Days Out In Huntingdon
Historic Town Trail
Huntingdon’s Historic Town Trail takes you on a self-guided circular walk from the Town Hall, past the ‘Thinking Soldier’ war memorial and the 16th century Falcon Inn, reputedly a headquarters for Cromwell during the Civil War and on beyond All Saints’ Church. As one of only two surviving medieval churches, All Saints has Norman stonework and the font is reputed to have been used for the baptism of Cromwell. The route leads you past old gaols, the quaint Market Inn and on to the picturesque riverside park with its 19th century mill, now smart apartments, and back through the town with so much more history to soak up.
Huntingdon is ideally situated on the main hub of the A14 and A1 and is just 55 minutes by train from London and 25 minutes by car from Cambridge. The town is well served by public transport, including the ‘Busway’ guided bus to Cambridge. The nearest airport is Stansted, approximately one hour’s drive away.
With its pedestrianised shopping centre, Huntingdon offers visitors a choice of national, independent and boutique shops. The town is undergoing a major facelift with the ongoing redevelopment but continues to offer an excellent mix of shops for all tastes. Gift shops, craft shops, bookshops, antique shops, clothes and home-style shops all allow a happy hour or so to be whiled away. Visit Huntingdon First’s website for a full list of shops, where to find them and for any special offers. www.huntingdonfirst.co.uk
Traditional markets are held every Saturday and Wednesday in the Market Square, with the popular Farmers’ Markets every other Friday and on the last Saturday of a five-week month. There is also a popular Crafts & Collectables Market every Friday in the town’s Commemoration Hall.
Visiting markets include French and Italian Markets and exquisite craft markets. All year round there are periods of entertainment to keep the young at heart happy with the popular Christmas Lights event lighting up the town each November for the festive period.
Anyone with restricted mobility is welcome to make use of the wheelchairs and power scooters available at Huntingdon Shopmobility in Princes Street car park. Tel 01480 432793 or www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk
And do keep an eye open for our BID Huntingdon Town Rangers; dressed in red, they are ready to help with answers to questions, directions or in any way they can!
There are plenty of places to enjoy a drink, a bite to eat or a more formal dining experience as well as pavement cafes for those hazy summer days. Visit Huntingdon First’s website for a full list. www.huntingdonfirst.co.uk
Even more places to visit
This Tudor country house was built around an early 13th century nunnery. It was given by Henry VIII to Richard Cromwell in 1538 at the time of the Dissolution. Queen Elizabeth I and King James I visited here. The next owners, the Montagu family, soon to become the Earls of Sandwich, remained in their ancestral home until the 1960s, when it became a school. Huntingdon Grammar School was on the site of what is now the Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon, once attended by Oliver Cromwell and Samuel Pepys.
Within easy walking distance of the town and the railway station the House, still a school from Monday to Friday, provides impressive facilities for weekend events, weddings, balls, dinner dances and conferences and is open to the public during the summer months.
Hinchingbrooke Country Park
Open grasslands, meadows, woodlands and lakes cover 170 acres with a wealth of wildlife everywhere. Perfect for walking the dog, exploring with children, enjoying tea and homemade cakes in the cafe or picnicking with friends or family.
Riverside Park and Boat Trips
Huntingdon’s riverside park is a great place to relax, take a boat trip or simply enjoy a picnic whilst watching the fourth longest river in England, The River Great Ouse, go peacefully on its way to The Wash in Norfolk.
Huntingdon Racecourse is just a stone’s throw from the town, directly off the A14 and holds regular race meetings including family fun days.
Visit Huntingdon First’s website for more information www.huntingdonfirst.co.uk