Cambridgeshire,situated in East Anglia, is rich in heritage and natural history. There areancient cities, towns and villages with quiet charm and beauty to explore.Cambridgeshire's countryside offers fresh green uplands, contrasting with thelowlands and broad horizons of the Fens. The County contains many sites ofSpecial Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserves.
Thisuniversity town of Cambridge is ajewel in the crown of English architecture. Situated on the banks of the RiverCam, surrounded by a Green Belt of water meadows, streams and pools, Cambridgewill draw you back many times. First time visitors will benefit by taking aguided tour of the city.
The countryside ofSouth Cambridgeshire is rural and varied, with rolling chalk hills covered withbeech woods to flat, fertile fenland. Discover picturesque villages such asGranchester, home of the poet Rupert Brooke, who lived in the Old Rectory.Attractions in South Cambridge shire include Anglesey Abbey and the ImperialWar Museum Duxford. Picture courtesy ofwww.britainonview.com.The area offers cycle ways and walks and local rivers arefamous for coarse and game fishing.
St.Neots is an ancient market town which is now the largest town in Cambridgeshire. Nearby Paxton Pitts Nature Reserve is home to the second largestbreeding cormorant colony in England.
OliverCromwell's House in Ely, whosemagnificent Cathedral stands like alandmark towering above the fens, is well worth a visit. Ely lies on the banksof the Great River Ouse, where the crew of Cambridge University practices forthe famous boat race between Cambridge and Oxford Universities.
Takea trip on atraditional river launch along the picturesque waterfront, or ride the FensCycle Way, which starts at Ely. ElyMuseum is worth visiting to learn more about the area. Visit Wicken Fen,Britain's oldest nature reserve to see a huge range of wildlife. Four mileseast of Ely is Prick willow Drainage Engine Museum, home of the 1924 fivecylinder Mirlees - the museum explains the history of Fen drainage.
Huntingdonis the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell who was a pupil at the Old Grammar School(now the Cromwell Museum), as was Samuel Pepys. Explore the area's historictowns and villages, such as Hemingford Grey and visit the oldest continuouslyinhabited house in England. HemingfordGrey Manor, which was the home of Lucy Boston, author of the Green Knowbooks for children.
Theancient market town of St. Ives stands on the banks of the River Great Ouse,spanned by a six arch 15th century bridge with the tiny chapel of St. Ledger inthe centre, one of four medieval bridge chapels surviving in England.
CambridgeshireTourist InformationPicture courtesy of www.britainonview.com. can be found inthe Minster Precincts of PeterboroughCathedral. In 1536 Peterborough's Norman cathedral became the burial placeof Henry VIII's first wife, Katharine of Aragon. Nearby is the 3,000 year old Flag Fen Bronze Age Settlement, one ofEurope's most important archaeological sites from that period.
Wisbechis an elegant Georgian town, surrounded by orchards and bulb fields. Visit theWisbech and Fenland Museum, Peckover House and lovers of real ale should takethe opportunity to visit Elgoods Brewery, to sample its traditional ale.