Your guide to all things Cambridgshire
Welcome to CamGuide, your brand new guide to all things Cambridgeshire. Use this guide to take your first steps towards a relaxing and rewarding break in one of the most fascinating and beautiful counties in England.
24 HUNTINGDON A wealth of fascinating market towns centred around the River Great Ouse. 28 ST IVES
Visit this unique and fascinating area formed by nature and shaped by people over more than 6000 years
4 CAMBRIDGE Historic riverside market town, once the home of Oliver Cromwell.
Discover one of Britainâ€™s most famous, exciting and historical cities.
32 ST NEOTS This pretty town is the largest in Cambridgeshire. 36 PETERBOROUGH
A beautiful cathedral and riverside location are just two reasons to visit this city of the Fens.
Border town famous for its horseracing. 48 FOREST HEATH Discover the beauty and attractions in this countryside area.
A thriving, busy and exciting city, full of things to do.
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SCambridge Cambridge is a truly diverse city with a plethora of activities to keep you busy no matter how long your stay… There are a number of unmissable classically Cambridge activities which you really must do. These include:
Punting along the River Cam Punting along ‘The Backs’ or up towards the village of Grantchester is an essential part of any visitor’s trip to Cambridge. You can hire your own punt or hop on board one of the many chauffeured punts if you feel like taking things a bit easier. Punt bookings can be made from: Cambridge Chauffeur Punts (01223 354164) Scudamore’s Punting Company (01223 359750) Trinity Punts (01223 338483) The Granta Boat & Punting Company (01223 301845) Alternatively you can tour Cambridge and the surrounding areas by hopping on the City Sightseeing bus. The unmistakable red, opentopped double decker buses operate via 20 stops all over the city, taking you on a tour of all the top tourist attractions. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Tourist Information Centre or you can purchase them on the bus on the day of travel. For more details visit www.city-sightseeing.com
Open Spaces Cambridge’s city centre benefits from a number of open spaces, which are just perfect for a picnic, a wander by the river watching the rowers go by or relaxing and enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Jesus Green and Lammas Land are ideal for children as they both have great play areas and outdoor swimming facilities open during the summer months. Cambridge University Botanic Garden is less than a mile to the south of the city centre and five minutes walk from the railway station. This tranquil 40 acre garden offers year round interest to visitors. The Garden has a collection of over 10,000 labelled plant species in beautifully landscaped settings, including rock garden, lake, glasshouses, winter garden, woodland walk, and nine national collections. Opening times vary throughout the year so check their website before your visit. Admissions charges do apply. www.botanic.cam.ac.uk For the best view of Cambridge a climb up Castle Mound is a must - pick a clear day and you will even be able to see Ely Cathedral.
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SCambridge Museums and Galleries Cambridge and County Folk Museum Explore the life and times of Cambridgeshire people in this social history museum. Experience home and work life in the museum’s ten rooms, where you can view a 19th century kitchen, tradesmen’s tools, toys and games. April to September Monday to Saturday: 10.30am-5pm Sunday: 2pm-5pm. October to March Tuesday to Saturday: 10.30am-5pm Sunday: 2pm-5pm. 2/3 Castle Street (01223 355159) Cambridge Museum of Technology Based in the original sewage pumping station for Cambridge, this museum includes the pumping station's original equipment, a number of products manufactured by W. G. Pye of Cambridge and letterpress printing equipment. Until Easter: the first Sunday of each month 2pm-5pm From Easter to the end of October: every Sunday 2pm-5pm. Old Pumping Station, Cheddar's Lane (01223 368650) Cambridge University Library The University Library is a copyright library, holding over 7 million books and periodicals, and a million maps. Visitors are welcome to the library’s Exhibition Centre, which hosts
two major exhibitions a year. Mondays to Fridays 9.30am4.30pm. Saturdays 9.30am-4pm West Road (01223 333000) Fitzwilliam Museum The Fitzwilliam Museum houses world-class collections of works of art and antiquities spanning centuries and civilisations. Highlights include Egyptian, Western Asiatic, Greek and Roman antiquities, and Western European paintings dating from the 14th century. In addition to the excellent permanent collection, the museum also hosts a wideranging programme of temporary exhibitions. Free admission. Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-5pm Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays: 12-5pm. Trumpington Street, CB2 1RB (01223 332900) Kettle’s Yard Housing a distinctive collection of modern art, Kettle's Yard also hosts temporary exhibitions and talks and concerts during term time. Free admission. Tuesday-Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 11.30am-5pm Castle Street (01223 748100) Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Cambridge University’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology offers a feast of images and ideas. Come and see world-class collections of Oceanic, Asian, African and native American
art - canoes, sculptures, masks, and textiles - as well as major archaeological discoveries from Britain and around the world. Free admission. Tuesday-Saturday 10.30am-4.30pm. Downing Street (01223 333516) Museum of Classical Archaeology The Museum of Classical Archaeology is one of the few surviving collections of plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture in the world. The museum houses about 450 casts. Free admission. Monday to Friday: 10am-5pm Saturday: 10am-1pm. Sidgwick Avenue (01223 335153) Museum of Zoology View materials collected by Charles Darwin from his famous voyage on the 'Beagle'. Explore the large collection of mammal skeletons, including a spectacular Finback Whale, and discover the evolution and diversity of animal life. Free Admission. MondayFriday 10am-4.54pm. Downing Street (01223 336650) Peoples Portraits Exhibition at Girton College Representing ordinary people from all walks of life, this portrait collection offers a picture of the United Kingdom as it moved from the 20th century into the 21st. The artists are all members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
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The collection is open daily from 2-4pm, and at other times by appointment. Free Admission. Huntingdon Road (01223 338901) Scott Polar Research Institute Closed for major renovation until June 2010. Learn about the expeditions of Captain Scott, Sir John Franklin and other polar explorers. The Polar Museum will be displaying its unique collection of artefacts, journals, paintings, photographs, clothing, equipment, maps and other materials illustrating polar exploration and science. Lensfield Road (01223 336540) Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences The museum houses a spectacular collection of fossil animals and plants of all geological ages from all over the world. Explore more than 550 million years of the Earthâ€™s history. Free admission. Monday-Friday 10am-1pm and 25pm. Saturday 10am-4pm. Downing Street (01223 333456) Whipple Museum of the History of Science The Whipple Museum holds an internationally important collection of scientific instruments and models, dating from the Middle Ages to the present. Free admission. Monday-Friday 12.30-16.30. Free School Lane (01223 330906)
SCambridge Theatres, Cinemas and Concert Halls ADC Theatre The ADC is the main theatre space for the University of Cambridge and, as such, the venue for much of the student drama which is performed during University term-time. The theatre is also the main venue for Cambridge Word Fest, in April each year. Park Street (01223 359547) Arts Picturehouse This three-screen Arts cinema with a bar is housed in an Art Deco building and retains some of its original features. St Andrew's St (0871 7042050) Cambridge Arts Theatre Cambridge Arts Theatre is one of the UK’s most thriving regional theatres. The artistic programme offers the highest quality touring productions, as well as shows from top West End producers and student groups. St Edward’s Passage (01223 503333) Cambridge Corn Exchange The largest entertainment venue in Cambridge, the Corn Exchange hosts a variety of shows including concerts, musicals, comedy and ballet. Wheeler St (01223 357851) Cineworld Cinema This out-of-town cinema shows all the latest blockbusters on its 9 screens. Cambridge Leisure Park, Clifton Way (0871 2208000)
The Junction The Junction is a diverse cultural centre, primarily for young people, and presents a varied programme of dance, club nights, theatre, comedy and music. Clifton Road (01223 511511) Mumford Theatre A university theatre presenting a range of professional touring, local community and student theatre. It also presents music events including a series of free lunchtime recitals. Anglia Ruskin University, East Road (01223 352932) Vue Cinemas This 8-screen cinema is situated in The Grafton shopping complex and shows all the latest blockbusters. The Grafton (08712 240240) West Road Concert Hall West Road Concert Hall is one of Cambridge's premiere music venues. Ideally situated only minutes' walk from the famous Cambridge Backs and King's College, it is renowned for its superb acoustic qualities and plays host to a wide variety of events encompassing classical music, dance, world music, opera, jazz and more. West Road (01223 335184)
Bowling/sports Tenpin Bowling This 28-lane bowling alley provides fun for the whole family.
