Our Top Ten Cambridgeshire Attractions

Kings College

Cambridge University is one of the great post-secondary institutions in the world, with a colourful history and a distinguished alumni. Kings College, located on the University grounds, was founded in 1441 by King Henry VI.


It is also a favourite of visitors who want to get a taste of its hallowed halls without passing the stringent entrance requirements.


Tours of iconic Kings College, part of Cambridge University can be booked, with alumni leading the way.


For more information, visit this link.


The Fitzwilliam Museum

As befits Cambridge University's long and illustrious history, the affiliated Fitzwilliam Museum features an impressive collection of art and antiquities.


The museum has an outstanding Egyptian collection, as well as artifacts from other ancient cultures.


Artwork featured includes pieces by Vincent Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Rubens and Rembrandt, among many others.


More information can be found at the Museum website.


Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum Duxford specializes in military aviation history. The museum chronicles the story of Britain's military air experience, from World War I to World War 2 to the present day.


Aviation buffs will find exhibits and aircraft from every era. There are World War I biplanes, Hurricanes and Spitfires from World War 2 and jet aircraft from the Cold War and beyond. There is an American aviation exhibit, featuring a B-17 Liberator, a B-29 and a B-52.


Air shows featuring classic aircraft are regularly put on by the Museum, using the attached airstrip.


For more information, visit the Imperial War Museum website.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE, UK - OCTOBER 5TH 2015: Some of the aircraft on display at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridgeshire, on 5th October 2015.

National Trust - Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill

Containing a working mill, 114 acres of gardens and a stately Jacobean-style manor, Anglesey Abbey and Gardens is administered by the National Trust and is located in the small village of Lode, under ten kilometres from Cambridge. It was built in 1600 and is one of the major area tourist attractions in the area.


For more information, visit the National Trust website.





Wicken Fen Nature Reserve

The National Trust's oldest nature reserve, Wicken Fen is one of only four remaining wild Fen areas in East Anglia. It covers 629 acres and offers nature lovers a chance to experience the area as it was before humans drained the fenlands.


For those unfamiliar with the term fen, it is a peat accumulating wetland similar to a marsh, bog or swamp.


For more information, visit the National Trust website.


The Centre for Computing History

Cambridgeshire offers the perfect stop for the technophile who doesn't want to visit a bunch of historic or natural sites.


The Centre for Computing History is located in Cambridge, which is understandable as the city is the centre of Britain's high tech industry.


It has a large collection of vintage computers and video game consoles, and interactive exhibits offer something for everyone, no matter what their technological skill level is.


For more information, visit the centre's website.

2PN1TB3 Acorn BBC Micro Computer at the Centre for Computing History, Cambridge, UK

On the trail of Oliver Cromwell

Cambridgeshire's most controversial son, Oliver Cromwell was born in Huntingdon (site of the Oliver Cromwell Museum, lived in Ely (where you can visit his house) and has a statue dedicated to himself in St. Ives.


For those with little exposure to English history, Cromwell was one of the most important figures in the story of Great Britain. He was a soldier, statesman and a politician . After the execution of Charles I in 1649, Cromwell ruled over England as its Lord Protector from 1653 to 1658.


Flag Fen Archaeology Park

For a trip into Britain's distant past, there are few places better than Flag Fen Archaeological Park just outside Peterborough.


The park was the site of a Bronze Age settlement over 3500 years ago, predating the Romans and other peoples by over 1500 years. It has been the subject of a large archaeological dig since it was discovered in 1982, and has a very informative visitor centre onsite.


For more information visit the park website.


Ely Cathedral

Something that Cambridgeshire doesn't lack is cathedrals. The county features awe-inspiring monuments to faith in Peterborough, Cambridge and Ely.


However, if you can only visit one cathedral in Cambridgeshire, the one in Ely should probably be it.


Featuring a Romansque building style, it towers above the surrounding countryside. Known as the "ship of the Fens" because it towers over the Fen lands, it is a major tourist attraction, and more than 250,000 people visit it annually.


For more information, visit the Ely Cathedral website.


The Cambridge Gin Laboratory

For gin-lovers and those curious about the drink, there is nowhere better to get an in-depth look than at Cambridge's Gin Laboratory, run by the Cambridge Distillery.


It bills itself as an interactive space dedicated to the appreciation of gin. More information can be found on their website.

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