East of England Visitor Guide


With its coastal and country landscapes, market towns and villages, and many family attractions and events, East Anglia is the perfect destination for a holiday, short break or day out. In this guide we cover how to make the most of a trip to this beautiful region...


Huntingdonshire is centred around the

beautiful River Great Ouse and has

fascinating historic market towns to explore.

The four towns of Huntingdon and Godmanchester,

Ramsey, St Ives and St Neots have

long and wonderful histories.

Huntingdon, St Ives and St Neots nestle on

the banks of the River Great Ouse, while

Ramsey is in a glorious setting on the edge

of the fens, offering the visitor a warm


Huntingdonshire also has a wealth of stunning

villages tucked away down country

lanes, with charming stone buildings and

tranquil waterside settings.

Kimbolton is one of the larger villages in

the area, with its historic High Street and

medieval castle which was the final home

of Queen Katherine of Aragon, wife of King

Henry VIII.

Retrace the steps of more famous people.

Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England,

was born and educated in Huntingdon. His

former grammar school is now a museum

recording his life. He was also a tenant

farmer in St Ives where his statue still stands.

Visit the wealth of other heritage attractions.

There’s Elton Hall with its beautiful

gardens and Gothic orangery, and the 18th

century mansion of Island Hall in Godmanchester,

with its serene riverside setting. The

Manor in Hemingford Grey, on which the

Green Knowe children’s books were based,

is one of the oldest continuously inhabited

houses in the country, and Houghton Mill, the

last working water mill on the River Great

Ouse, is also well worth a visit.

Huntingdonshire is also lucky to have a wide

range of wildlife sites, from the large and

rambling parks of Hinchingbrooke, Paxton

Pits and Grafham Water to the meadows of

Portholme, Houghton and Upwood.

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