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Wisbech and The Fens

Wisbech, the Capital of the Fens is the perfect place for a day out or a break to get away from it all. There is plenty of accommodation choice, from historic town centre hotels to attractive B&B's in rural settings and charming self catering cottages.

Wisbech is renowned for its elegant Georgian architecture, a legacy from an era when the town was a booming trade centre. Stroll along the Brinks or round the Crescent to see some fine Georgian houses. Then visit Peckover House on North Brink, once the home of the Peckovers, a Quaker banking family, now in the care of the National Trust and open to visitors from spring to autumn 3 or 4 afternoons a week.

A little further along North Brink is a completely different example of Georgian architecture. Elgood's Brewery was one of the first Georgian breweries to be built outside London and has stood almost unchanged for more than 200 years. You can sample some of Elgood's award winning real ales, either on a brewery tour or in one of the many Elgood's pubs in town.

For all those historians, Wisbech has two museums; the Wisbech and Fenland in the Crescent and Octavia Hill's Birthplace House on South Brink. The Wisbech and Fenland Museum is one of the oldest museums in the United Kingdom. It is very unusual because it is not only a museum, but also home to two historic libraries and a substantial archive, holding diocesan and borough items.

The original manuscript of the Charles Dickens novel, Great Expectations, can also be found here. Wisbech also has one of the oldest surviving Georgian Theatres in the country. The Angles Theatre has just 112 seats and offers a variety of drama, dance and music in a cosy performance space.

After discovering all those delights you can venture out into the Cambridgeshire Fens. The expansive landscape of the Fens forms one of the most distinctive areas of Britain, the ideal place for a short break, to relax and unwind. Fenland is a unique landscape formed by nature and shaped by people over more than 6000 years, a landscape that has fed, clothed and sheltered them, with its very own history, its own culture, its own way of working. There is much to see and do in the Cambridgeshire Fens.

After discovering all those delights you can venture out into the Cambridgeshire Fens.

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The Cambridgeshire Fenland includes the unique and beautiful Ouse Washes Landscape where you can experience incredible wildlife encounters, discover the unique drainage history or relax in perfect tranquillity. For more information, see their website.

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