Our guide to holidays in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Oh how we love Cambridgeshire. This picturesque patchwork of rolling countryside, English tradition and looming landmarks is home to everything from historic market towns to pretty little villages. It’s a place to take time out, open the map each day and pick your next adventure, and the beauty is that there’s always something new to explore.
Just imagine winding waterways, ever-so-opulent stately homes and cobbled streets lines with boutiques. Cambridgeshire is a place where landscape and history merge, and that means there’s a day out to suit every kind of visitor. If you want to explore on foot, you’ll be able to take your pick from one of the walking tours on offer in the city of Cambridge, or hire a bike and see what you can see on one of the city’s cycle routes.
Perfect for culture vultures, Cambridgeshire’s long had a reputation for its elegant pastimes and quintessentially British feel. This is the place to try your hand at punting, take in a show at the Cambridge Corn Exchange or take in the history at Kings College with a guided tour.
Things to do in Cambridgeshire
Let’s start with the things to do that are right in the heart of the city. We mean those attractions that you have to tick off the list before you can truly say that you’ve seen Cambridgeshire. Well, punting is one of the most traditional ways to see the city from the river, and what could be more relaxing than watching life on the banks glide by while you’re ferried gently along the water?
If you’ve always wondered what life’s like behind the walls of Kings College, you can join one of the regular walking tours that take visitors behind the scenes of one the world’s most famous universities, and this one’s great for finding out more about the city’s history too. If you’re keen to get your bearings and see the city on foot, you’ll find a whole choice of walking tours that are designed to make sure that you don’t miss a thing,
Some of the biggest names in UK television have carved their careers from the stages of Cambridge, so it’s no surprise that it prides itself on its fantastic theatre scene. Whether you’re in the mood to sing along to a West End show or watch the ballet, venues such as the Cambridge Corn Exchange offer an ever-changing programme of shows for the whole family.
So what about those days when you’re content to explore wider Cambridgeshire? Well, it’s really just a question of deciding what you want to do. If you’re a fan of ITV’s Grantchester, then you can discover the village by the same name and see if you can recognise the local landscape that forms the show’s setting.
Places to visit in Cambridgeshire
If you’re not quite overt Downton Abbey yet then you’re in luck,, you’ll find a stately home with a story behind its walls for every day of the week in Cambridgeshire, so there’s plenty of opportunity to sweep up spiral staircases and wander immaculate gardens. From the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate to Peckover House and Garden – a stunning Georgian townhouse, you’ll have your pick.
There’s good news for those of you with a passion for art, the city centre’s home to more than 70 sculptures, and three sculpture trails. Trail 1 and 3 should take around two hours each to wander, so they’re a popular way to explore the city and take in some inspiring sculptures along the way.
Head back out of the city to wider Cambridgeshire, and you’ll find an unspoilt landscape dotted with fens, villages and cycle trails, so it’s perfect for those leisurely breaks. Whether you’re dreaming of long lazy cycle rides with plenty of pit stops at local pubs along the way, or spending some time in one of the region’s historic towns like Wisbech, you’ll find a different adventure at every turn.
Make sure you take time to explore the market towns of the region during your Cambridgeshire holiday, as they offer a slower pace of life and a taste of the traditions that have been prominent for centuries. Every town has its own unique character and history, so it’s great fun spending time in each and getting to know the area.