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Cambridgeshire attractions

Cambridgeshire makes the most of its natural beauty and fascinating history and these are some of the best attractions to visit. People will already know Cambridge for its famous university (made up of 31 colleges), so your first port of call should be a tour of the colleges. You can either pay for an organised tour or just pick the ones that interest you most. Another must-do is to go punting on the River Cam. Punting is a great way to explore the backs of the colleges and see sights usually reserved for students or fellows. There are plenty of places to take a chauffeured (guided) punt if you fancy lying back and absorbing the history, or else you can hire your own and go it alone. Beautiful at any time of year, the Cambridge University Botanic Garden makes a relaxing and wonderfully rejuvenating stop on any itinerary.

Just 15 miles away from Cambridge is the historic city of Ely. With its beautiful cathedral and picturesque riverside, it’s a lovely place for a day trip or more. Ely Cathedral dates from the 11th century, and is recognisable for its Octagon Tower, which can be seen from miles around. Oliver Cromwell lived in Ely for 10 years and his house, not far from the cathedral, can be visited almost all year round. Huntingdon, around 16 miles north of Cambridge, was the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell – born in 1599 – and the Cromwell Museum tells the story of his life and legacy. This quaint market town, which dates back to around 1205, has a good mix of shopping and history.

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Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Cambridge University Botanic Garden

1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE

Beautiful at any time of year, the Cambridge University Botanic Garden makes a relaxing and wonderfully rejuvenating stop on any itinerary. Less than a mile from the city centre, it’s easily walkable, though plenty of buses pass nearby. The Botanic Garden features more than 8,000 species of plants and trees, while a descendant of Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree – from which it’s said he devised his theory of gravity – is planted on the lawn near the main ticket office. Set over 40 acres, the flowers, trees and space is breathtaking, while the brilliantly-designed Winter Garden is stunning from late autumn to winter. Visit website

Cambridge Punt Company
Punts on the river

2 Quayside, Cambridge CB5 8AB

Cambridge Punt Company offer 50 minute shared or private guided river tours of the beautiful River Cam. Your guide will effortlessly punt you along the one-mile stretch of the river known as “The Backs”, where you will see the unique sights of the Cambridge Colleges and so much more. Be assured of the quality of the tours through the Visit England Quality Rose Marque. Visit website

St Neots Museum
Family in museum

8 New Street, Saint Neots PE19 1AE

St Neots Museum presents the history of the busy market town of St Neots on the River Ouse, from prehistoric times onwards and includes the original early 20th-century gaol cells where prisoners where detained. Learn about the life of St Neot himself, about the medieval priory that once thrived here, and the Civil War battle of St Neots. Discover the story of the Great North Road and the coaches that made St Neot’s such an important staging post, and how the town changed with the coming of the railroad in 1851. Visit website

Chilford Hall

Balsham Road, Linton, Cambridge CB21 4LE

Chilford Hall is the home of one of England’s oldest established vineyards and one of the largest in East Anglia, producing award-winning wines. It has been in the Alper family since 1966 when it was bought by the late Sam Alper, designer of the famous Sprite caravan and founder of the famous Little Chef chain of restaurants. The first vines were planted in 1972 and equates to 18 acres with 17,000 vines and nine different varieties. Visit website

Hour Escape Rooms
Escape room

6F, Forward House, Aston Business Park, Shrewsbury Avenue, Woodston, Peterborough PE2 7BF

Hour Escape Rooms is a live one hour escape room venue based in Peterborough – can you escape within 60 minutes? Have fun and challenge yourself with friends or new acquaintances. This experience offers up a great chance to put your skills and apply teamwork against the clock. Players have to use their logical thinking, intelligence, dexterity and observation skills to make their way out! So players, be ready and use your detective minds and your powers of deduction to escape. Be aware it can be highly addictive! Visit website

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