The County of Cambridgeshire is north east of London, and is bordered by Lincolnshire in the north, Norfolk in the north east, Suffolk in the east, Essex and Hertfordshire in the south, and Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire in the west.
The main city is Cambridge, with its famous University and splendid architecture.
The county has a long historic past, and there have been numerous archaeological finds dating from the Stone Age and Iron Age, as well as from Roman times and the Middle Ages.
Much of the county of Cambridgeshire is fairly flat, and a number of RAF and USAAF bases were built here during WWII for Bomber Command. A number of these still remain.
National Trust Properties in Cambridgeshire
There are 7 National Trust properties in Cambridgeshire.
Some are rather small, and are also fairly close together, so it is possible to visit two or three in a single day out.
As National Trust members have free admission to any properties, this works out at excellent value.
Quy Road, Lode, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB25 9EJ
Telephone: 01223 810080
In the 1930’s, the future Lord Fairhaven began creating a home where he could inspire and surprise visitors.
He created wonderful gardens that were planted for each of the four seasons, and the estate of 114 acres was geared to a lifestyle of horse racing and shooting.
The house itself has retained it’s 1930’s style, and is lavishly furnished with many paintings, silver and a collection of rare clocks.
Houghton, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 2AZ
Telephone: 01480 301494
This five story building is the last working water mills on the River Ouse.
The mill is located in a stunning riverside setting, and there are hands-on activities for all the family.
You can also buy flour which has been ground by the water powered mill stones.
This is a great educational treat for children of all ages.
PECKOVER HOUSE AND GARDEN
North Brink, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire PE13 1JR
Telephone: 01945 583463
This is a classic merchants house that was run by the Peckover family, who were staunch Quakers, and was lived in by the family for 150 years.
The house and gardens are tucked away in the town of Wisbech, and are two acres of sensory delight, complete with an orangery, rose garden and a croquet lawn.
RAMSEY ABBEY GATEHOUSE
Abbey School, Ramsey, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE17 1DH
Telephone: 01480 301494
The impressive gatehouse is all that is left of what was once a great Benedictine Abbey.
The gatehouse is on the grounds of a school.
Admission is free, but a donation is suggested.
WICKEN FEN NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE
Lode Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 5XP
Telephone: 01353 720274
This nature reserve is one of Europe’s most important wetlands, and has more than 8,000 species of wildlife.
The fen has numerous types of plants, birds and dragonflies, and a raised boardwalk leads to a landscape of flowering meadows and reed beds, where you can often spot rare birds, and water voles.
In addition Wicken Fen has grazing herds of Highland cattle and Konik ponies.
This is a great place to take a relaxing walk or boat ride, and to see the historic fenland as it once was.
Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8 0BW
Telephone: 01223 206000
Wimpole Hall is a large and impressive mansion, once the home of Rudyard Kipling’s daughter Elsie Bambridge.
The house has splendid Georgian interiors, including the Yellow Drawing Room and basement corridor.
There is a walled fruit and vegetable garden, as well as a landscaped garden, plus pastures where you can find rare breed cattle grazing.
There is definitely something for everyone at Wimpole Hall.
WIMPOLE HOME FARM
Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire SG8 0BW
Telephone: 01223 206000
The farm is part of the Wimpole estate, complete with a great barn and a traditional farmyard, complete with a piggery and cattle sheds.
The farm has a number of rare breed cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, goats and horses.
Visitors can take part in milking the cows and also grooming the donkeys.
About The National Trust
The National Trust is an independent charity in the UK that helps to protect and open to the public over 350 historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments.
The charity also looks after forests, woods, beaches and farmland, as well as archaeological sites, castles, nature reserves and historic villages.
The National Trust has over 3.6 million members, and a team of 55,000 volunteers.
More than 14 million people pay to visit National Trust properties annually, and 50 million are estimated to visit open air sites.
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