Cambridgeshire is a quiet county bisected by the river Cam flowing north to join the Ouse near Ely. The city of Cambridge, with its world-renowned university, was originally a Roman settlement at the centre of a network of roads that join to cross the Cam. The county also has the cathedral cities of Ely and Peterborough, and the Fenlands of March and Wisbech.
Cambridgeshire captured in beautiful watercolour
Kings college was founded in 1441 by Henry V1, and is one of 31 colleges in the University of Cambridge. King's College Chapel is one of the finest examples of late Gothic English architecture, with the world's largest fan-vault, and magnificent stained-glass windows.
Grantchester Meadows is a beautiful area popular with both students and tourists who often travel from Cambridge by punt to picnic in the meadows or take tea at The Orchard. The footpath that runs along the meadows is known as the Granchester Grind.
The Cathedral city of Ely is full of museums and galleries, and home to the Wicken Fen Nature Reserve. It’s famous cathedral was founded in 673 by St Etheldreda - a Saxon Princess - and the city is home to Oliver Cromwell’s house.
Wicken Fen is one of Britain’s oldest nature reserves, and was one of the first places to be cared for by the National Trust. It holds 9000 recorded species, and is home to many rare examples including orchids and dragonflies in the summer and hens and owls in the winter.
The Round Church
The Church of Holy Sepulchre is known as the Round Church, and is the second oldest building in cambridge. It is one of four round churches in England, and is famous for its 12th century architecture.
Anglesey Abbey is a national trust property that was formerly a priory in the village of Lode. It is famous for one of the most beautiful 20th century gardens, with tree-lined avenues and hidden gardens inside.
Peckover is a National Trust property that was originally a Georgian Merchant’s House, and home to the Peckover family for 150 years. It has 2 acres of beautiful gardens, including an orangery, summer-houses, croquet lawn and rose gardens full of over 60 species.
Audley End was once one of the largest and most opulent houses in Jacobean England. It enjoys stunning views across the unspoilt Essex countryside, and is famous for its tranquil gardens created by ‘Capability’ Brown, and the interiors of Sir John Griffin and Robert Adam.