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St Ives

Market town and 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 guided electric riverboat trips. You can also discover a fascinating riverport heritage along the waterfront, alleyways and market place, and a great range of independent shops plus a recently renovated museum.

The town’s 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 four such surviving in England. Delights include a host of restaurants and cafés, fine buildings and regular cultural and family friendly events including an illuminated boat parade, a stomping Jazz & Blues Festival and a unique Snowman Festival.

The Guided Busway
This, 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
Walk down to The Quay in the Old Riverport, take a boat trip 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 an important source of willow osiers for basket making.

Local Wildlife
The stunning Ouse Washes landscape with its spectacular winter flocks of migrant birds is very close as are the Great Fen, and the RSPB’s Fen Drayton Lakes and enormous wetland reserve being created at Ouse Fen.

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
There is always something happening in this lively, bustling town. Keep in touch with the programme of current events by visiting www.theoldriverportstives.co.uk.

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