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Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire

Places to Visit

Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire in context

To the west of East Anglia is Cambridgeshire, a county best known as the home to the university that makes up the second half of ‘Oxbridge’ (the other half is Oxford, in case you didn’t know). As well as its globally renowned educational credentials, it also has a rich natural history; much of its area is made up of reclaimed or untouched fens. These are low-lying areas which are marshy and prone to flooding. The lowest point in the UK is at Holme Fen, which is some 9 feet (2.75 metres) below sea level. Some of the fens had been drained before, but it was in the 19th and 20th centuries that wide-spread, successful drainage took place, expanding the amount of arable and inhabitable land available.

Ely

Ely Cathedral was built on an island among the swampy fens, but now sits among acres of productive farmland, albeit farmland criss-crossed by miles of flood-preventing watercourses. Oliver Cromwell was born in Ely, and his family home can still be visited. Cambridge itself is a beautiful and historic city, with any number of impressive old buildings, churches and colleges, and plenty of chances to mess about on the River Cam which gave the city its name.

Recommended in Cambridgeshire

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Hotel Felix

This beautiful Victorian mansion has a contemporary style.
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The Sheene Mill

A charming 16th-century watermill with individually decorated bedrooms.
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Restaurant Alimentum

A trip to Alimentum is a journey of discovery in every sense.