Cambridgeshire is a county in East England most famous for the county town Cambridge and its university. The county is bordered on all sides by Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. Modern Cambridgeshire was created in 1974 when it was combined with the counties of Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely and Huntingdon and Peterborough. It’s just under two hours away from London.
Cambridge is the largest town in Cambridgeshire and is home to the University of Cambridge, which has its colleges spread out all over the town. It is believed a settlement has been there since the Bronze Ages. There is plenty to see, including live music, theatre and museums galore.
Another brilliant town to visit is Ely. This East Cambridgeshire city is the home of Ely Cathedral, which began construction in 1083 by a Norman abbot, Simeon, a relative of King William I, the first King. It took almost 300 years to complete. Oliver Cromwell used the cathedral to house his horses. Originally, the basis of income for the city was agricultural, and included eel farming which may be how it got its name.
Nearby market town St Ives has been home to some of the biggest markets, for the past 1,000 years, and that continues today. The market in St Ives is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and takes place on the aptly named Market Hill. Everything is sold from antiques to houseplants to a haberdashery.
Experience the best of East England's culture in Cambridgeshire.