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While here you can also enjoy a game of pool, and grab a bite to eat at the Take 10 Diner Bar. Cambridge Leisure Park, Clifton Way (0871 873 2450) Parkside Pools Situated alongside Parker’s Piece, this centrally located pool features a 25-metre long pool, a children’s leisure pool and 2 flumes. Gonville Place (01223 446100) Jesus Green Outdoor Swimming Pool This 91-metre long pool dates from the 1920s, making it one of the oldest of its type in the country. In park surroundings, this is the perfect place to cool off on a summer’s day. Open May to September. Jesus Green (01223 302579) Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre This sports centre offers a wide range of fitness options, including gym, aerobics classes, squash courts, climbing wall, badminton and table tennis. Queen Anne Terrace (01223 462226) Cambridge United Football Club Cambridge’s premier football club located on the outskirts of the city centre. For fixtures and club information visit their website www.cambridgeunited.com R Costings Abbey Stadium, Newmarket Road.
Mathematical Bridge Red telephone boxes Trinity College St John’s College
The University of Cambridge, founded in 1209, is one of the world’s oldest universities.
Some of the most famous scientific minds in history have studied, researched or taught at the University. It is the home of Newton and Darwin, Crick and Watson, Babbage and Hawking. It is also the place where the first fully 3D computer game was written, where the precursor to the modern webcam was invented, and where some of today’s best-known entertainers began their careers. The University’s famous Colleges, University buildings, museums and collections attract visitors from all over the world.
Visiting Cambridge architecture and collections The most iconic building in Cambridge is King’s College Chapel. It was started in 1446 by Henry VI (1421-71) and took over a century to build. It has the largest fan vault ceiling in the world and some of the finest medieval stained glass. The Chapel is also the venue for the Christmas Eve service, A Festival of Nine Lessons, which is broadcast to millions around the world. www.kings.cam.ac.uk There are eight University museums and galleries in the
city centre - all free of charge. From paintings to penguins, zebra to zoetropes - the museums are a window on the objects and collections used by some of the world's most brilliant minds. www.cam.ac.uk/museums The Botanic Garden is a tranquil 40 acre oasis in the city centre. The Garden has a collection of over 10,000 labeled plant species in beautifully landscaped settings, including a rock garden, lake, glasshouses, winter garden and woodland walk. www.botanic.cam.ac.uk If books are your thing, why
not visit Trinity College’s Wren Library? The Wren Library was completed in 1695 to the design of Sir Christopher Wren. Among the special collections housed in the Wren are 1,250 medieval manuscripts; the Capell collection of early Shakespeare editions; many books from Sir Isaac Newton's own library; the Rothschild collection of 18th century English literature and A.A. Milne's manuscripts of Winnie-the-Pooh and The house at Pooh Corner. www.trin.cam.ac.uk
Open Cambridge is a weekend of talks and tours covering topics such as the history, architecture, art, gardens and libraries of the Colleges and University. www.cam.ac.uk/ opencambridge
Cambridge Colleges and over many of the city's bridges. 01223 723115 www.bridgethegapwalk.org
Cambridge Science Festival 14-27 March 2011 The 17th Cambridge Science Festival will feature a range of hands on activities and talks to suit all ages. With over 170 free events on topics from astronomy to zoology there's something to suit everyone.
The University has a rich calendar of events offering the general public a window onto its architecture, history and research. Annual highlights include: Open Cambridge 11-13 September 2010 Open Cambridge sees University and College buildings and collections go on show in a weekend of discovery for families, local residents and community groups. You will be able to meet University and College members face to face and find out about Cambridge's role over the past 800 years.
