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Updated: Sep 6, 2021


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Things to See In Cambridgeshire, England

Are you planning a road trip to Cambridgeshire? Or perhaps you're just looking for a day out with the family?

In this post, I will list all the places I would like to see during my road trip of Cambridgeshire.

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Places to see in Cambridgeshire


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Historical sites

Camping sites


Attractions, Museums etc

  • American Air Museum - This museum dedicated to the US 8th and 9th Army Air Force houses a large collection of American combat aircraft.

  • The Animal Experience - The Animal Experience has moved to our new site at Stretham, a family business founded in 1995, offering hands on experiences with a wide variety of snakes, lizards, tarantulas, meerkats, coatis.

  • The Backs

  • Bridge of Sighs

  • Cambs Lock Antiques & Collectables Centre

  • Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial - At Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, we commemorate the service, achievements, and sacrifice of 10,000 American military service members and civilian volunteers who fought for freedom during World War II (WWII).

  • Cambridge Corn Exchange

  • Corpus Clock

  • The Cromwell Museum - Housed in the former grammar school that Oliver Cromwell attended, this history museum features a collection of paintings and personal items related to the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth during the 17th century.

  • Ely Markets - Ely Markets are a chartered market in the centre of the historic Cathedral City of Ely. Markets are held every Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

  • Ely Museum - Ely Museum, 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 & the Fens and it takes you on a journey through time from prehistory to the twentieth century.

  • Exotic Pet Refuge

  • Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum - Opening times. Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm. Saturdays 10am to 5pm and Sundays 10am to 4pm. Entry for Adults £3. 14 to 17 yrs £2 and under 14 free and we we now have contactless payments if required.

  • Fitzwilliam Museum - Museum houses vast collections of antiquities from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, including exhibits of English and European pottery and glass, furniture, clocks, Chinese jades, and ceramics from Japan and Korea.

  • Fens Falconry - Fens Falconry is a private (appointment only) falconry facility located in the Capital of the Fens, Wisbech. We run experience days, school visits and private functions as well as Flying Demonstrations at events.

  • Fossils Galore - Welcome to Fossils Galore, Fossils Galore is a non-profit education centre that started in 2002 as a website for round the world fossil and crystal enthusiasts, this then grew and became the centre it is today.

  • Hamerton Zoo Park - Rare, unusual and endangered animals in a natural country setting covering over 20 acres of the Huntingdonshire wolds - including many species unique to Hamerton and not seen in any other zoo in the country.

  • Kettle's Yard - Come to Kettle's Yard to enjoy art in an inspiring setting. Experience changing exhibitions in our new galleries and explore a wonderful collection of art in a historic house.

  • Linton Zoo - At Linton Zoo, emphasis is on conservation and education, while providing an enjoyable family outing. There is a wealth of rare and exotic creatures to see including Tigers, Lions, Tapirs, Lemurs, Owls, Parrots, Giant Tortoises, Tarantula Spiders and many others.

  • Market Square - Cambridge is a market city, and stalls have been trading at the historic market square in the city centre since the middle ages

  • Mill Road

  • Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - Come to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge to see world-class collections of art and artefacts from all over the world. Objects ranging from stone tools and pots to sculptures and paintings represent cultures and histories over millennia.

  • Nene Valley Railway - The NVR is a great day out for the kids and the exciting train ride is just part of it, remember loads of our attractions are free like the children's play area and the river-side picnic spot and you can jump, off at other stations and explore what they have to offer too.

  • The Norris Museum - The Norris Museum tells the stories of Huntingdonshire from 160 million years ago to the present day. The Museum is located in picturesque St Ives, Cambridgeshire in a beautiful riverside building.

  • Oliver Cromwell's House

  • Peterborough Museum - Located in one of the city’s most historic buildings, Peterborough Museum has a wealth of stories to fascinate and enthrall the whole family.

