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If  you want to venture outside of Cambridge and go a bit further afield, Things To Do In Cambridge have put together some great places for you to visit that are just outside the city and not to far to travel. We are very lucky here in the East Of England to such a brilliant variety of things to do and something for everyone, so if its a Stately Home you want to visit or one of our pretty towns, horse racing or Wildlife watching…..look no further, its all just outside of Cambridge just waiting to be discovered and for you to enjoy a great day out.

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Interesting Homes

Local National Trust  properties within easy reach of Cambridge, great for all the family.

Anglesey Abbey https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/anglesey-abbey-gardens-and-lode-mill

a former priory then private home, with a really interesting history which the volunteers bring to life brilliantly. It has fabulous gardens, both formal and wide sweeping avenues for you to picnic and the kids to burn off all that excess energy, there also a working watermill which is open on various days and grinds its own flour.

Wimpole Hall and Home Farm https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate 

A very grand and impressive mansion with park and gardens and with the added bonus of Home Farm which houses a variety of farm animals…they host various daily activities around the farm and there are also special days such as feeding lambs that are hold throughout the year.

English Heritage

Audley End House and Gardens  http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/audley-end-house-and-gardens/

Another impressive Mansion house with plenty to explore, as well as the house and gardens there is also a miniature railway  and enchanted fairy and elf walk and is very near to the stunning town of Saffron Walden.

Wildlife

Wicken Fen National Trust Nature Reserve https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen-nature-reserve 

At Things To Do In Cambridge Wicken Fen is a real winner…its a totally unique place to visit showing what The Fens would have all looked like many years ago, there are boardwalks for lovely walks, bird hides to watch the amazing variety of birds that visit the Fen, boat trips through the wetlands and you can also see the famous Konik ponies and Highland cattle which live on the fen. You will also find the National Dragonfly Project, with 22 species of Dragonflies recently recorded,  a brilliant place to get close to Dragonflies, fun and educational for all the family. You can also hire bikes here and it joins onto The National Cycle Way.

Raptor Foundation http://raptorfoundation.org.uk/ 

This wonderful centre rescues, rehabilitates  and returns injured birds of prey back to the wild. Open daily, it holds regular flying displays and you can get up close and personal with these magnificent birds.

Paradise Wildlife Park https://www.pwpark.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIubT8qPCO2QIVaLHtCh0EDQSLEAAYASAAEgJKY_D_BwE 

Family run park with a great range of activities, the perfect experience for all animal enthusiasts. A wonderful day out for all the family.

Hamerton Zoo https://www.hamertonzoopark.com/ 

This zoo is a conservation sanctuary, it has nearly 100 different species of rare and endangered animals and birds. Thing To Do In Cambridge love the work that this sanctuary does, its ongoing research and care for these wonderful animals.

Fen Drayton Lakeshttps://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/fen-drayton-lakes

An RSPB wildlife haven with loads of cycle ways, trails and footpaths all centered around beautiful lakes and home to a huge variety of wildlife. If you want to travel outside of Cambridge you can easily get here via the Guided Bus (please look at our Travel section for more details). If its a lovely day, take a picnic there are lots of places to stop and enjoy this tranquil place with picnic tables a plenty or take a blanket and enjoy views over the lakes.

The Races

Newmarket Racecourse  http://newmarket.thejockeyclub.co.uk/?nst=0

Based in the town of Newmarket, its often referred to as the headquarters of British Horse racing. It has two courses and is for Flat Racing only with regular meets throughout the year, along with race and concert nights during the Summer. Newmarket is also home to the National Stud, you can join a tour of behind the scenes showing how this busy commercial stud runs, with trips to visit the horses, learn all about its history and an overview of the work that goes on there.

Huntington Racecourse  http://huntingdon.thejockeyclub.co.uk/

This race course is regularly chosen as ‘Best Small Racecourse’ in the South Midlands and East Anglia. Its a jump racing course and holds regular events throughout the year, its Winter Ladies and Gentleman Day is fast becoming a must in the diary….we dust our glad rags off for that one at Things To Do In Cambridge.

Towns To Visit

St Ives

A pretty market town set on the River Ouse. Has a great variety of good pubs and restaurants. There is an excellent museum which hosts regular exhibitions and an Electric Boat Company which runs boat trips throughout the Summer and at various other times of the year. It holds a regular market on Mondays and Fridays and hosts an excellent Farmers Market on the first and third Saturday of the month. Things To Do In Cambridge love St Ives its a lovely little town with beautiful meadow walks beside the river and attractive Villages to wander to. Its easily reached via the Guided Busway (see our Travel Section for more information).

Ely

A stunning and historical Cathedral City about 14 miles outside of Cambridge, the Cathedral is a real must see, with its outstanding architecture, it was built in 1083 and the vaulted ceiling is magnificent. The city is very quaint, very different to its busy Cambridge cousin and lovely to wander round. The River Ouse runs just a short walk from the city center and has a great variety of pubs, restaurants and an excellent Antiques Center to browse around.

Bury St Edmunds

Lovely Market Town in Suffolk approx 30 miles from Cambridge, lovely architecture and a good variety of shops, daily market, bars and restaurants. Home to Green King Brewery, who offer brewery tours and maybe a sample or two or you can always find one of their many pubs to carry on sampling throughout the town. Bury  also has a ruined Abbey in the centre of town surrounded by beautiful,  picturesque  gardens.

Saffron Walden

Another stunning town outside Cambridge, this buzzy Market Town is 15 miles South of Cambridge, in Essex. Many historical buildings in the town centre, great market twice a week and lots of independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Very close to Audley End House and Gardens and St Marys Church, the largest and one of the most beautiful parish churches in Essex.

Lots to see and do outside of Cambridge.