We all know there’s plenty to see and do in Cambridge, but sometimes you just want to get out of the city and explore the wider area. Luckily, Cambridge is excellently located within easy reach of a number of great towns and attractions. So if you’re looking for some exciting places near Cambridge to explore during your next visit, keep reading to discover the best of the best.
Newmarket Racecourse is often considered the headquarters of British horseracing and is home to the largest cluster of training yards in the country. Renowned the world over, the racecourse attracts thousands of keen horse enthusiasts every single year. Located just a 30 minute drive from the centre of Cambridge, it is the ideal respite from the hustle of the city centre and you never know, you may even win!
Attracting tourists from all over the world, Stamford’s charm echoes through every season. Full of glorious Georgian architecture and narrow lanes, it’s no surprise that it was voted as the best place to live in the UK in 2013. Situated around an hour away from Cambridge city centre, the quaint town has a similar feel to Cambridge with its old-world feel and calm rivers. The town itself is home to a number of independent and chain shops and restaurants so is the perfect place to pick up a special gift or treat yourself to a delectable lunch.
We’re not talking Cornwall here, but Cambridge’s equivalent. Not a sea or surfboard in sight, St. Ives is a market town and civil parish in Cambridgeshire. Located on the River Ouse, it is found just 12 miles north of the city centre. A truly beautiful town, its focal point is the superb 15th Century bridge and chapel that spans the river. One of only three such surviving structures in England, it draws visitors back time and time again. The town is home to a mix of shops and eateries to suit all tastes, while the charming parks and open areas provide solace.
Often wrongly thought of as a city, this town was the last and largest of the new towns to be constructed in the UK. Built on a grid system and boasting countless green spaces, it has a pleasant feel of not being too busy or overwhelmingly large. However the real selling point of Milton Keynes is the Milton Keynes Bowl. Having played host to a number of huge musical acts over the years, it offers up an experience like no other so it’s well worth checking out upcoming events if you fancy taking in a show during your trip.
A quintessential English market town, Ramsey is full of historic buildings and age-old heritage. Sitting peacefully in the open countryside, the town is one of the most serene places in the whole county. With plenty to see and do for all tastes, including museums and galleries, and of course galleries and boutiques for that one-off piece, Ramsey ticks all the boxes for visitors.
These suggestions are of course just the tip of the iceberg, and there are plenty more places near Cambridge just waiting to be explored.