Woburn Safari Park
Great for families, Woburn Safari Park in Woburn, just under an hour from Cambridge, is home to all kinds of animals. Drive through beautiful countryside and see lions, tigers, rhinos and bears!
Watch medieval knights do battle at the medieval fortress of Warwick Castle (which is just under 2 hours from Cambridge, but definitely doable as a day trip). You can also try your hand at archery, and even venture into the spooky dungeons!
Thetford Forest Park
Thetford Forest Park is a beautiful woodland that has countless walking and cycling trails, so it’s great for exercise in a stunning rural setting, picnics, or even lunch in the High Lodge Centre. Kids will love the Gruffalo Trail (based on the popular children’s book character) and adventure playground.
Ely is a beautiful city that’s full of fascinating historic sights. Its cathedral is one of the most magnificent in Britain, and has been used in a number of Hollywood films (including The King’s Speech) and you can climb to the top of its towers for incredible views over the surrounding countryside. Oliver Cromwell, who famously led the roundheads against King Charles I during the English Civil War, was a resident of Ely, and you can visit his house here.
If you’ve seen The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, you’ll know all about Bletchley Park. It was the base of the code-crackers who finally broke the World War 2 German enigma code – thanks to Alan Turing. Bletchley Park is a fascinating piece of wartime heritage and well worth a visit.
This sumptuous Jacobean mansion has its origins in the 12th-century Walden Abbey, which was transformed into a mansion over a number of years. Today you can visit its splendid rooms, meet the ‘servants’ in the Victorian service wing, marvel at the gardens and even visit the horses in the stables!
The Old Ferry Boat
The Old Ferry Boat is in Holywell, a village about 30 mins outside of Cambridge itself. It’s easily one of Britain’s oldest pubs, and dates back to 1400, although an inn is thought to have stood here way back in 560. If you’re looking for the traditional English pub experience, this is a great cosy place to find it.
Stilton in the village of Stilton
While Stilton cheese is traditionally made further north in Derbyshire, it was made popular by the landlord of the Bell Inn, in the village of Stilton, in around 1743. The Inn itself has seen its fair share of colourful characters over the centuries, and highwayman Dick Turpin is said to have leapt from one of its windows onto his horse to escape arrest! You can still enjoy Stilton here today, along with plenty of fine ales and other drinks.