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St Ives

St Ives

The Old Riverport

The Old Riverport St Ives is a beautiful historic town 15 miles from Cambridge on the river Great Ouse that offers a wealth of recreational opportunities including electric riverboat trips. You can also discover a fascinating heritage along the waterfront, alleyways and market place, and a great range of independent shops throughout the town.

Its original character is retained with regular markets held every Monday and Friday, large Bank Holiday markets and an award winning Farmers' Market held on the first and third Saturday of each month. You will find lots to do. A focal point is the splendid 15th Century Bridge and chapel over the river, one of only three such surviving in England. Delights include a host of restaurants and cafés, fine buildings and regular cultural and family friendly events including the illuminated boat parade, a stomping Jazz & Blues Festival and a unique Snowman Festival.

The Guided Busway
The Guided Busway, the longest in the world, runs through pretty countryside and provides quick and frequent access to the centre of Cambridge.

Gateway to the beautiful Ouse Valley
Take a trip to The Old Riverport and discover one of the country’s best kept secrets - the fabulous Cambridgeshire countryside. From the west, the gentle river winds its way through the beautiful water meadows and villages of the Ouse Valley, ideal for walking.

Hemingford Meadow, described by Daniel Defoe in 1724/6 as ‘the most beautiful in any part of England, one of the most agreeable sights of its kind in the whole world’ overlooks the town. Also accessed from the town, near the grade 1 listed parish church of All Saints, is Holt Island Nature Reserve, once important reed beds.

St.Ives Electric Riverboat Cruises
Only a short journey on the guided bus out of Cambridge, the charming market town of St. Ives offers unique boat cruises on the Great Ouse River from the Quay at The Old Riverport. Discover the Cambridgeshire countryside on this delightful part of the river.

Follow the History and Heritage or The Outdoors links for ideas on great days out in St Ives or see our What's On guide for listings of events taking place in St. Ives.

What's On in St.Ives

For more information on The Old Riverport - St.Ives visit their website:

The Ouse Washes Landscape is only a heartbeat away. Explore the vast river network by hiring a boat from St Ives or come face to face with amazing wildlife at nearby RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes and RSPB Ouse Fen.

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