discover the Delights of St. Ives The market town of St. Ives, situated on the banks of the River Great Ouse, offers a more laid-back day out.  Browse through the market on Mondays for local produce and unique finds or enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the riverside cafés.

For a touch of adventure, hire a boat and explore the peaceful waterways at your own pace. St Ives is a 15-minute drive away from Cambridge or it’s easily accessible by the guided bus.

Days out in Cambridgeshire – Grantchester Meadows

Cambridge is surrounded by lush green spaces and picturesque nature spots. Pack a picnic and head to the Grantchester Meadows for a tranquil escape or take a leisurely walk along the River Cam to enjoy the stunning natural beauty.

It’s also a great place to stop for Afternoon Tea and the famous Orchard Tearooms is renowned for the famous people who have enjoyed its setting including Rupert Brooke and Virginia Woolf.

Days out in Cambridgeshire – Wimpole Hall Farm

Wimpole Home Farm Estate in Cambridgeshire offers a delightful journey back in time to traditional farming life. 

There are lot going on from the chance to meet and learn about the farm’s animals—including pigs, cows, and sheep—to seasonal demonstrations of lambing, shearing, and harvesting, which bring the agricultural cycle to life.

There’s also a gothic folly at Wimpole located in the vast 3,000-acre grounds. 

 Whether you’re an animal lover, a history enthusiast, or looking for a family-friendly day out in the countryside, Wimpole Home Farm provides a unique glimpse into the past with activities that engage and educate visitors on the importance of farming in our history and future.

 Days out in Cambridgeshire – Anglesey Abbey

 At Anglesey Abbey, near Cambridge, you can wander through the stunningly landscaped gardens that burst with colour in every season, explore the historic working watermill, or take a leisurely stroll among the classical statues and art installations scattered throughout the grounds.

  There’s also an adventure playground for children to enjoy, including a giant treehouse.

 Don’t miss the House itself, which is rich in history and packed with an eclectic collection of artwork, antiques, and beautifully preserved rooms that transport you back in time.

Days out in Cambridgeshire – Newmarket Horse Racing Museum

 This unique museum offers an intimate glimpse into the rich tapestry of horse racing history.  Interactive displays will engage you, bringing the stories of legendary jockeys and their equine partners to life. Don’t miss the chance to try out the racehorse simulator, where you can experience firsthand the thrill and challenges of being a jockey.

 Newmarket can be accessed by train, bus or car.

 Days out in Cambridgeshire – Bury St Edmunds 

 Start your adventure in Bury St Edmunds with a visit to the magnificent St Edmundsbury Cathedral, where the blend of medieval and modern architecture is sure to amaze and its 160ft tower looks into the town.

 Then, take a leisurely stroll through the Abbey Gardens, a 14-acre park and a serene oasis in the heart of town, perfect for a peaceful walk or a picturesque picnic. 

 The town is full of history and the Moyse’s Hall Museum gives you a snapshot into the past. Charles Dickens also visited this town a lot and it features in some of his work. You can see a blue plaque dedicated to him outside The Angel Hotel. Bury St Edmunds can be accessed by train, bus or car.

 Days out in Cambridgeshire – Houghton Mill

 Houghton Mill, nestled near the quaint market town of Huntingdon in Cambridge, is a picturesque and historical gem waiting to be explored. 

 This enchanting watermill, located on the banks of the Great Ouse River, has roots stretching back to the 17th century, making it one of the oldest and best-preserved mills in the region. Once a bustling hub for grinding wheat into flour, Houghton Mill today opens its doors to visitors, offering a captivating glimpse into the past. 

 With its scenic surroundings, charming tearoom, and engaging activities such as flour milling demonstrations it’s a great place to explore.

 Cambridgeshire’s diverse attractions make it an ideal destination for those seeking history, nature, and leisure. Each location offers its own unique charm, promising memorable days out for families, couples, and solo explorers. So, pack a picnic, grab your camera, and set off to discover the delightful experiences that await in Cambridgeshire. 

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