Bridge the Gap Charity Walk 13 September 2010 Join in a walk for all the family which raises money for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Press Relief, the News Community Fund. For the chance to visit several different Colleges in one day, you can take part in the Bridge the Gap Charity Walk. You will follow a scenic 4.5 mile route through the beautiful grounds of nine
Festival of Ideas 20 October-31 November 2010 The Cambridge Festival of Ideas features over 100 free events in history, literature, languages, drama, art and much more. The Festival features a range of talks and events for all ages throughout the fortnight, from politics to the study of different cultures, to the stories behind paintings, hidden trails around the city of Cambridge and beyond. www.cambridgefestivalofideas.org
To find out about future events at the University, visit the ‘What's On’ website which lists all of the up and coming activities, from family events to adult lectures. You can also subscribe to a monthly email bulletin. www.cam.ac.uk/whatson
The Big Weekend This free open-air event on Parker's Piece takes place over 3 days. Entertainment includes live music, dance, children's activities, fairground rides, fireworks and much more. More Information: www.cambridge-summer.co.uk
Jesus Green Live This week-long entertainment event features something for everyone, including comedy, live music and childrenâ€™s theatre. www.cambridge-summer.co.uk
Cambridge Open Studios Over 200 artists in Cambs and the surrounding areas open their studios throughout July to promote their original works of art and craft and to provide an opportunity for the public to become involved in the arts by meeting artists in their studios, seeing their work and how it is produced. For more information please visit www.cambridgeopenstudios.co.uk Cambridge Shakespeare Festival This 8-week festival showcases a range of the Bard's works in College gardens across the city. Enjoy a picnic before the performance in one of these unique outdoor settings. More Information: www.cambridgeshakespeare.com Cambridge Folk Festival Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the premier music events in Europe and one of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world. It is renowned for its intimate atmosphere and wide definition of what might be considered folk. Hugely popular, the festival has sold out in advance for over a decade. www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk www.love-cambridge.co.uk
September Dragon Boat Festival Watch over 40 boats compete for charity in this fun-filled festival of races along the River Cam. Up to 10 people paddle each 30' boat with a drummer at the front beating time and a helm at the tail steering a straight course. The Ditton Meadows location offers a superb venue for racing and a fabulous day is guaranteed with plenty of bankside family entertainment including funfair, children's activities and Chinese lion dancing plus bar and food stalls. www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/ cambridge
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architecture of the institutional buildings. More information: www.cam.ac.uk/opencambridge
October Cambridge Festival of Ideas. Organised by the University of Cambridge this is the first Festival of its kind in the UK to celebrate the arts, humanities and social science. With over 150 free events, including workshops, debates and taster sessions, this Festival enables visitors of all ages to share ideas in a fun and interactive way. www.cambridgefestivalofideas.org
November Winter Wordfest Winter wordfest takes place on just one day in November but brings to Cambridge some of the best and established writers for. www.cambridgewordfest.co.uk
Cambridge Film Festival Committed to delivering the very best in independent international cinema, Cambridge Film Festival aims to bring challenging and provocative screenings to Cambridge. www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk
Cambridge on Ice Cambridge on Ice adds to the festive spirit in the city and has become a destination in its own right. Opening in November and running through until early January it really is not to be missed. Parkerâ€™s Piece www.cambridgeonice.co.uk
Open Cambridge Join the University of Cambridge in a weekend of discovery for families, local residents and community groups. Staff and students will lead free talks and tours of University buildings and grounds, covering topics such as the art, gardens and libraries of the Colleges and the history and
Christmas in Cambridge The Christmas lights switch-on is a fabulous event held on a Sunday in November every year. With great performances by local dance, drama and theatre groups alongside local musicians and entertainers, it really is a day not to be missed. More information: www.love-cambridge.co.uk
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SCambridge Eating and drinking in Cambridge Looking for a bite to eat or drink? You are spoilt for choice in Cambridge. From light snacks to fine dining and a great selection of international cuisine…
Bene’t Street Area Venture just outside of the Market Square and you can enjoy a pint in one of Cambridge’s most historic pubs, The Eagle, or enjoy the varied world menu at The Eraina Taverna. Along Wheeler Street you will also find the Jinling Noodle Bar and further up Bene’t Street The Bath House serving more traditional pub cuisine. Down St Edward’s Passage you will find the delightful little eatery Indigo café. Bridge Street / Magdalene Street This area of the city offers a wealth of places to enjoy a delicious meal or a drink. Choose to dine on cuisine from around the world, including Turkish, Italian, Spanish, French, Vietnamese and Japanese. In the Quayside area you can also dine overlooking the River Cam. Bridge Street Simply bursting with great places to eat and drink - along Bridge Street you will find Turkish gem Anatolia, Italian favourite ASK, tapas at La Tasca, delicious modern British food at Edwinns and classic pub menus at the Baron of Beef and The Mitre as well as French favourites Café Rouge and Brasserie Gerrard. To complete the offer Bridge Street is also home to Bridges Café serving a selection of snacks alongside some Chinese favourites. 12 camguide
Quayside For dining with a view try Galleria which offers modern European food, Café Uno the pizza and grill resazurant, Henry's bar and café or River Bar and Kitchen. Tucked slightly further away from the river is Aki-Teri one of Cambridge’s popular noodle and sushi bars. Popular chain Subway can also be found in the Quayside area providing the perfect opportunity to grab a subway and sit by the river to enjoy it. Along the boardwalk past Henry’s and River Bar & Kitchen you will find La Mimosa offering great Italian food both inside and on their fabulous riverside outdoor eating area. Magdalene Street Just across Magdalene Bridge you will find The Pickerel Inn offering classic pub cuisine and a great outside seating area. Further up the street are two wonderful independent restaurants - Italian favourite La Margherita and Thanh Binh offering Vietnamese cuisine. Christ's Lane Give your feet a rest in this thoroughfare and enjoy a coffee at Starbucks. If you’re feeling hungry, enjoy a meal in Giraffe, the friendly family restaurant with a world music feel and a menu of international dishes. The Grafton With its own food court and cafes dotted throughout, there are plenty of places to take a break from the retail therapy and refuel at The Grafton. Fast food is available at Burger King and Traditional Favourites or you can take your time at Debenhams’Style Restaurant, Café Carringtons or Bella Italia. Milles Cookies, Costa Coffee and Café Select provide great snack options to keep you
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going as you shop til you drop. Wander outside the Grafton itself and you will find a number of little gems. The Snug on East Road serves some of the best cocktails and burgers in town whilst HK Fusion and Shanghai Family on Burleigh Street plus Tang Chinese on Napier Street cater for fans of Chinese food. Grand Arcade Within Grand Arcade you will find coffee chain favourites Starbucks and Costa Coffee plus a top floor espresso bar and brasserie within John Lewis. Through to Fisher Square and you will find popular Italian chain Carluccios and also The Waffle Company serving a selection of tasty waffles named after Cambridge Colleges. A bit further down Guildhall Place is The Cow which is famous for its pizzas. Near to the Grand Arcade you will also find the Bloomsbury Restaurant inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Revolution Vodka Bar, both on Downing Street. Savinos Italian Café on Emmanuel Street is also a popular place for coffee lovers. Green Street This quaint cobbled street is the perfect place to stop for a drink at Slug And Lettuce or enjoy authentic Thai cuisine at Bangkok City. King's Parade Here you can unwind with a coffee or enjoy a meal with stunning views of King’s College from Benets Espreso and Sandwich Bar or coffee chain Café Nero. Choose between classic British food from The Cambridge Chop House or visit The Copper Kettle - a café by day and Agora in the evening offering Greek and Turkish cuisine. King's Parade is also home to the city’s only vegetarian restaurant, Rainbow Café.