  • Peterborough One Retail Park - Built in 2010 as Peterborough Garden Park and reimagined in 2017, Peterborough One Retail Park is the ‘One Destination’ shopping and leisure experience for the whole family.

  • Raptor Foundation

  • Railworld Wildlife Haven

  • Reptile Mania

  • The Royal Anglian Regiment Museum - Based at IWM Duxford, the Royal Anglian Regiment Museum tells the history of the regiment from its inception to the present day.

  • Shepreth Wildlife Park - Shepreth Wildlife Park first started as a private sanctuary in 1979. WillersMill Wild Animal Sanctuary, as it was known, was a refuge for creatures great and small, including rescued foxes, hedgehogs and badgers, alongside many different species of unlicensed exotics.

  • University of Cambridge - Founded in 1209, nearly a century after Oxford University was established, the university was formally incorporated in 1571 and was patterned after those of Oxford and Paris with a traditional course of study based on Latin grammar, rhetoric and logic, arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy.

  • University Museum of Zoology - The University Museum of Zoology is one of Cambridge's major attractions. It reopened in 2018 after a five year redevelopment programme. It offers the visitor an opportunity to explore new galleries displaying the diversity of animal life.

  • Wimpole Home Farm

  • Winwick Barn Alpacas - Alpaca Experience & ALPACA WALKING. Family run working alpaca farm based near Huntingdon Cambs. Alpaca Adoption. Gift Vouchers & Gifts. Fleece Sales & Needle Felting Kits. Breeding & Selling quality Alpacas in a wide range of colours.

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Architecture

  • Anglesey Abbey - Scenic mansion features a unique collection of painted views of Windsor, spanning a 350-year period, and a 20th-century garden designed on the grounds of an Augustinian priory.

  • Clare College - Founded in 1326 as University Hall, this is the second oldest of the Cambridge colleges.

  • Christ's College - It is said that Poet John Milton sat and wrote poetry under a tree on the grounds of this College, whose famous alumni include General Jan Smuts, John Milton, Charles Darwin and CP Snow.

  • Corpus Christi College - Founded in 1352 by the townspeople of old Cambridge, this is one of the older and more central Colleges of Cambridge University.

  • Downing College - Downing College, dating from the early 1800s, has a unique setting amidst 20 acres of lawns and trees. While the college environment itself is quiet and peaceful, the museums, shops and River Cam in the very heart of Cambridge is only a few minutes walk away.

  • Ely Cathedral - With its unique 14th-century octagonal lantern tower, Ely Cathedral is counted among the wonders of the medieval world.

  • Emmanuel College - Part of the University of Cambridge, this college was founded by Sir Walter Mildmay in 1584 on the site of a former priory of the Dominican Order, known as the Black Friars or Preachers.

  • Girton College - Opened in 1873 by two leaders of the feminist movement, Emily Davies and Barbara Bodichon, to establish a women's college in Cambridge.

  • Gonville and Caius College - Commonly referred to as Caius (pronounced Keys,) this college offers graduate and undergraduate studies to approximately 800 students every year, and is part of the University of Cambridge.

  • Great St Mary's Church (Church of England) - Overlooking the market place in the centre of Cambridge, this beautiful church dates back to 1205 - even older than the University of Cambridge! Great St Mary's was built, rebuilt, burned and built again over the centuries.

  • Houghton Mill (National Trust)

  • Island Hall

  • Jesus College - One of the colleges of Cambridge University that was built on the site of a 12th-century nunnery, and which today features spacious grounds and a pretty 16th-century cloister court.

  • John Clare Cottage

  • King's College - Dating from the mid-15th century and one of the finest examples of medieval architect, this college’s main draw is its chapel that houses Rubens’ Adoration of the Magi.

  • King's College Chapel - This imposing English Gothic structure was built between 1446 and 1515, and is the site where many great scholars were educated.

  • Mathematical Bridge

  • Netherhall Manor

  • Our Lady and the English Martyrs (Roman Catholic) - Built in 1890, this magnificent neo-Gothic structure features a 214-foot spire, stained-glass windows and murals, and a 16th-century wooden statue of the Virgin Mary.

