Eastern England – Cambridgeshire

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1. Duxford Imperial War Museum

As well as hosting some major air shows every year, Duxford, near Cambridge, is home to Europe’s largest collection of military aircraft. The British collection covers military and civilian aircraft dating from WWI to Concorde, and includes crowd pullers like the Supermarine Spitfire and Lancaster Bomber. The American collection features the largest collection of American combat aircraft outside the United States, including the P-51 Mustang and the huge B-52 Stratofortress.

2. Wimpole Hall

Wimpole Hall is a magnificent country house, part of the grandest working estate in Cambridgeshire. This country house, gardens, landscaped park and Home Farm were created by the greatest names of their day in architecture and landscape design. Discover beautiful  Georgian interiors and an intriguing insight into life below stairs. Stroll through the Pleasure Grounds to the walled kitchen garden, abundant with fruit and vegetables, served as part of a delicious menu in the restaurant.

3. Flag Fen Bronze Age Centre

At Flag Fen you can explore and investigate how the Celtic people of the Fen lived 3500 years ago. The Flag Fen archaeology park has over 20 acres of outdoors to explore and two indoor display areas. Here you can wander through a reconstructed Bronze Age landscape and farmstead, sit and ponder within the reconstructed roundhouses, have a go at weaving on the loom, smell the Bronze Age and Roman herb gardens and stand where our ancestors once stood by the ritual causeway.

4. Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill

This Jacobean-style country house with its collection of treasures, is set in fine formal and informal gardens with a working 18th century watermill. It contains Lord Fairhaven’s fascinating collection of collections, rare works of art, sumptuous furnishings and spectacular statuary. Anglesey Abbey is a place of peace and tranquillity with 98 acres of landscaped and wildlife gardens. Facilities include a shop, plant sales and a licensed restaurant serving traditional Cambridgeshire dishes.

5. Hamerton Zoological Park

With big cats, birds, primates and other animals and mammals, as-well as play and picnic areas for children, a visit to Hamerton Zoological Park is a great day out for all the family. Meet lions, tigers and cheetas, see exotic birds, friendly lemurs and wallabies or slithering reptiles. The Stroll-a-Safari allows you to get right up close to the pygmy goats and feed them by hand. A coffee shop sells snacks and refreshments.

6. Houghton Mill

Full of hands-on activities for all the family and with most of its machinery still intact, this five-storey weatherboarded building dates from the 18th century and is the last working watermill on the Great Ouse. Flour is for sale, ground in the traditional way by water-powered mill stones. The mill stands on an island on the edge of the attractive village of Houghton and is an ideal starting point for a walk through the water meadows. A tea-room offers delicious food and drink to refresh you after your stroll.

7. Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve

Wicken Fen is one of Britain’s oldest nature reserves and contains the last 0.1% of fenland left in Britain. A remnant of the once massive Cambridgeshire Fens, it preserves a true sense of wetland wilderness. Standing in the middle of the reserve, nothing is visible other than wild habitats of fen, water and woodland. Wicken Fen is home to wild ponies, otters and rare butterflies, has wildlife trails and hides, a fascinating visitor centre and a café serving delicious food prepared on the premises.

8. Peckover House and Garden

Peckover House is a Georgian merchant’s town house with a large walled garden – a lovely retreat in Wisbech town centre.There are many fine Victorian features, including an orangery, summerhouses and fernery as-well as celebrated rococo plaster and wood carvings. There is also a 17th-century thatched barn available for weddings and functions.

9. Ely Cathedral

Known as the “Ship of the Fens,” Ely Cathedral dominates the low-lying countryside in which it is set and is a well-loved landmark for many miles around. The Cathedral was founded by Etheldreda, a Saxon princess, who was born in AD 630 at Exning near Newmarket. Work on the soaring Gothic architecture of the present Cathedral began in the 11th century, and has since undergone several restorations. There is also a stained glass museum, shop, cafe and a restaurant at the nearby Almonry.

10. The Babylon Gallery, Ely

The Babylon Gallery in Ely is situated next to the river, and runs a stimulating programme of both local and national exhibitions, featuring film, photography, painting and printmaking. Local and regional professional artists are invited to exhibit and the gallery also accommodates touring exhibitions on a regular basis. Admission is free.

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