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Taking Vacations In Cambridgeshire

By Andrew Kelly

Cambridgeshire is a county in the east midlands area of England surrounded by the counties of Northamptonshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Rutland, Essex, Bedfordshire, Lincolnshire and Hertfordshire. This part of England might not possess a coastline but there is a wide range of other attractions which make this an outstanding place to have a vacation. In the article below I explain why people should consider a trip to this most beautiful part of the United Kingdom.

The English county of Cambridgeshire features breathtaking countryside, outstanding cathedrals, prestigious stately homes, exciting waterways, busy market towns and the fascinating city of Cambridge. The city of Cambridge is a highly popular Cambridgeshire visitor attraction which is highly suitable for all year around vacations.

Visitor attractions in this intensely photogenic university town include The Folk Museum, The Round Church, The Backs, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Denny Abbey and The Orchard Tea Garden, however the vast majority of tourists travel to the town to take in the sights belonging to some of the 31 colleges such as Cambridge University Botanic Garden and King’s College & King’s College Chapel. It can take a very long time to visit all of the university colleges however the finest buildings to wander around are those belonging to Corpus Christi, Magdalene College, Trinity College and St John’s College.


The Fens are a generally marshy district very close to the level of the sea. There have been many attempts at draining the land some dating back to the Romans. It wasn’t until the beginning of the Seventeenth Century that serious efforts were made. Unfortunately these attempts failed and it wasn’t until the 18th & 19th Centuries that the land was drained successfully and the land was used for farming.

These days the intriguing landscape of marshes of salt and fresh water provide a superb environment for wildlife and leisure. Cambridgeshire features some of England’s least congested waterways, ideal for narrow boat trips.

If you want to learn more about the fascinating Fenlands then you will discover that the small towns of Wisbech, Chatteris, Whittlesey and March are home to a superb local museum.

The Historic Market Towns

Across the area are situated picturesque little market towns, which, a long time ago were virtually islands. The town of March developed as a port during Tudor Times and has an incredible history. Other petite island communities included Whittlesey, Ramsey, Chatteris and Littleport. The small towns have quaint architecture spanning a few hundred years such as Whittlesey’s 17th century Butter Cross. Many hours can be pleasantly passed perusing the many independent businesses, shops and stalls.

Other Cambridgeshire Attractions

There is a tremendous list of local visitor attractions. Heritage railways include the Nene Valley Railway and the Wisbech and March Bramley Line and there a small number of fascinating buildings worth seeing including Great Gransden Post Mill, Down Field Windmill, Lode Watermill and Houghton Mill.

The county has a small collection of historic religious buildings such as the abbeys of Ramsey, Anglesey, Denny and Spinney, Peterborough Cathedral and Ely Cathedral as well as Duxford Chapel and the Old Vicarage at Grantchester. The list of stately homes, historic houses and castles is simply so big that there is insufficient space to include it here, it is similar with the list of museums and art galleries.

If you are currently planning a vacation in Cambridgeshire and are booking Cambridge hotels please take a look at our comprehensive listings of Cambridge bed and breakfast accommodation

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