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Old Porch House,
Hillrow,
Haddenham,
Ely,
Cambridgeshire,
CB6 3TJ

 
Contact:
Alex & Lesley Innes    
Tel: 01353 741948
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079 140 83230

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PLACES TO VISIT  
Great Ouse
Ely riverside

CAMBRIDGESHIRE ARCHITECTURE

Ely Cathedral – This magnificent Norman cathedral, known locally as the Ship of the Fens, attracts people from all over the world.
http://www.elycathedral.org

Ely Stained Glass Museum – A unique insight into the story of stained glass which has been practised in Britain for at least 1,300 years.
http://www.stainedglassmuseum.com

Christ’s College, Cambridge - The famous scientist Charles Darwin was a student at Christ's College between 1828 & 1831.
http://www.christs.cam.ac.uk

Corpus Christi College, Cambridge - Corpus Christi contains the finest surviving medieval court in Cambridge. The college is also home to the impressive Grasshopper Clock.
http://www.corpus.cam.ac.uk

Trinity College, Cambridge - Trinity is the college of Sir Isaac Newton, who had rooms between the chapel and gatehouse, in the 17th century. The college library was designed by Christopher Wren, it is said to be his finest work outside of London.
http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk

King’s College Chapel, Cambridge - The largest and most spectacular of the college chapels in Cambridge.
http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/chapel

 
King's College Chapel, courtesy Cambridge 2000
   

Pembroke College Chapel, Cambridge – The chapel was completed in 1665 and was Sir Christopher Wren's first completed work.
http://www.pem.cam.ac.uk/about/chapel

St Bene't's Church, Cambridge - The oldest building in the county of Cambridgeshire. Its tower, nave and chancel date from 1040.
http://stbenetschurch.org

St Mary Magdalene Chapel, Cambridge - This former Leper Chapel is one of the finest and most complete examples of Norman architecture in Cambridgeshire. Viewing by appointment only. http://www.crsbi.ac.uk/search/county/site/ed-ca-casmm.html

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Cambridge – Known as The Round Church, the church of the Holy Sepulchre is one of only four Norman round churches in England.
http://www.sacred-destinations.com/england/cambridge-round-church.htm

Houghton Mill - The last working watermill on the River Ouse.
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-houghtonmill

 
HISTORY  

Cromwell House, Ely – Home of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, for 10 years. The house has been recreated to show how his family would have lived in the 17th century and also houses the Tourist Information Centre.
http://www.ely.org.uk/tic.htm

 
Ely Cathedral

Ely Museum - Located in the Bishop's Gaol in the centre of Ely, the museum takes the visitor on a journey through time from pre-history to the 20th century.
http://www.elymuseum.org.uk

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge - Known as the Art Museum of Cambridge University, it has been described as “the finest small museum in Europe”.
http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge - Learn about the expeditions of Captain Scott and other polar explorers.
http://www.spri.cam.ac.uk

Anglesey Abbey Gardens and Lode Mill, Lode - A restored 16th century house, set in 98 acres of glorious landscaped gardens cared for by the National Trust.
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-angleseyabbeyandgardenandlodemill

Wimpole Hall and Home Farm, Royston. - The 2,500 acre Wimpole Estate, situated eight miles south west of Cambridge, offers visitors the chance to visit a house built mainly in the 18th Century, landscaped park, gardens and Home Farm, all maintained by the National Trust.
http://www.wimpole.org

Audley End House and Gardens, Saffron Walden - An elegant Jacobean mansion set in parkland, designed by 'Capability' Brown.
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.12088


The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Cambridge from Norman times Known as The Round Church, courtesy Cambridge 2000
 

Denny Abbey and Farmland Museum, Waterbeach – The Abbey, which features superb Norman interiors, housed Benedictine monks, the Knights Templars and nuns of the Franciscan order, the Poor Clares, at different times over the years. The Farmland Museum tells the rural history of Cambridgeshire farming .http://www.dennyfarmlandmuseum.org.uk

Cromwell Museum, Huntingdon - The museum is set in the town’s old Grammar School, where both Oliver Cromwell and Samuel Pepys were educated. The museum illustrates the life of Oliver Cromwell, and includes many items owned by the former Lord Protector and his family.
http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/leisure/museums/cromwell

Sandringham Estate, Norfolk – The country retreat of Her Majesty the Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862.
http://www.sandringhamestate.co.uk

Framlingham Castle, Framlingham, Suffolk - F ine late 12th Century castle, former home to Mary Tudor.

