Cambridgeshire is a county in the South of England, also known as “Cambs” or County Cambridge. Cambridgeshire, as it is known today, was formed in 1965 from the counties of Cambridgeshire and Ely and Huntingdon and Peterborough.
It is famed for its version of Silicon Valley, known as Silicon Fen which is a cluster of high-tech companies with interests in biotechnology, genetics, and software. Cambridgeshire is also the home of the world-renowned center of educational excellence, Cambridge University.
Towns in Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire has many important towns including its county town, Cambridge, home of the University of Cambridge.
Cambridge is a university town and a seat of learning in Britain and many important figures in history have lived and studied there including John Major, once Prime Minister of Britain, world-famous scientist Steven Hawking, as well as musician Roger Waters and actor Baron Richard Attenborough.
Aside from the university, Cambridge has ample shopping, and a deep love of takeaway food, with its students, recorded as spending more than any other town on Chinese and Indian food. Cambridge is around two hours by train, and three hours by bus from London.
Wisbech is a town full of life and bustle, a civil parish with a population of around thirty-two thousand and is situated on the Fens of Cambridgeshire, a naturally marshy land in South-East England. Its people are sometimes named “Fen Tigers” because of the strong opposition is shown in opposing the draining of their beloved fenlands in the 17th century.
Situated three hours by train from London, Wisbech would later become a wealthy port town because of the fen drainage project, as evidenced by its modern-day bustling town center, full of great shops, cinemas, and theatres.
Huntingdon has a very important place in British history, being the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell and a regular haunt of the legendary highwayman Dick Turpin who was executed in 1739. An important market town, it was chartered by King John in the 1205 and now boasts a wonderful collection of shops, salons, and boutiques.
Easily accessible from London via King’s Cross station, and only three hours away, Huntingdon is popular for its Historic Town Trail, which leads the walker past old jails, Norman stone-works, and even an old 19th Century mill.
Parks and Gardens Wimpole Estate
Wimpole Hall is a beautiful old house resting in three hundred and fifty acres of beautifully tended parkland. The gardens have been redesigned and reworked many times since they were first built in the seventeenth century.
Visitors are spoiled by the dazzling display of cleverly placed floral beds and completely taken by surprise at the variety of trees and bushes on display here. There is also a great barn, still containing the original implements used in the early 18th century. To see more, visit the website: Wimpole Estate
Elton Hall, Peterborough
Elton Hall has been in place since medieval times, with its absolutely immaculate gardens, and lovingly tended walkways sure to take the breath away. With its Gothic Orangery and absolutely gorgeous interiors,
Elton Hall is a magnificent building sitting in over 200 acres of luscious parkland and with a stunning art collection to boot. To view more information about Elton Hall, visit the website: Elton Hall
Chippenham Park is a wonderful three-hundred-acre garden estate, built at the end of the seventeenth century. It is packed with beautiful trees, ponds and shrubs, with stunning floral displays and hosts a children’s Easter egg,
hunt every Easter. With its Queen Anne style house, and sprawling avenues that were created in celebration of the battle formations of La Hogue, Chippenham Park is a treat for the whole family. View more details about Chippenham Park here: Chippenham Park Gardens
Attractions and Places to See
Imperial War Museum, Duxford
Learn about the military history of Britain in fine detail at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. With air shows, the history of land warfare and the Battle of Britain, the museum also boasts privately owned and fully restored RAF aircraft on display in an RAF 2 style hangar.
You can also see the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Sally B”, the star of the hit film “Memphis Belle”. See the website for more information: IWM Duxford
The Centre for Computing History
This wonderful exhibit celebrates mankind’s obsession and triumphs in computer technology, showing everything from the earliest calculator, educating visitors about games consoles, the origins of computer science and much more.
With new events happening almost nightly, The Centre for Computing History is a must-see for technology nuts and technophobes alike. To view more, see their website: The Centre for Computing History
Cambridge University Botanic Garden
The Botanic Garden at Cambridge University has been an inspiration for professional and amateur gardeners for the last two centuries. With indigenous populations of frogs, birds, and insects, plus a thriving plant and tree population, the University Botanic Garden is a center for ecological sensibility and excellence that is revered country-wide.