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SCambridge King Street Home to the famous King Street Run pub crawl, this street is the perfect place to enjoy a pint and some hearty pub food. King Street is also host to Cazimir café offering authentic Hungarian dishes, Yippee noodle bar offering a selection of Chinese dishes, Clowns café offering great value authentic Italian food along with a couple of fast food outlets. It is also home to Efes, a popular Turkish restaurant and D’Arry’s Cookhouse. Lion Yard There are plenty of places in Lion Yard to grab a snack whilst out shopping. Look out for Eat, Pret a Manger or AMT for great sandwiches and coffee. For a sweeter tooth Mille's Cookies is worth a visit. Market Square Market Square is home to some great alfresco dining courtesy of Don Pasquale and Stazione - both offering Italian cuisine either indoors or out depending on the weather. Just off Market Square towards Kings College you will find a traditional English tea room called Aunties. Regent Street Regent Street has one of the greatest selections of restaurants in Cambridge. With a selection of Chinese restaurants including Charlie Chans, Asia, and J Restaurant you are spoilt for choice. If its Indian food you are looking for then head to The Curry Garden or The Ghandi for a truly delicious meal. In amongst the independent restaurants you will find some high street regulars such as Pizza Express, Pizza Hut, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Zizzi. If its Italian or Meditteranean food you require then De Luca Cucina, Massaros Deli & Espresso Bar or Shiraz 14 camguide
should be able to meet your needs. There are also a few traditional pubs serving food including The Fountain, The Castle and The Prince Regent. Finally if it is just a light bite then head to the Cambridge Blue Sandwich Bar, Livingstones Coffee shop or for a taste of Mexico visit Nanno Mexico. Just around the corner on Park Terrace overlooking Parkers Piece is Mai Tai at Hobbs Pavilion - a Thai restaurant from which you can eat dinner and in the summer months enjoy some cricket. Rose Crescent Along Rose Crescent you will find classic takeaway foods from McDonalds, Cornish Pasty Company and Gardinias. You will also find tapas favourite La Raza which also hosts some great music nights during the week. Sidney Street Along one of Cambridge main shopping streets you will find Costa Coffee and Pasty Presto. Look a little bit further up Market Street and you will find more coffee shops and also Café Carringtons serving a range of traditional English meals and sandwiches. Along Market Passage you will find B Bar and Ta Bouche both offering interesting menus and a much livelier atmosphere later in the evening. St Andrew’s Street Wander along St Andrew’s Street and you will come across some of Cambridge’s gems - Origin 8 deli café sits between Christ's Lane and Grand Arcade and serves great locally sourced food. For more familiar names try Nandos, The Regal Wetherspoons, Wagamama or All Bar One. You can also chose to sample the Greek
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delights on offer at The Varsity or the more varied menu at R17 - the restaurant at the University Arms Hotel. For a lighter tapas meal you could also pop into the Arts Picturehouse restaurant. St John’s Street Step along St John's Street and you will find Chinese and Thai side by side in the form of the popular Ugly Duckling and Big Budda. You will also find next door Le Patissier - a Café serving a great selection of sandwiches and cakes amongst other things. Sussex Street On Sussex Street you will find Tatties - a baked potato specialist. Trinity Street Trinity Street is home to Italian chain Strada and independent restaurant The Vaults that offers a great selection of food all in starter sizes so you can mix and match. You will find another Tatties here too. Trumpington Street Trumpington Street is home to chains like Browns Bar and Brassiere and Loch Fyne seafood restaurant plus Hotel Du Vin's French style bistro. There are also a couple of great cafes in Fitzbillies and Cristine Patisserie both offering some of the best cakes in Cambridge. Just off Trumpington Street onto Lensfield Road is The Snug offering a selection of food within a modern pub setting. Along Rose Crescent you will find classic takeaway foods from McDonalds, Cornish Pasty Company and Gardinias. You will also find tapas favourite La Raza which also hosts some great music nights during the week.
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Shopping Cambridge is home to a truly fantastic selection of shops. From glorious independent boutiques to famous high street names, Cambridge really does cater for everyone. Home to four shopping centres The Grafton, Lion Yard, Grand Arcade and Christ's Lane - Cambridge boasts an impressive collection of high street names ranging from LK Bennet, Hobbs, Gap, Next and Marks & Spencers to stockists of designer brands like Gucci, Calvin Klein, Armani and Sisley. Debenhams, BHS and John Lewis department stores are all based in the city stocking all your favourites. If you are after something more unique then Cambridge certainly won't disappoint with its fabulous range of Independent shops along beautiful streets like Green Street, Magdalene Street, Bridge Street, Kings Parade, Bene't Street, Rose Crescent, St. Johns Street, Sussex Street and King Street. Cambridge also boasts a bustling 7-day-a-week market. Monday to Saturday on Market Square you will find a great selection of stalls selling everything from fruit and vegetables to books, flowers, jewellery, clothes and fresh fish. On Sundays market square is host to an Arts, Crafts and Local Produce Market. Pop along St John's Street on a Saturday and you will also find All Saints Garden Arts & Craft Market, which provides the opportunity for local artists and craftspeople to exhibit in a delightful open air setting.
SCambridge After Dark Looking for the perfect place to put your feet up after a busy day - then look no further than Quinns, Ta Bouche, The Junction, Nusha, La Raza, Kambar or the Green Dragon - as all these venues have achieved the Safer Socialising Award. You can be assured a warm welcome and a safe environment as all these premises go above and beyond their licensing objective requirements to ensure your safety in their premises. If it's a late night venue you are looking for then you are really spoilt for choice. With the Fez Club offering a different style of music every night there is something for everyone. Other venues in the city include Soul Tree offering a mix of live bands and club nights, Kambar which serves up a programme of indie, rock, metal, punk, goth, electro and 80's tunes, The Junction which is famous for its club nights including Warning, Drum n Bass and Dot Cotton the city's legendary lesbigay club and clubs Ballare and The Place offering traditional club nights playing a variety of music to satisfy all tastes. With a huge variety of pubs, club and bars for you to spend the evening in, log onto
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Staying Over With so much to see and do, Cambridge makes a great overnight destination. So whether you are looking to book anywhere in or around Cambridge, from a hotel, guesthouse or bed and breakfast through to selfcatering apartment or campsite the team at Visit Cambridge can help. After a busy day shopping and exploring the city of Cambridge why not stay the night in one of the city's hotels and experience even more of what's on offer. There is a wide choice of hotels in Cambridge to make your base while you visit the many attractions in the local area. Guest Houses in Cambridge are also plentiful or if you are looking for something smaller and more intimate then try a Bed and Breakfast or self catering apartment in Cambridge or the surrounding area. The Tourist Information Centre will be able to help you find the right accommodation to suit your needs and with their new real time online availability and booking system it just got a whole lot easier.
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SE l y Be relaxed, refreshed and inspired in Ely... Cathedral or Oliver Cromwell's House. Not forgetting a visit to the many quaint and traditional shops selling a variety of unusual gifts to remember your visit by. Your first port of call will no doubt be the medieval Cathedral. It is easy to see why it is Elyâ€™s top tourist attraction. Look in awe and wonder in your own time around this magnificent building famous for its unique octagon tower, or take advantage of having a more informative experience by having a guided tour. Tours also include optional visits to the octagon and/or west towers where the spectacular views make it well worth the climb.
Hidden inside Whilst in the Cathedral donâ€™t miss the chance of visiting the Stained Glass Museum, housed in the South Triforium. This museum houses a stunning collection of stained glass and is the only one of its kind in the country. An audio-guided tour is available and highly recommended as it unveils the story of stained glass through the ages. Learn about the past Before leaving the city centre take the time to visit another of Ely's key attractions, Ely Museum. Discover the story of Ely from prehistoric times to the twentieth century set in the City's former gaol.
