Cambridgeshire is a county in the east midlands part of England landlocked by the counties of Hertfordshire, Essex, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Rutland, Suffolk, Northamptonshire and Norfolk. Cambridgeshire might not feature any coastal visitor attractions but there is a diverse range of other attractions which make this an incredible place to take a vacation. In the article below I explain why tourists should consider a trip to this most picturesque region of the UK.
The English county of Cambridgeshire features prestigious stately homes, outstanding cathedrals, exciting waterways, breathtaking countryside, busy picturesque market towns and the fascinating city of Cambridge. The city of Cambridge is a tremendously popular Cambridgeshire attraction which is suitable for vacations, or short city breaks, in any month of the year.
Tourist attractions in this photogenic university town include The Backs, The Fitzwilliam Museum, The Round Church, The Folk Museum, Denny Abbey and The Orchard Tea Garden, but the majority of tourists spend time in Cambridge to view the sights associated with some of the thirty one university 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 colleges however the most beautiful buildings to wander around are those belonging to St John’s College, Magdalene College, Trinity College and Corpus Christi.
The Fens are a marshy district very close to the level of the sea. There there have been countless attempts at draining the ground some dating back to the Romans. It wasn’t until the start of the Seventeenth Century that concerted efforts were made. Unfortunately these attempts failed and it wasn’t until the 18th & 19th Centuries that their efforts were met with success and the land was used for farming.
In modern times the unique landscape of salt and fresh water marshes provide the perfect environment for leisure and wildlife. Cambridgeshire features some of the British Isles’ least congested waterways, ideal for a narrow boat vacation.
If you want to learn more about the highly interesting Fenlands then you will discover that the towns of Wisbech, Chatteris, Whittlesey and March each feature a great museum.
The Historic Market Towns
Across the county are located gorgeous little market towns, which, way back in the past were actually islands. The town of March developed as a port during the Tudor era and has a rich history. Other small island communities included Chatteris, Whittlesey, Littleport and Ramsey. The small market towns feature quaint architecture a number of centuries such as the Seventeenth Century Butter Cross at Whittlesey. Several hours can be pleasantly passed searching the numerous independent businesses, shops and stalls.
Other Attractions In Cambridgeshire
The list of local tourist attractions is enormous. Railways include the Wisbech and March Bramley Line and the Nene Valley Railway and there are a few fascinating buildings worth a visit including Down Field Windmill, Great Gransden Post Mill, Houghton Mill and Lode Watermill.
The county is home to a small number of historic religious buildings for example the abbeys of Denny, Anglesey, Ramsey and Spinney, Ely Cathedral and Peterborough Cathedral as well as Duxford Chapel and the Old Vicarage at Grantchester. The list of historic houses, castles and stately homes is simply so huge that it could not possible be shown here, it is the same with the listings of museums & art galleries.