Most commonly known for its famous university, Cambridge is a city covered in heritage, culture and history. From the impressive Kings College Chapel to the elegant Botanic Gardens of Cambridge University, the city is filled with exciting places to explore. Many international students travel to Cambridge from London for a day trip as the journey is only an hour long, but Cambridgeshire and the rest of the East Anglia has so much to offer that you might not have considered. Read on to learn about the great places you can visit within 1 hour’s journey of Cambridge and discover what the East of England has to offer.
Located in the small, historic, Fenland city of Ely, and a 40 minute car journey away from Cambridge city centre, Ely Cathedral is a spectacular building to be explored. With much of the Cathedral dating back to over 900 years old, the building offers visitors a breath-taking experience that is rich in history and architecture. The surrounding gardens and parks of the Cathedral also make a perfect spot to sit and have a picnic whilst taking in some impressive views to round off a wonderful day. With regular bus and train transport in and out of the city centre, the Cathedral is a location that is very easy to access.
Visit https://www.elycathedral.org/visit to plan your next trip to Ely Cathedral.
Linton Zoo is a well-established breeding centre for wildlife and is built upon a strong core-belief in animal conservation. The site in Linton, is a 28-minute car journey from Cambridge city centre, and is home to a large collection of exotic animals including Mexican Red-Kneed Tarantulas, Toucans, Parrots, Snakes, Snow Leopards, Hartmann Mountain Zebra and Amur Tigers. Visitors also have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with some of the world’s most endangered species and help the zookeepers feed the animals, making this attraction a must-see.
Learn more about Linton Zoo http://www.lintonzoo.com/index.html
Duxford Imperial War Museum
If you’re fascinated by aviation and war history, then Duxford Imperial War Museum is definitely the place for you. The historic site, a 22-minute drive away from Cambridge city centre, is home to some of the most famous aviation and war machines of past and present. Explore the enourmous hangers that house gigantic aircraft or wander through a live airfield that tells the tale of many personal stories and experiences of those who lived, fought and died in conflict, spanning from the First World War to the present day. Duxford Imperial War Museum is a great day out for international students that enjoy history.
You can learn more about a visit Duxford https://www.iwm.org.uk
Thetford High Lodge
Located deep in the Thetford Forest, High Lodge is a popular forestry area where you can spend the day in-touch with nature. If you’re looking for a peaceful visit, then follow the many walk paths or hire a bike to ride along the quiet trails that lead deep into the forest.
If you’re looking for something more exciting to get that rush of adrenaline, then take part in a range of activities including archery sessions, axe throwing, zipping through the forest on Segways or swinging through the trees at Go Ape Tree Top Adventure. Not to mention, this attraction is only a 54 minute car journey away from Cambridge city centre, this is the perfect alternative day out to the hustle and bustle of the busy city.
Plan a trip to High Lodge Thetford https://www.forestryengland.uk/high-lodge/activities
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