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Ely has a beautiful waterside, seen best in the summer months, where you can enjoy a boat trip, a riverside walk or listen to music in the neighbouring gardens. As well as an art gallery and the region's largest antique centre, the riverside is home to a variety of eateries. Whether it is glass of wine, or a light lunch, a pint of traditional ale or a gourmet meal using only the finest ingredients or a cream tea at the best tearooms in the country as voted by the Tea Guild, Ely's waterfront has it all. With the city centre only a two minute walk away your trip can be completed with a visit to one or more of the key visitor attractions such as the impressive
Oliver Cromwellâ€™s House Ely Museum Ely Cathedral View of Ely Stained Glass window, Ely Cathedral
Famous resident Oliver Cromwellâ€™s House is the only remaining home of Cromwell with the exception of Hampton Court Palace in London. The former Lord Protector, lived with his family in Ely for just over 10 years and the house has been transformed to give you an in sight into 17th century life. Audio Ely Cathedral tours bring the story of this fascinating building to life. The House also doubles as a Tourist Information Centre. Follow the trail The city's heritage public art Eel Trail is an excellent way of seeing the historic city at its best. Ely is very proud of its connection with eels as the name Ely is derived from the Isle of Eels when Ely was surrounded by water and marshland. Eels are still caught in the River Great Ouse. Historically eels were part of the local staple diet as well as a valuable source of income. Clients also came from London with the popularity of jellied eels although today this is a dwindling market. Smoked eels, now considered a delicacy, can be purchased on Ely's award winning
Farmers Market and dishes such as eel stew and eel pie can be found regularly on several of the city's restaurants' menus. This circular walk, self-guided by brass waymarkes set in the ground, takes you past the oldest parts of Ely and down to the beautiful riverside area. In addition, an audio tour, detailing the Eel Trail route, is available to download (www.tourist-tracks.com) prior to your visit or a pre-loaded MP3 player can be hired from the Tourist Information Centre (audio tour also includes a ground floor tour of the Cathedral). Beautiful waterside Ely's Waterside is a hotspot for visitors wishing to relax and enjoy afternoon tea or to take a boat trip or even browse through the three-storey Waterside Antique Centre. Don't forget to stop off at one of the traditional tearooms or restaurants, many set in beautiful architecture and stunning gardens or perhaps a more contemporary setting is to your liking. Take the opportunity to visit the many gift shops, craft shops,
antique shops, art galleries or markets (depending on the day of your visit). Time to browse For those with an interest in retail therapy or those looking for something a little different, then the area offers an extensive range and mix of traditional and contemporary gift, craft and antique shops along with a variety of art galleries. For those who love a bargain, Ely holds three different sorts of markets from its award winning Farmers Market on the second and fourth Saturday of every month to its regular Thursday General Market and Saturday Craft and Collectables market. Messing about on the water Take a trip along the Great River Ouse on board the Liberty Belle, Ely's Fenland Cruiser and enjoy the live commentary. Alternatively, hire a boat for the day or for an extended period and enjoy the thrills of life on the river. For further information check out: www.fenswaterways.com www.environment-agency.gov.uk
SHuntingdonshire Huntingdonshire is centred around the beautiful River Great Ouse and its fascinating and historic market townsâ€Ś The four towns of Huntingdon and Godmanchester, Ramsey, St Ives and St Neots, have long and fascinating histories. Huntingdon, St Ives and St Neots nestle on the banks of the River Great Ouse whilst Ramsey is in a unique setting on the edge of the fens, offering the visitor a warm welcome. Huntingdonshire also has a wealth of stunning villages tucked away down country lanes, with charming stone buildings and tranquil waterside settings. Kimbolton is one of the larger villages in the area, with its historic High Street and medieval castle which was the final home of Queen Katherine of Aragon, wife of King Henry VIII. Retrace the steps of more famous people. Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, was born and educated in Huntingdon. His former grammar school is now a museum recording his life. He was
also a tenant farmer in St Ives where his statue still stands. Samuel Pepys lived at Brampton, close to Huntingdon, and was educated in Huntingdon. Visit the wealth of other heritage attractions. There's Elton Hall with its beautiful gardens and Gothic orangery, and the 18th century mansion of Island Hall in Godmanchester, with its serene riverside setting. The Manor in Hemingford Grey, on which the Green Knowe children's books were based, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in the country, and Houghton Mill, the last working water mill on the River Great Ouse, is also well worth a visit. Huntingdonshire is also lucky to have a wide range of wildlife sites, from the large and rambling parks of Hinchingbrooke, Paxton Pits and Grafham Water to the meadows of Portholme, Houghton and Upwood, all with their own rich botanical collection of insects, animals and plants.
Huntingdon Bridge and River Great Ouse
Kimbolton Castle Island Hall The River Great Ouse at St Neots Oliver Cromwell watching over St Ives
Thomas a Beckett Church, Ramsey
The Manor at Hemingford Grey is a magical place for children to visit. Home to Lucy Boston from 1939, the house and garden is the setting for the author's Green Knowe children's books. Visitors feel they are walking into the books, as many of the toys and other features mentioned still exist. The house is open all year round, but strictly by pre-booked appointment only. House and garden prices: Adults £6, senior citizens £4.50, children £2. Hemingford Grey, Huntingdon www.greenknowe.co.uk (01480 463134) Island Hall is an elegant riverside mansion built in the late 1740s. The house is situated in three acres of gardens including an ornamental Saxon
island in the river Great Ouse. Island Hall is a family run private home and all tours are given by a member of the family. Visitors can also stay for tea, dinner or attend one of the evening concerts. For details of tours and events at Island Hall please visit www.islandhall.com. Godmanchester (01480 459676 during office hours) Elton Hall and Gardens on the Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire border, is an extraordinary, romantic, part Gothic house which has been in the Proby family since 1660. The Hall is a fascinating mix of styles, and stands in the midst of unspoilt landscaped parkland, surrounded by stunning gardens. There is also a garden centre
and Loch Fyne restaurant to visit. Elton Hall, Nr. Peterborough. www.eltonhall.com (01832 280468) Houghton Mill is a large timber-built watermill on an island in the River Ouse, with a working waterwheel. Much of the mill machinery is intact, some of which is restored to working order. The Mill has an area of handson displays, and milling demonstrations can be seen every Sunday and Bank Holiday. There's also an art gallery - open from June to September - and a tearoom. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/ w-houghtonmill (01480 301494), Houghton camguide 25
SSt Ives The historic riverside market town on the River Great Ouse, once home to Oliver Cromwellâ€Ś For 900 years St Ives has been attracting visitors to its traditional fairs and markets. All through 2010 special events are being held to mark the 900th anniversary of the town's first fair charter, granted by King Henry I in the year 1110. But celebrating history is something St Ives does all the time. The 600-year-old stone bridge with its chapel built in midstream is one of only three such buildings in the whole of the country. The statue of Oliver Cromwell in the market place recalls the time when the future Lord Protector lived here as a young farmer before he rose to power in the Civil War. Nowadays a few stone walls are all that remain of St Ives Priory, built on the spot where the bones of the mysterious St Ivo were unearthed by a ploughman in the year 1001. The parish church of All Saints stands in a tranquil churchyard on the riverbank. The church is 15th-century but its interior is a feast of colourful Victorian decoration by the famous architect Ninian Comper. And the spire is even more recent than that, built to replace the original steeple destroyed by an aircraft in a tragic accident during World War I. St Ives has many elegant houses of the 18th century when the town was rebuilt after a disastrous fire. From the 19th century come the remarkable New Bridges, the longest brick viaduct in the country when they were built in 1822. Close beside them is the seven storey Old Mill, originally a corn mill but in the 1970s the place where Clive Sinclair invented the world's first pocket calculator. The history of St Ives and of Huntingdonshire is displayed in the Norris Museum - also built right beside the river in a delightful little garden, and with an art gallery of local pictures as well as fossils, archaeology and objects from all periods of history. And if history isn't your cup of tea, perhaps cups of tea are. St Ives specialises in its hospitality and the streets are thronged with teashops and cafĂŠs, pubs, hotels and restaurants. All set in the lovely riverside scenery of the Great Ouse valley, where you can cruise the waterway in a narrowboat, explore the countryside on foot or by bike on a network of footpaths and bridleways, or enjoy the wildlife in nearby nature reserves.
