EXPLORE THE FURTHER REACHES OF CAMBRIDGESHIRE

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Wool towns of Suffolk

If guests at The Tamburlaine hotel have had enough of Cambridge then there are plenty of other places for them to visit that can get you out into the East Anglian Broad lands. Although Cambridge holds many historic wonders and shopping opportunities, a visit to the East of England would be nothing without a visit to the East of England. From the winding estuaries of the river Cam to the historic town of Ely, the Norfolk Broads holds many lost wonders that can only be explored if you take a trip off the beaten track.

Ely

Ely is a Cathedral City 14 kilometres away from Cambridge and was established as early as the 7th century when an Abbey was created. Ely’s reputation grew with its continual roots in agriculture, farming and fishing (from where the city name may have derived due to its rivers being a popular source of Eel fishing) and in the Tudor period had established within its boundaries the Kings School. Kings School was granted a royal charter in 1541 by Henry VIII and the coeducational boarding school claims to have existed since 970.

In terms of tourist attractions, Ely Cathedral is a well-known cathedral due to its massive scale and stylistic detail. Having been created in 673, the cathedral is a great example of early Christian worship sites.

Duxford Imperial War Museum

The Duxford branch of the Imperial War Museum is located in the town of Duxford and has over 200 examples of military vehicles, including planes, tanks and cars whilst also boasting a military history of serving as a hangar for the Battle of Britain and later for the US Military’s plane due to its proximity to the coast.

After the RAF Duxford was deemed surplus to requirements in 1969, the military decided to make into the branch of the museum and within two years ten aircrafts from the London branch of the Imperial War Museum had been relocated to Duxford.

Huntingdonshire

An area of Cambridgeshire centred around the Great River Ouse, Huntingdonshire comprises of several brilliant market towns including Ramsey, St Ives and St Neots. The town itself was the area where the famous Oliver Cromwell was educated in his teens and is also home to British Satirist Chris Morris and writer Samuel Pepys.

Wool towns of Suffolk

The neighbouring areas of Suffolk are home to the famous wool towns. Due to the agriculture of the land, the area has a great history of farming wool when weavers from Flanders settled in the area, having been forced to up roots due to the war which came to be known as the Hundred Years War. Before that, England’s wool trade to Europe was mostly in the form of raw wool. The area is well known for its beautiful cottages and timber framed houses. The area is also famous for its beautiful country churches and for being one of the best places to buy and peruse antiques. An area in Suffolk, Kentwell Hall is well known for its recreations of Tudor life.

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