Cambridgeshire Travel Guide

Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire

Introduction and Overview

The Cambridgeshire Travel Guide highlights a range of interesting attractions and places of interest for visitors. The area guide includes travel information on local events, entertainment, nightlife and accommodation giving an insight in to the county.

The county is located in the East of England and is renowned as the home for the world famous university in its most famous city Cambridge. The university has given the city a worldwide appeal with visitors coming here from around the world.

Cambridgeshire essentially has two main landscapes these are the rolling chalk hills to the south and the Fens to the north that are known for being flat. Prior to being drained, the Fens were marshlands that were under water for most of the time.

The county itself has more to offer than just Cambridge, many visitors see Cambridge but miss out on other attractions around the county.

The charming cathedral city of Ely is well worth a look, it is a small, quiet city a short distance outside of Cambridge, and it has some beautiful historical buildings, some of which date back to medieval times.

Ely is famous for its wonderful cathedral as its centre peace. There is also a waterside area where visitors can take a boat trip or go for a relaxing riverside walk or visit the lovely cafes on the front.

St. Ives is a historic market town that has been inhabited since the Stone Age. St Ives is located approx 15 miles from the city of Cambridge. The area is the midst of conservations areas that are rich in flora, making it a lovely place to visit.

There are picturesque scenes here of thatched buildings to Georgian ones and many listed buildings. Well known landmarks include St Ives Bridge and the St Ives Corn Exchange a Grade II listed building.

The history of the town has been well preserved for all to see. The town centre includes a choice of shops, bars, restaurants and coffee shops.

The town of St. Neots once known among ‘the sister towns of Huntingdonshire’. The town is located 15 miles from Cambridge close to the border with Bedfordshire. St. Neots and St Ives are linked by the Great Ouse, St. Neot’s has a market place that is several hundred years old and includes some impressive buildings.

There are still weekly markets held here and visitors wanting to experience the laid back atmosphere may wish to attend the markets. The town has a church St. Mary the Virgin, the town can be enjoyed on the banks of the river, where visitors are treated to some wonderful views.

The town of Huntingdon is located less than 20 miles from Cambridge, the town is well known for being the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell. The town is located on the banks of the River Ouse and includes a number of historic churches.

Ramsey is a small market town located 30 miles north of Cambridge. The historic town is known for Ramsey Abbey, founded back in 969; the quiet town provides visitors with a chance to see rural England providing a contrast to the hustle and bustle of the cities.

Ramsey Rural Museum is located in the town; housed include renovated 17th century farm buildings, the museum includes vehicles, machinery and implements documenting 200 years of rural life in the area.

The city of Peterborough is located 40 miles north of Cambridge. The history of the city dates back to the Bronze age, the city is currently in a period of growth with regeneration of the city centre and surrounding areas.

Places of interest in the city and surrounding areas include the Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, Peterborough Cathedral, one of the finest examples of Norman churches in England, Longthorpe Tower and Nene Park.

Burghley House is located 10 miles from Peterborough, the 16th century country house is renowned for its 16th century English architecture and parkland designed by Capability Brown.

The famous city of Cambridge is high on visitors must see lists when visiting Cambridgeshire. Visitors have the chance to wonder on the cobblestone streets when exploring Cambridge. Most of the city can be best explored by foot, the compact nature of the city making this possible.

With its long and distinguished history visitors are treated to many sights and attractions in Cambridge.

The city is well known its association with Cambridge University, one of the most renowned and best known universities in the world. Visitors can visit one of the various colleges that form the university to get an insight in to the tradition, history and academic excellence the university is renowned for.

Cambridgeshire offers visitors the opportunity to explore both historic and contemporary attractions. The famous city of Cambridge is likely to be central in visitor’s plans but it should be noted that apart from the city of Cambridge and its many attractions, the county of Cambridgeshire has much to offer visitors.

It is well worth exploring Cambridgeshire outside of Cambridge if time permits, it is a charming county full of character.

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