SSt Neots Pretty St Neots is Cambridgeshire's largest town...
brewer. At one time during the 19th century, it dispensed medicinal water piped from the local spa. Visitors can explore the history of St Neots on foot, taking 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.
Photos: Sirous Veazzadh-Naderi
The attractive market town of St Neots is home to many listed buildings, and much of the town is a designated conservation area. No visit to the town is complete without taking time to enjoy the river, and the Riverside Park and restaurant. The meandering River Great Ouse, with its huge weeping willows, is a great draw for visitors. The park offers several places to enjoy a picnic and there are pleasant walks across the parks' many bridges. St Neots dates back to the founding of a Saxon priory, built on the outskirts of Eynesbury, in 974AD. The name of the town comes from the Cornish saint, whose remains were interred in
the priory some time before the Norman Conquest. In approximately 1081, the monastery was re-established as a Benedictine priory, and for over four centuries, the priory flourished. Charters were granted by Henry I at the start of the 12th century to hold fairs and markets, and these, together with the building of the first bridge over the Great Ouse in 1180, added to the town's growing importance and prosperity. St Neots still retains its character as a country market town and the Market Square is one of the largest and most ancient of its kind in the country, dating back to the 12th century. A market has been held upon this square every Thursday since its foundation. In the centre of the square is the Day Column, which was erected in 1822, by John Day, a local
St Neots Museum Visitors entering St. Neots Museum walk into an atmospheric Edwardian cellblock complete with prisoner's cell and bed, but the town's former Police Station is also home to some fascinating artefacts that tell of the town's history from mammoth bone to 16th century drinking game trinkets, and up to the present day. The museum's summer exhibition, Meandering along the Great Ouse (from 22 July), reflects St Neots' riverside history, following the watery ways of the river and its beautiful flora and fauna. The Old Court, 8 New Street, St. Neots. Open: Tues-Sat, 11am-4pm. (01480 214163/ 388921) www.stneotsmuseum.org.uk
SPeterborough glorious Nene Park. Stretching out for over six miles along the River Nene, this is the perfect spot for picnics, bird watching, walking, cycling, riding, sailing and golf. Not far away is Peterborough's wonderful outdoor Art Deco Lido. Great for a splash around on a hot afternoon. Where else could you experience a Dragon Boat Race, Beer Festival, Conker Championships, Cheese Rolling, a Straw Bear Parade, or the famous Burghley Horse Trials? Don't miss the arts and cultural festivities in Peterborough and the surrounding smaller towns and villages. There is the Peterborough Festival, the Green Festival and a host of arts, music and drama events throughout the year. To find out more about what is going on in and around Peterborough why not visit the newly opened Destination Centre in Bridge Street. It is a one-stop shop information centre for businesses, residents, shoppers and visitors in the city centre. You may also wish to pick up a gift or two.
Opportunity Peterbrough/Vist Peterborough
Peterborough is packed with things for you to do whatever your interests. Visit the city for the intriguing history, excellent shopping, exciting outdoor events, relaxing countryside and a feast of family attractions. You can enjoy lazy afternoons amongst acres of rolling countryside and miles of waterways or full days out visiting Peterborough's museums, stately homes and varied visitor attractions, such as Nene Valley Railway, and Sacrewell Farm. By night the city really comes to life with theatre productions at the Key Theatre, greyhound racing, scores of bars and restaurants and a buzzing nightlife. Peterborough's streets are fully pedestrianised and accessible for the whole family. After a successful shop, take time out to rest your feet at one of our many cafes. During the summer months, dining can become an outside experience so that you can soak up the atmosphere while relaxing with a drink and a bite to eat. Only a few minutes from the city centre is the
SPeterborough Peterborough Cathedral - a Top 10 UK Landmark right at your door - what are you waiting for? activity including an interactive exhibition, fascinating historic and Cathedral tower tours, an exciting array of arts and crafts based events not to mention a popular new coffee shop and first class education, hospitality and conferencing facilities. Famous as the set of the BBC series The Barchester Chronicles and more recently the star of BBC1's Christmas broadcasts for the last three years in a row, the Cathedral is currently working to increase its contribution as a community resource and recognised venue for diverse and inclusive events. From the annual living history extravangza visited by more than 10,000 people to visits from Hayley Westenra and spellbinding concerts and performances, there is something for everyone at Peterborough Cathedral where there is always something to discover. As well as the wonder of the building and the
The view from Peterborough Cathedralâ€™s apse roof. Visitors to the Cathedral can brave the heights of the tower and view the sights from on high
Photos: ÂŠ copyright Peterborough Cathedral
In the heart of the beautiful and vibrant region of Cambridgeshire lies an 'undiscovered gem' in the awe inspiring shape of Peterborough's one and only breathtaking Norman Cathedral - voted the sixth favourite landmark in the whole of the UK, even coming out ahead of London Tower Bridge!* Peterborough Cathedral is a top 10 UK landmark residing in beautiful surroundings in the heart of a bustling and cosmopolitan city centre, with plenty on offer for all to enjoy including culture, heritage, music and the arts. With close to 100,000 visitors each and every year, Peterborough Cathedral provides a wonderful haven of tranquillity and beauty amid the cosmopolitan array of shops and restaurants that line the streets today and has something to offer everyone at this beautiful sacred space. As well as still operating as a thriving Christian Church, today the Cathedral offers a wide array of
The Cathedral regularly holds educational and cultural events throughout the year
vibrant events programme, the Cathedral also holds enormous appeal for those with an interest in nature and the outdoors. With stunning grounds and beautifully green Precincts, the Cathedral is blessed with an abundance of breathtaking open spaces, not least the captivating Deanery Gardens, which are now open for public viewing approximately three times a year. For those more interested in the architecture and the exquisite stone masonry why not take a Cathedral tower tour to see the stonework first hand as well as enjoying the panoramic views of Peterborough from on high. Alternatively, Cathedral tours of the building and/or the Precincts divulge fascinating facts about Cathedral history, myths and legends associated with the Cathedral's colourful past.