Visitors are held in thrall as they stroll around the beautifully manicured gardens, drinking in the bustle of insect, mammal and marine life on display. Visit the website here: Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Things to Do
Cambridgeshire is a-bustle with wonderful activities and days out for the single traveler or families alike.
Flight Simulator Experience
Fly the friendly skies as you take control of a Boeing or Airbus jumbo jet, in this one-of-a-kind simulator, all completely under the supervision of a top class commercial pilot.
The simulator is a multi-million-pound training unit and is used to train Airbus and Boeing pilots from all over the world. Find out more about it here: Flight Simulator Experience
Shepreth Wildlife Park
From holding and cuddling a cockroach, to meeting real-life meerkats, there’s something for everyone at the Shepreth Wildlife Park. Amazing experiences are on offer at Shepreth Wildlife Park, including the chance to be a junior keeper or even look after a tiger for a day. Also on site, but as a separate attraction, is Waterworld and Bug City with talks on invertebrates
and other creepy crawlies sure to interest the younger enthusiast. With a fantastic array of wild animals too, you can visit the Shepreth Wildlife Park website here: Shepreth Wildlife Park
A wonderful falconry facility, based in Wisbech, visitors can expect to see wonderful displays of bird control, with falconry teams proudly displaying their handling skills in the renowned “Flight of the Falcon” display. With many different breeds of bird to see and find out about, including owls, hawks, and kestrels,
Fens Falconry is a fantastic day out and experiences for the whole family and they offer different experience days for the different breeds they work so expertly with. Visit their site here: Fens Falconry
Afternoon Tea Ideas in Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire enjoys its afternoon tea as a tradition as much as any other English County and is proud to offer many, lovely tea rooms and facilities.
On Huntingdon Road in Cambridge, Hotel Felix is proud to offer its “Felix Tea”, which is a superb selection of sandwiches including egg mayonnaise, ham and tomato chutney and poached salmon with lemon mayonnaise.
They also offer delicious cakes and scones, plus an unusual passion fruit and white chocolate filled macaroon that is absolutely heavenly. Find out more about the Hotel Felix here: Hotel Felix Afternoon Tea
The Orchard Tea Room, Wisbech
The Orchard Tea Room is a wonderful example of fantastic hospitality and lovely local tradition, with its history of apple picking stretching back three generations of the current owner’s family.
On the menu are homemade apple pies, cakes, clotted cream and strawberry jam along with refreshing, piping hot tea and a range of freshly made, sumptuous sandwiches. Find out more here: The Orchard Tea Room
Wedding Venues in Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire has some wonderful countryside to see along with some absolutely idyllic wedding venues.
A traditional, beautiful old country house, Anstey Hall has been the venue of some absolutely gorgeous weddings. Completely family-run, the hall itself is decorated with a selection of different period styles, including contemporary modern, Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian bedrooms.
Set in 12 acres of beautiful gardens, the hall has bags of character, with stunning interiors perfect for winter weddings. Find out more about Anstey Hall here: Anstey Hall
Hidden away in luxurious parkland and ancient woods, Longstowe Hall is located only a couple of miles outside the town of Cambridge. With its own beautiful, peaceful lake and tranquil manicured gardens,
the house itself dates back to Elizabethan England and has a wonderful rose garden and stunning great lawn. Visit Longstowe Hall’s website here: Longstowe Hall
Campsites / Caravans
Cambridgeshire is a very green county and so is very popular with campers and caravan enthusiasts from all over Britain.
Caravan Club Sites
• Cambridge Caravanning Club – 19 Cabbage Moor, Great Shelford, Cambridge
• Cherry Hinton Caravan Site – Lime Kiln Road, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge
• Ferry Meadows – Ham Lane, Peterborough
• The Missing Sock, Newmarket Road, Stow Cum Quy, Cambridge
• Fourwinds, 113 Whittlesey Road, March
• Houghton Mill – Mill Street, Houghton, Huntingdon
• Grafham Water – Church Road, Grafham, Huntingdon
• Fields End – Benwick Road, Doddington, March