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server.php?show=nav.12586

Hinchinbrooke House, Huntingdon - A former Benedictine nunnery, and home to the Cromwell family. The house incorporates many different types of English architecture.

http://www.hhpac.co.uk/default.htm

Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk - Kentwell Hall is an impressive Tudor mansion set in the heart of Suffolk.

http://www.kentwell.co.uk

Peckover House and Garden, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire - An attractive Georgian town house built in 1722.
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-peckoverhouseandgarden

Blacked-out Britain War Museum, Huntingdon - The museum displays items of everyday life from the Second World War.

http://www.ntopsearch.com/VisitBritain/en-GB/Details.aspx?contentID=129096&IsSearchFormAccommodation=false

Duxford Imperial War Museum – Europe 's premier aviation museum and one of the finest collections of tanks, military vehicles and naval exhibits in the country.
http://duxford.iwm.org.uk

Cambridge American Military Cemetery, Madingley - The Cemetery commemorates American service men & women who lost their lives in WWII.
http://www.madingleyamericancemetery.info

   
FAMILIES
   

Wicken Fen – T he very first Nature Reserve to be owned by The National Trust and has been cared by the charity for since 1899. It remains one of the most important wetlands in Europe.
http://www.wicken.org.uk

Cambridge Botanic Gardens - Opened to the public in 1846, the Cambridge University Botanic Garden develops & displays over 8,000 different plant species in 40 acres of beautiful landscapes.
http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

   
 
Cambridge Botanic Gardens, courtesy Cambridge 2000
 

Guided walking and punting tours of Cambridge – See Cambridge from the river, take a guided tour round the historical city on foot or join in one of the famous Ghost Tours.
http://www.visitcambridge.org/guidedtours/publictours.php

Banham Zoo, Banham, Norfolk – Award-winning zoo, home to 1,000 animals from around the world, which will appeal to the whole family.
http://www.banhamzoo.co.uk

Hamerton Zoo, near Sawtry, Cambridgeshire - Home to over 100 species of exotic birds and animals, from around the world.
http://www.hamertonzoopark.com

Linton Zoo, Linton, Cambridgeshire - Wildlife from all over the world, including snow leopards, tigers, zebras and tarantula spiders.
http://www.lintonzoo.com

Cheeky Monkeys Play Barn, Fulbourn, Cambridge - Indoor and outdoor play centre for children up to 10 years of age.
http://www.cheekymonkeysltd.co.uk

Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Suffolk - Collection of operational vintage steam and diesel engines.  
http://www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

Nene Valley Railway, Stibbington, Peterborough - Home to Thomas the Tank Engine and over 28 steam and diesel locomotives, including Thomas, the children’s favourite engine.
http://www.nvr.org.uk

Go Ape, Thetford Forest, Norfolk - An exhilarating course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and zip slides up to 40 feet above the forest floor.
http://www.goape.co.uk

   
  House boats on the river Cam, courtesy Cambridge 2000
   

Grafham Water - One of the largest reservoirs in the country. Activities on offer include cycling, walking, bird watching, windsurfing, sailing and fishing, there are also children’s play areas.
http://www.familiesincambridgeshire.co.uk/grafham-water-centre-i601616.html

Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Essex - The castle is well known for its Jousting Tournaments performed by The Knights of Royal England during the summer months.
http://www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

Mountfitchet Castle and Norman Village, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex - experience life under the reign of William the Conqueror.
http://www.mountfitchetcastle.com

Newmarket Racecourses - Britain's top class racecourses. Race meetings take place between April and October.
http://www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk/summer/index.html

   
Newmarket

National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket, Suffolk - A fascinating insight into the history of British Horse Racing.
http://www.nhrm.co.uk

 

The National Stud, Newmarket, Suffolk - The only thoroughbred stud in the country to open its gates to the public for guided tours.
http://www.nationalstud.co.uk/

   
The Raptor Foundation, Woodhurst, near Huntingdon - The foundation protects and treats many types of bird. On display are owls, falcons and hawks.
http://www.raptorfoundation.org.uk/

Welney Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre, Welney, Norfolk - This wetland nature reserve attracts a large number of wintering ducks, and swans.
http://www.wwt.org.uk/centre/124/welney.html

Wildtracks Off-Road Activity Park, Kennett, Newmarket, Suffolk - The only purpose built off-road activity park in the U.K, complete with military vehicles, 4X4, quads and motorcross bikes.
http://www.wildtracksltd.co.uk

MARKETS

Ely - General Markets held on Thursdays and on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday of every month offering a fantastic range of goods at great prices. Craft and Collectibles Market happens every Saturday throughout the year. The Ely Farmers Market , with producers on hand to give advice and fresh produce from across the region, takes place on the 2nd and 4th Saturday
http://visitely.eastcambs.gov.uk/html/tourpages.asp?title=About+Ely's+Markets&hier=Shopping+and+Markets
Cambridge - General market, Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, Market Square. Arts and Crafts and local produce market, Sundays 10am to 4pm, Market Square. All Saints Garden art and craft market, Saturdays 10am to 4pm, All Saints Garden, Trinity Street.
http://www.cambridge.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/leisure-and-entertainment/cambridge-markets