Open 364 days a year (closed on Boxing Day) for visiting from around 9am until around 5.30pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm Sat and 10am until 3pm on Sundays, there is no charge for admission to Peterborough Cathedral but donations are invited as the Cathedral has charitable status and receives no funding from the state. With excellent railway links and easy access to this beautiful attraction in the heart of the up and coming, city of Peterborough - the Cathedral is one not to be missed as a top 10 Landmark in the UK*. * As voted in a 2007 Fujifilm users poll. For more information on what Peterborough Cathedral has to offer please visit www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk or call the Cathedral Office switchboard on 01733 343342.
Peterborough Embankment Nene Valley Railway Flag Fen
SPeterborough Peterborough Embankment, with its willow-lined footpath, is just a fiveminute walk from the city centre and a popular retreat for walkers, boat owners and anglers. Summer events at the Embankment this year include Peterborough Boat Festival, 9-11 July and the CAMRA Beer Festival, 24-28 August. Set in the stunning parkland of Burghley House the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is one of the social events in the international sporting calendar. 2-5 Sept. (01933 304744) If the weather’s fine take a dip in Peterborough Lido in Bishops Road. There are three heated outdoor pools, sunbathing terraces and plenty of grassy spaces to enjoy picnic. If you fancy a flutter at the dogs then catch the race nights at Peterborough Greyhound Stadium on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday - or simply enjoy the atmosphere and view the events from the restaurant and bars. Doors open at 6.30pm, first race 7.30pm. (01733 296939) Situated in Peterborough’s city centre the Key Theatre brings great entertainment to the area with a programme of ‘homegrown’ productions, national touring shows, local community productions and one-off concerts. Also part of the Theatre is Fratellis 'Riva' restaurant, offering Italian food and excellent views of the Nene embankment. (01733 207239) Flag Fen Archaeological Park is one of the finest Bronze Age archaeological sites 40 camguide
in Europe with the oldest wheel in England and an ancient wooden trackway stretching across the Fens. Finds associated with this include an amazing collection of Bronze Age swords possibly placed as offerings in the water. With over 20 acres of parkland and historic reconstructions you can discover how people lived 4000 years ago. Take a walk on the wild side around the mere and fields, marvel at the ancient tools, jewellery and woodwork. (01733 313414) Nene Park is a great spot for a picnic, cycling, sailing and golf. The Park stretches out for over six miles along the River Nene, with Ferry Meadows Country Park at its centre. (01733 234193) Used in the films Pride and Prejudice and The Da Vinci Code, Burghley House boasts eighteen magnificent State Rooms and a huge collection of works and art, including one of the most important private collections of 17th century Italian paintings and the earliest inventoried collection of Japanese ceramics in the West. There are also four magnificent State Beds, fine examples of English and continental furniture and important tapestries and textiles. The house is surrounded by historic parkland laid out by Capability Brown and incorporates a modern sculpture park. There’s a Restaurant, Cafe, Gift Shop, Garden Shop and a Deer Park which is open to the public free of charge. Stamford (01780 752451) The 7.5-mile steam-operated Nene Valley Railway runs alongside the River Nene from Peterborough (Nene Valley station), through Wansford to Yarwell.
Wansford is the main station where there is a café and all facilities. Regular steam trains operate over the line to Peterborough. Many steam locomotives are kept on this line including both British and continental types. The railway has featured in many TV series including London’s Burning and stunts in the James Bond films Octopussy and Goldeneye. It is also the home of Thomas, the children's favourite engine, who was named by the Reverend Awdry in 1971, and special Thomas events regularly feature. Stibbington (01780 784444) There are over 200,000 objects in the collection at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, ranging from the most amazing Napoleonic bone palace to the largest fossil fish. The collection covers a great range of objects of national and international importance, such as the Norman Cross prisoner of war craft work, the Jurassic marine reptiles, finds from Roman Peterborough and the original manuscripts of the famous poet John Clare. You can also find out about the everyday life of Peterborough’s people, past and present through the Social History collection. Priestgate, Peterborough (01733 864663) There are hands on items and fun for all the family at Railworld, where you can discover the development of the locomotive in miniature and see how railways are laid. Railworld highlights sustainable transport and the environment, with a superb model railway, the unique hover train RTV31, and one of the 1984's Birmingham International Airport Maglevs. (01733 344240)
The Fens Photos: www.fenland.gov.uk
SFenland Fenland is a unique landscape formed by nature and shaped by people over more than 6000 years. It consists of four historic market towns and a wealth of stunning rural villages situated in the peaceful countryside with more than 200 miles of rivers and drains. The four main towns of Chatteris, March, Whittlesey and Wisbech all have a unique charm and interesting histories to discover. Chatteris grew around the abbey of St Mary from around 1010. A market place formed in front of the abbey and streets evolved to connect to other settlements in the Fens. Although there is little sign of the abbey today, Chatteris is still well connected and is an ideal base for touring the Fens and South Cambridgeshire. March town centre has an unusual Broad Street lined with shops and headed by 'The Fountain' which was erected in 1911 to commemorate the coronation of King George V. Perhaps the town's finest asset, the meandering river, winds its way through the town centre, past the park and attractive riverside gardens. The river is well used by cruisers and narrow boats with mooring in the town centre and a marina on the outskirts of the town.
Fens landscape March Waterways
Whittlesey Straw Bear
Whittlesey town centre is an interesting maze of streets with a variety of well-preserved architecture spanning several centuries. The market place in the town centre is dominated by the late 17th century Buttercross, a square open market house which is an enduring reminder of the town's rich trading and agricultural history. This is the focal point of the Annual Straw Bear festival held each year in January.
there is the Peckover House, a National Trust property with a two acre walled garden, Elgoods Brewery which offers tours and also has a lovely garden, and Octavia Hill's Birthplace House which commemorates the life and work of the Victorian social reformer. Wisbech is also the setting for the annual Rose Fair Festival, one of the finest flower festivals in East Anglia.