  • Pembroke College - Founded in 1347, this is the third oldest of the Cambridge colleges, which features a chapel that was the debut commission of architect Christopher Wren in 1665.

  • Peterborough Cathedral - Peterborough Cathedral is in the heart of the historic city of Peterborough, England. There has been a place of worship and prayer on the site for 1350 years,

  • Peterhouse Cambridge - Founded in 1284 by Hugo de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, this is the oldest college in Cambridge, and with under 400 students, one of the smallest.

  • The Round Church Visitor Centre - Before Newton and Darwin, Milton and Lewis, before the Colleges and the University... the Round Church in Cambridge was built. Start at the second oldest building in the city to learn about the history of Cambridge through a 25 minute film and an engaging exhibition.

  • Saint Wendreda's Church

  • Queens' College - Margaret of Anjou, Henry VIs wife, and Elizabeth Woodville, Edward VIs wife, founded this small and intimate college at Cambridge University in 1448.

  • St Andrew's Church

  • St Helena and St Mary's Church

  • St Ives Bridge

  • St John The Baptist Church

  • St Neots Parish Church St Mary the Virgin

  • Trinity College - Founded in 1546 by Henry VIII, this college boasts the famous apple tree that prompted Isaac Newton to develop his theory of gravity.

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Beaches and bays


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Castles, Palaces and Stately homes

  • Elton Hall & Gardens - Elton Hall is a baronial hall in Elton, Cambridgeshire. Home to the Proby family for over 400 years, the Hall is a fascinating Grade I listed building packed with treasures, fine art, porcelain and furniture.

  • Hinchingbrooke House

  • The Manor - This is a historic house and is different site altogether from Hemingford Grey House (a residential conference center).

  • Wimpole Estate - The original house on this 3,000-acre estate was built for Sir Thomas Chicheley in the 1640s, rebuilt and added to over the years, and finally restored to its proper splendor today.

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Cities, towns, villages and islands

  • Cambridge

  • Ely

  • Grantchester Village - Located a short distance from the center of Cambridge, this historic and picturesque village features a magnificent medieval church, quaint thatched cottages and a pool where Lord Byron used to swim.

  • Huntingdon

  • March

  • Peterborough

  • St Ives

  • St Neots

  • Whittlesford

  • Wisbech

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Nature reserves/national parks/gardens/lakes/forests/walks

  • Bretton Water Park

  • Cambridge University Botanic Garden - An oasis in the city, this great Garden makes a great day out. This heritage-listed botanic garden was originally conceived by Charles Darwin's mentor and teacher, Professor John Henslow.

  • Central Park

  • Chilford Hall Vineyard

  • Chippenham Park - Chippenham Park is a private house with extensive and award-winning gardens open to the public at certain times of the year and for private tours and events.

  • Ferry Meadows Country Park - There is something for everybody at Ferry Meadows. Imagine somewhere beautiful, safe and unspoilt where you can walk, cycle, play, horse-ride, ride a train, go fishing, exercise the dog, jog, push the buggy and explore endless meadows, lakes and woodland all less than three miles from Peterborough's busy city centre.

  • Grafham Water Park - Grafham Water Park is situated in the beautiful Cambridgeshire countyside with excellant road links to the A1 and A14. Many activities are available including fishing, walking, bird watching, cycling, sailing, plus much more.

  • Hinchingbrooke Country Park

  • Holt Island Nature Reserve

  • Itter Park

  • Jesus Green - This urban oasis of calm is considered one of Cambridge’s most popular parks with acres of grass, an avenue of Plane trees and an outdoor swimming pool in the summer.

  • Jubilee Gardens

  • Lattersey Local Nature Reserve

  • Milton Country Park - This city park offers many recreational activities for the outdoor enthusiast, which includes over two miles of surfaced paths for walking and biking, marked trails for horseback riding, pi