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Tours Beyond Cambridge

Popular tours include visits to Stately Homes such as Wimpole Hall, Audley End, Althorp and Anglesey Abbey. Ely Cathedral remains a favourite and a visit to the horseracing capital of Newmarket makes for an interesting and enjoyable day. Typically English countryside of timbered buildings and thatched houses can be explored with a tour of the Suffolk Wool Towns or visit the sites that inspired one of England’s best artists with a visit to Constable Country.

Contact us at tours@cambridge.gov.uk for more information and prices.

Ely

With its historic city centre, home to the magnificent Cathedral known as the “Ship of the Fens” containing the famous Octagon, Lantern Tower and Stained Glass Museum, Ely is home to local/regional art and national exhibitions at the Babylon Gallery. Visit Oliver Cromwell’s house, which he inherited in 1636, and the Ely Museum chronicling the archaeological, social and military history of “Ely and the Isle”.

Aircraft and Airfields

A must for any plane-spotter! The morning will be spent at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford Europe’s biggest aviation museum, housing everything from Spitfires to Concorde plus examples of the B52, Blackbird SR-71 and B-24 Liberator. See the original planes used in the filming of “Those Magnificent Men...” as well as a great collection of flyers and road vehicles at Shuttleworth.

Huntingdonshire

Huntingdonshire is centred around the beautiful River Great Ouse and its fascinating market towns of Huntingdon and Godmanchester, Ramsey, St Ives and St Neots, which have long and interesting histories to discover. Visitors can retrace the steps of Oliver Cromwell, who was born and educated in Huntingdon, and visit the house in which Samuel Pepys lived for a time. 

Cambridgeshire Churches

Why not explore the wonderful range of delightfully different churches that Cambridgeshire has to offer? All four churches that you will visit are no longer used for worship and are now cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust because of their architectural, archaeological and historical importance.

Visit All Saints, Jesus Lane: a fine Gothic Revival church with a simply stunning arts and crafts interior which features, among others, the early work of Morris & Co. Travel to the picturesque St John’s, Duxford, and see if you can decipher the fascinating medieval wall paintings, hidden to protect them from Puritan destruction and only recently discovered! Enjoy a spot of lunch at Anglesey Abbey and explore this eccentric property’s beautiful gardens. Pop up the road and experience Swaffham Prior’s charming St Cyriac’s: a striking church which shares its churchyard with the parish church St Mary’s. After a well-deserved afternoon tea, return to Cambridge and end the day with the serenity of the tiny and idyllic St Peter’s.

Suffolk Wool Towns

Visit the picturesque medieval towns of Clare, Lavenham, Cavendish and Long Melford. The wealth generated by the wool industry has left a legacy of timber-framed houses set along narrow lanes. Now also famous as the “Antiques Capital of Suffolk” Long Melford is dominated by the Tudor mansion Melford Hall and a 15th-century church at one end of the village green. A little further along is Kentwell Hall, renowned for its recreations of Tudor life. The Ancient House Museum at Clare gives an insight into the history and people of the village. Set in beautiful countryside and with an abundance of tea rooms, cafés and antiques shops, this tour will give you a taste of what English rural life used to be like.

Lectures and After Dinner Talks

Many of our guides give talks to groups on variety subjects, which can be illustrated with slides if requested. We also arrange after-dinner speakers; fees for both services are negotiable.

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