Wisbech is renowned for its elegant Georgian architecture, a legacy from an era when the town was an important trading centre built on the Port. Stroll along the Brinks or around the Crescent to see some fine Georgian houses. Among the attractions to visit
In each town a museum exhibits curiosities that document the interesting aspects of the rich Fenland history. The best way to explore the market towns is to follow the town trails which take you past all the key attractions and heritage sites. Wisbech North Brink
SNewmarket Famous throughout the world as the Home of Horseracing, Newmarket is a small attractive market town on the Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border, just 20 minutes from Cambridge, Bury St. Edmunds and Ely. Home to over 5000 thoroughbred horses - approximately 2500 in training and another 2500 on the stud farms in and around the town - Newmarket has been associated with horses and royalty since Queen Boadicea's days. Newmarket became synonymous with racing in the 17th century, when King James I moved his court to the town. It remained the unofficial second capital of England for the rest of the Stuart period. Kings Charles I and Charles II continued the tradition and in 1752 the arrival of The Jockey Club, racing's first administrative body, established Newmarket as the headquarters of racing. Today the unique town has two racecourses, 52 stud farms, 75 licensed trainers and is still home to The Jockey Club, the governing body of horseracing. Newmarket also has Tattersalls - the biggest equine auction house in Europe -founded in 1776,
and two of the largest equine hospitals and veterinary centres. As you arrive in the town the impact of the horseracing industry is immediately obvious. Horse pavements and traffic lights help make the journey from the yard to the exercise grounds a safe one, and open heathland stretches for miles at both ends of the town. The main training ground, Warren Hill, runs right into the town centre, and here you can watch the horses and jockeys training from Monday to Saturday between sunrise and 1pm. Newmarket is regularly visited by world famous jockeys, members of The Royal Family and a variety of celebrity owners, many of whom can be seen either out riding, exercising the horses they may be racing, or with their trainers watching their horses being put through their paces. The surrounding area is also home to some of the world's 50 most important stud farms, including Darley Stud, the world renowned Sheikh Mohammed's breeding industry. Your morning 'on the gallops' can be complemented by a trip to one of the training yards for a behind the scenes tour, and a tour to one of the stud farms to see both past and future champions.
The Racecourses Newmarket is home to two racecourses. The Rowley Mile Racecourse with its superb £21 million grandstand is open in the Spring and Autumn and features the world famous 1000 and 2000 Guineas meeting in May, as well as the Champions Meeting in October. The July Course, recently re-opened following a £10m redevel opment, is open during the summer months and is an oasis of sun-dappled lawns, magnificent beach trees, thatched roofs and open air bars. The July Course is widely known for its Newmarket Nights, where world famous bands play after a magnificent day’s racing.
Guided Tours The best way to experience the unique sights of Newmarket is to join one of the guided tours on offer. The National Horseracing Museum and Hoofbeats offer guided tours of the town and the gallops, with trips to various training yards, veterinary centres and the ever-popular equine swimming pool. The National Stud - the only stud to open its doors to the public - offers twice-daily tours that offer a fascinating insight into the world of thoroughbred breeding. Visitors who'd like to explore the town can take the guided
Newmarket Horseshoe Trail, which explains the history of some of Newmarket’s magnificent buildings, including the Jubilee Clock Tower and the Cooper Memorial, All Saints and St Mary's Churches, and Palace House, part of the original Palace built for King Charles II. The tours are available from the Tourist Information Centre on Palace Street. Opposite Palace House are the Palace House Stables, reputed to be the oldest racing stables in the world and, just across the road, Nell Gwynne’s house, where the mistress of King Charles II is said to have stayed when the Royal Court came to town. These walking tours are booked through the National Horseracing Museum, based in Newmarket High Street. Hoofbeats www.hoofbeats.co.uk (01638 578628) National Horseracing Museum www.nhrm.co.uk (01638 667333) The Newmarket Experience www.newmarketexperience.co.uk
Shopping With a selection of both private and independent gift shops, and a few bigger chain stores, Newmarket town centre is the perfect place to wander and
browse, picking up presents and souvenirs of your visit. The Tourist Information Centre and gift shop in Palace House offers free information on accommodation and things to do while you are in the area, as well as guide books, maps, walks and cycle routes.
Sausages As well as being famous for racing Newmarket is also famous for its Newmarket Sausages, the recipe for which dates back to the 1880s. Recently awarded Best Regional Product in the Daily Telegraph/Sainsbury’s ‘Taste of Britain Awards’ Newmarket Sausages have been popular in the town for many years. By the early 20th century the sausage was being taken home as a souvenir by visitors to Newmarket, including the Royal Family. There are two official makers of the Newmarket Sausage, Powters and Musks. Both have outlets within the town centre, Powters have a shop on Wellington Street, and Musks are sold through the butchers Eric Tennant in the Guineas Shopping Centre. Many of the local restaurants and accommodation providers have Newmarket sausages as a regular on their menus, the perfect opportunity to try before you buy.
SForest Heath Forest Heath has a wonderful variety of landscapes to explore, from the chalk downlands of Newmarket, through to the rich agricultural fenlands in the west and the sandy brecklands in the north with its large lowland forest. The largest town in the district, Newmarket, is the international home of horseracing and attracts visitors from all over the world. While they may initially come to Newmarket for the horses and racing, they discover that Newmarket has much to offer both new and returning visitors. With magnificent buildings, wonderful views and excellent location (with historic Cambridge and Ely on the doorstep), it is the perfect place from which to explore this region. Brandon, the gateway to the Brecks, has a long and fascinating history dating back to prehistoric times. Brandon Country Park boasts 30 acres of space to enjoy, including a delightful walled garden, forest walks, picnic area and visitor centre. Mountain biking is very popular in this area and there are trails both in the country park and High Lodge Forest Centre just a short distance down the road. St. Mary's Church and the Market Pump sit in the heart of Mildenhall. The church was rebuilt in the 15th century yet retains many features dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. The parish of Mildenhall is one of the largest in Suffolk and the town boasts a rich history remembered in the Mildenhall Museum. Here, you can see a replica of the Mildenhall treasure and learn about the great Mildenhall to Melbourne air race. RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath are still operational as part of the United States Air Force presence in Europe. As well as the three market towns, Forest Heath has 22 villages. Scattered around the outskirts of the towns, and linking the three main centres together, the villages are well worth visiting and many have local pubs and shops for you to visit. As you pass through each you will experience the changing landscapes around you; fen, heath, chalk and downlands, from the flat, panoramic views over dark peat fields, to rolling countryside, and woodland areas covered in wildflowers - you will discover magical, isolated places, known only to a lucky few!
Brandon Country Park
For more information about where to visit, where to stay and where to eat, visit the tourism pages at www.forest-heath.gov.uk or visit the Tourist Information Centre at Palace House, Palace Street, Newmarket, the Tourist Information Points at Mildenhall Bus Station or the Tourist Information Centre in Brandon High Street.
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