History & heritage

History all around!

History all around!

This region has been the site of many of history's most notable events.

Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey is a Jacobean-style house with gardens and a working watermill. A passion for tradition and impressing guests inspired one man to transform a run-down country house and desolate landscape.

Audley End House & Gardens

Audley End House & Gardens

Explore this decadent Jacobean mansion house and meet the staff in the Victorian Service Wing. Wander the tranquil gardens created by ‘Capability’ Brown, and enjoy stunning views across the unspoilt Essex countryside.

Black Shuck Ghost Tour

Black Shuck Ghost Tour

Whether you are a confirmed cynic or a big believer in the supernatural – The Black Shuck Ghost Tours team are here to take you on thrilling tours and exciting experiences to show a darker side to the ancient city of Cambridge.

Cambridge American Cemetery

Cambridge American Cemetery

Walk amongst the headstone in the landscaped grounds; sit by the pools and reflect on the lives of the soldiers, sailors, coast guardsmen and airmen; gaze in awe at the ceiling mosaic of the Memorial Building.

Centre for Computing History

The Centre for Computing History

Much more than a museum, the Centre for Computing History hosts hands-on exhibitions, learning workshops and a wide range of events. Most importantly, it makes the history of computing relevant and fun for all ages!

Classic Wings

Classic Wings

From March to October Classic Wings’ fleet of vintage aircraft take off from IWM Duxford offering a truly memorable experience to all who fly with them. Choose from a range of nostalgic flights or purchase gift vouchers.

Ely Cathedral

Ely Cathedral

Around Ely Cathedral you can explore attractive parkland and one of the largest collections of medieval monastery buildings still in daily use. It is easy to spend a whole day, and longer, visiting the cathedral, and the city of Ely.

Ely Museum

Ely Museum

The Ely Museum is a bright and friendly local history museum, located in the Bishop’s Gaol in the centre of the historical city of Ely. The museum is the history centre for the Isle of Ely and the Fens.

Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey

Farmland Museum

Throughout the season at Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey, there is a packed programme of events to appeal to all ages including 1940s weekend and a Farm & Countryside day. It’s easily accessible just off the A10.

Fitzwilliam Museum

Fitzwilliam Museum

Find the museum in a beautiful, neo-classical building with its monumental columns housing an immense collection of paintings, sculpture and ancient treasures, including work by artists such as Picasso, Monet, Constable and Rubens.

Houghton Mill

Houghton Mill

Experience the sound and atmosphere of a traditional working mill, have a go at making flour or lose yourself in the tranquillity of the riverside setting. Find it on an Island on the Great River Ouse.

Ickworth

Ickworth

Ickworth’s impressive Rotunda – a magnificent showcase commmissioned by the 4th Earl of Bristol to house his priceless treasures collected on tours around Europe in the 18th-century – is an architectural marvel.

IWM Duxford

IWM Duxford

Discover the best of aviation at IWM Duxford. Stand in awe of everything from paper planes to jet fighters and Concorde at this historic airfield and museum. With eight hangars to explore you’ll find plenty to see and do.

MAA

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology has one of the most important collections of its kind in the UK. The museums collections span nearly two million years of human history, on all six inhabited continents.

Museum of Cambridge

Museum of Cambridge

The Museum of Cambridge (formerly known as the Folk Museum) is set in a 17th century building, which features nine themed rooms detailing the lives of Cambridgeshire people and showing how they used to live.

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Museum of Classical Archaeology

The Museum of Classical Archaeology is dedicated to the study of the classical past through the material and visual cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. It is home to one of the finest collections of plaster casts of sculpture.

Museum of Zoology

Museum of Zoology

The Museum of Zoology is home to a huge variety of recent and fossil animals. Displays trace the evolution of animal life, and admission is free. There is also a varied programme of temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

Oliver Cromwell’s House

Oliver Cromwell's House

Visit the former Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell’s family home. Experience what domestic life would have been like in the 17th century in a variety of re-created period rooms as well as an exhibition detailing the Civil War.

Peckover House

Peckover House

Peckover House is a secret gem, an oasis hidden away. The gardens are an outstanding 2 acres of sensory delight, complete with orangery, summer-houses, croquet lawn and rose garden with more than 60 species of rose.

Peterborough Museum

Peterborough Museum

Peterborough Museum has a wealth of stories to fascinate and enthral the whole family. With amazing objects and interactive displays for all ages, the collections comprise over 200,000 items of great importance.

Polar Museum

Polar Museum

The Scott Polar Research Institute holds a unique collection of artefacts, journals, paintings, photographs, clothing equipment, maps and other materials illustrating polar exploration, history and science.

Sedgwick Museum

Sedgwick Museum

The oldest of the University of Cambridge museums, having been established in 1728 as the Woodwardian Museum. Since then the collection has grown from about 10,000 fossils, minerals and rocks, to at least 2 million.

The Stained Glass Museum

The Stained Glass Museum

The Stained Glass Museum offers a unique insight into the history of stained glass, an art-form that has been practised in Britain for at least 1300 years. There are over 125 stained glass panels representing 800 years of history.

Trinity College

Trinity College

Since founded in 1546, Trinity College has flourished and grown, and is now a home to around 600 undergraduates, 300 graduates, and over 180 Fellows. Princes, spies, poets and prime-ministers have all been taught here.

Whipple Museum

Whipple Museum

The Whipple Museum’s interesting holdings are particularly strong in material dating from 17th to the 19th centuries. The collection contains objects dating from the medieval period to the present day.

Wimpole Estate

Wimpole Estate

Situated near Royston, the mansion, at the heart of this estate, is evidence of Elsie Bambridge’s success in creating a home. Explore intimate rooms contrast with beautiful and unexpected Georgian interiors.