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Regardless of how you choose to spend your time in the beautiful and diverse county of Cambridgeshire, you won’t be disappointed. From its fantastic attractions to its beautiful scenery and first-class hotels, the county has something to offer every visitor.
Those seeking out the history of the county could visit Duxford and its Imperial War Museum, which is filled with fascinating wartime aircraft. Ely Cathedral is home to a stained-glass museum and offers incredible architecture. There are also a number of important historic abbeys, such as Denny Abbey and Ramsey Abbey, all located within easy reach of many local hotels.
Nature lovers enjoy trips to Cambridgeshire. Located to the south-east of Cambridge is Wandlebury Hill, perfect for walking and bird watching. There is also the Ouse Washes, a stunning area in the fens that is home to an RSPB nature reserve, as well as the Paxton Pits nature reserve.
For days out with the kids, there are plenty of options handily located close to hotels, including Linton Zoo, which is a 30-minute drive from Cambridge. There is also the Big Sky Adventure Play centre in Peterborough, which is perfect for tiring the little ones out.
With a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, visitors can sample traditional English food sourced from local farms or alternative options such as Portuguese or Indian food. Fans of gastronomy can also enjoy a number of European food festivals including the famous Baldock Beer Festival.
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Accommodation in Cambridgeshire ranges from beautiful hotels to quaint guest houses. Many of these also cater for children, making them ideal for family getaways. There are also boutique hotels and luxury hotels in the larger towns, as well as romantic hotels and guest houses set in breath-taking countryside. For those on a budget there are also cheaper hotels available.
There are plenty of hotels in Cambridge that cater for the daily influx of visitors to this lovely city. From welcoming and chic pubs with rooms to townhouse hotels from the likes of Hotel du Vin, visitors are spoiled for choice. Other brand hotels operating in the city include Best Western and Holiday Inn.
Peterborough is a cathedral city that falls within the northern borders of the county. There is a good range of Peterborough hotels to choose from.
Hotels in Ely are ideal for those with an interest in the city’s magnificent cathedral. Ely’s position, just to the south of Cambridgeshire’s famous Fenland, is also ideal for visits that combine small city charms with long walks in the flat open spaces of the countryside.
There are a number of festivals in Cambridgeshire throughout the year, including the Cambridge Folk Festival and the Lodestar music festival. Many of the county's hotels offer deals around these times and with so many hotels to choose from, you won't have a problem finding excellent Cambridgeshire accommodation.
Cambridgeshire enjoys a splendidly varied collection of attractions...
Top five attractions
It’s got the shops, the restaurants, the bars and one of the world’s top universities. But best of all, it’s got the River Cam, which means you get to sit back in a punt and allow the world to drift slowly by.
Imperial War Museum
You’ll find this superb museum in Duxford (about eight miles south of Cambridge). A former RAF base, it makes for a thrilling family day out. Book ahead and you may even be able to take a flight in a classic aircraft over the Cambridgeshire countryside.
This 17th-century manor house and gardens is an ideal day out if you’re visiting Cambridgeshire with children. As well as a huge woodland playground, there’s also a working farm and extensive grounds that are perfect for a picnic.
Known mainly for its awe-inspiring cathedral, historic Ely is a wonderful place in its own right. Tea shops and art galleries dot the attractive streets, and the river gently glides by. It’s idyllic.
It’s one of England’s lesser known zoos, but that doesn’t stop it being a terrific family day out with some fine collections of exotic and endangered wildlife. Much of the focus of Linton Zoo is on education, as well as a bit of fun.
With Cambridge at its heart and surrounded by hundreds of towns and villages, you can expect a busy calendar of events in the county...
Cambridge Beer Festival; May: One of England’s most popular beer festivals takes place each year at Cambridge City Football Club, with more than 50 real ales and ciders put to the test over the course of a week.
Strawberry Fair; June: Pack a picnic and head for Cambridgeshire’s huge annual music event. You’ll find several stages and performance tents surrounded by a mass of craft stalls. This relaxed event, organised each year by local volunteers, has a great family atmosphere.
Cambridge Folk Festival; July: Three days of folk music, food and drink at Cherry Hinton Hall. It’s one of the UK’s largest folk festivals and draws crowds by the thousands, as well some big names in music.