Cambridge: (7.5 miles)
Cambridge and the surrounding area hold an unrivalled reputation for being a centre of excellence both in learning and ambience. Now its famous Colleges are home to over 17,000 students – Kings College Chapel is a familiar image all over the world. Cambridge’s heritage also includes an outstanding record of scientific and artistic achievements – Newton, Darwin, Wordsworth, Milton, Ian McKellan, John Cleese, Emma Thompson and Zadie Smith were all educated here.
For a relatively small city, there are many things to do in Cambridge. It is rich in museums, ancient churches and historical tradition. No visit to Cambridge would be complete without seeing the Fitzwilliam Museum, with its outstanding picture collection, or the Round Church, one of only 4 round churches in Britain. And the University College Gardens are one of the great secret delights of the city – Clare’s, Emmanuel’s and Newnham’s are particularly spectacular. Also have agreat family dayout punting onthe River Cam.
Ely: (7.5 miles)
The historic city of Ely, full of charm and beauty and home to one of the most magnificent cathedrals in England and Oliver Cromwell’s House.
Nestled in the Fen countryside, this small city in East Cambridgeshire is your ideal day visit or short break location. Whether it is a tranquil, peaceful retreat you are looking for or an inspiring, invigorating visit then the bustling city of Ely surrounded by dramatic countryside has it all.
Ely has the major tourist locations of Cambridge and Newmarket on its doorstep. Not forgetting of course the numerous small villages and towns in between that each have their own individual characteristics to offer. Therefore, Ely makes for an ideal base for exploring the area.
Newmarket: (17 miles)
A market town in the English county of Suffolk. It is generally considered the birthplace and global centre of thoroughbred horse racing. It is the largest racehorse training centre in Britain, and home to most major British horseracing institutions. Nine of the UK’s 32 Group 1 flat races are held at Newmarket, the same number as at Ascot Racecourse. It has two racetracks, The Rowley Mile and The July Course.
Duxford: (21 miles)
The Imperial War Museum’s magnificent collection of aircraft, including Britain’s first Concorde. There are regular flying days and exhibitions of military vehicles.
Madingley: (11 miles)
The American Cemetry.
The National Trust:
Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill (11.3 miles) – Glorious Jacobean-style house with an eclectic collection, within outstanding gardens with a working watermill. Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve (7.8 miles) – The National Trust’s oldest nature reserve, and England’s most famous fen. Wimpole Estate (19.5 miles) – Magnificent country house, part of the grandest working estate in Cambridgeshire — also includes Home Farm.
Denny Abbey and the Farmland Museum (1 mile) – Denny Abbey has a unique and fascinating history still traceable in the building and interpreted for visitors by graphic panels. Duxford Chapel (16 miles) – A modest but complete and attractive 14th century chantry chapel, perhaps originally a hospital. Isleham Priory Church (15 miles) – Isleham Priory Church is the best example in England of a small Norman Benedictine priory church, surviving in a surprisingly unaltered state despite later conversion into a barn.
There are many traditional English country pubs and restaurants in surrounding villages if you fancy a lunch or evening out or just for a relaxing drink after a long day seeing all the sites nearby.
There are nice long walks to enjoy along by the campsite by yourself or take your pets with you.
St Neots: (24 miles)
Explore the history of St Neots on foot and take either a guided or a self-guided tour of the town. Alternatively, visit the town’s Museum. Housed in the former magistrates’ court/police station it tells the story of St Neots from prehistoric times to the present day.
Paxton Pits Nature Reserve at Little Paxton, St Neots, comprises 75 hectares of gravel pits, meadows, scrub and woodland next to the River Great Ouse. There is a wealth of wildlife to enjoy all year round, and a network of marked paths. During May there are large numbers of Nightingales and many species of orchid can be found in the meadows.
St. Ives: (16 miles)
An historic market town on the Great Ouse river famous for it’s 15th Century river-bridge and chapel.
Peterborough: (33 miles)
The modern-day city of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, hides a wealth of history just waiting to be uncovered. Visit Flag Fen Bronze Age Centre where archaeologists found the oldest wheel in Britain. Then fast forward a few centuries to discover the “new” 12th century cathedral with the largest surviving example of a painted wooden ceiling from the Middle Ages.
Peterborough Museum is the city’s most haunted building – you can join in a ghost tour if you dare! They also have one of the best collections of marine monsters in the world. Why not take a trip on one of the steam engines at Nene Valley Railway and feel yourself transported to a bygone age. But do not forget our natural pleasures – green open spaces, lakes and riverside or take to two wheels and make most of the Green Wheel cycle network.