Cambridge Tourism

Gardens in Cambridgeshire

by chloechillault
04 November 2019 · 3 min read

Cambridge is a lively city full of pubs, museums and very well-known for its university, but did you know it was as well surrounded by charming gardens and parks? Not only the city has its own beautiful gardens, but the county of Cambridgeshire is also home to many botanical wonders. Let’s not lose any more time and dive into the best spots for your autumnal walks when touring in Cambridgeshire!

Beechwoods Nature Reserve

Located at a 20 minutes’ drive from Cambridge’s city centre, the Beechwoods Nature Reserve is a 10 hectares property free for access. Let yourself go with the sights and sound of the trees of the reserve. The reserve is protected by The Wildlife Trusts, a strong protector of the natural environment, particularly in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. If you have time, we suggest taking their workshop on the local wildlife located in the reserve.

Address: Wort’s Causeway, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB22 3BF

Wandlebury Country Park

Situated south of Cambridge, the Wandlebury is the ideal site for a family picnic or BBQ. Opened 365 days a year, the park offers lovely walks through woodland and wildflower meadows. With one of the most diverse ranges of tree species in Cambridgeshire, Wandlebury is home to a host of multiple rare species. With trees older than 300 years old, you’ll be able to switch off and observe the wildlife.

The park hosts many events throughout the year, from volunteer work parties to organized walks.

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Address: Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 3AE

Coton Countryside Reserve

Located near Coton village, the Coton Countryside Reserve combines nature, public access, and a working farm. Developed from the 1930’s, the reserve aims to fight pollution coming from the city and limit urban’s space’s presence. Coton countryside is made for everyone and has easy access for cyclists, horse riders and wheelchairs. The reserve has a variety of lowland countryside habitats including ponds or hedgerows. Coton Countryside preserves as much as possible the surrounding environment and continues to watch over the ongoing maturation of the reserve’s habitats. If you get the chance to visit the reserve, try walking up to Red Meadow Hill where views of the Cambridgeshire County are to die for!

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Still looking for that perfect gift? Know someone who loves or would love visiting Wandlebury or one of our other sites around Cambridge? Why not buy the gift of membership? A single membership costs just £25 a year, with family membership at £35 (other options also available). Benefits include free parking at Wandlebury, free entry to our historic properties on open days, discounts on events, activities and venue hire, twice yearly copies of our membership magazine 'The Ring' and more! To buy membership or find out more details go to our website https://www.cambridgeppf.org/gift-membership-for-christmas #cambridge #christmas #holly #membership #localcharity #giftsforchristmas #wandlebury #coton #hollyberries #cotoncountrysidereserve #leperchapelcambridge #hinxton #hinxtonmill #bournmill #caxton #giftscambridge #redandgreen

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Address: Grantchester Rd, Cambridge CB23 7PZ, United Kingdom

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Home to over 8,000 species, Cambridge University Botanic Garden is a must-do in Cambridge. At a 10-minutes walking distance from The Tamburlaine, the garden is the optimal spot for successful autumnal walks. Whether you visit Cambridge by yourself, with friends or family, or with your significant other, you’ll love to observe their immense horticultural collection. Originally used by the Cambridge University faculty, the garden used to grow plants as teaching material for medical students. Now open to the public, you can choose to visit the garden by yourself or with a guide on a walking tour. For those of you who have a green thumb, you’ll love to stop by the garden shop, where they offer a great selection of pots, planters, and garden ornaments.

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As we delve deeper in to Autumn, the Garden slowly transforms from glistening greens in to a glow of warm reds, rusts, creams and caramels. Sculptural seed heads dangle delicately amidst swathes of burnished leaves, while bundles of berries are ripened to perfection, a temptation too strong for some of our resident wildlife. Stars of the show this week include Malus transitoria, otherwise known as 'Golden Raindrops Tree'. You can find it bejeweling Cory Lawn as you stop for your warming hot chocolate at the Garden Cafe. Head over to the Lake to see Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’, which is just starting to change colour and currently showing off an abundance of spiky fruit clusters. It will be truly splendid in a couple of weeks when it lights the water up in a blaze of fiery red and orange (see third pic for what to expect). A wander around the Garden will reward you with countless other fruits, berries, seeds and final flower flushes, but don't leave without popping to the Glasshouse terrace. There you will see the soft, tubular blooms of Leonotis leonurus, which orginally hails from southern Africa and is a beautiful, vibrant autumnal orange. #Autumn #Autumntrees #berries #seedheads #fruit

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Address: 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE, United Kingdom

Peckover House and Garden

Last but not least, the Peckover House and Garden. An hour’s drive away from Cambridge city centre, the garden is a hidden gem in the heart of Cambridgeshire. From the Victorian-style gardens to the Georgian house formerly home of the Peckover family, you are guaranteed to love this place. If you are a fan of roses, then stop searching you’ve found what you were looking for! With over 10 listed species of roses and historical unknown roses, you will feel like jumping back in time. Full of history and anecdotes, the Peckover House is a go-to place.

We suggest being there at sunset when the autumnal colours will be sublimated.

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Another beautiful sunset over Peckover's garden.

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Address: N Brink, Wisbech PE13 1JR, United Kingdom

We hope that you’ll enjoy these autumnal walks guide as much as we did. Cambridgeshire is full of surprises and its wildlife is much more extended than we could think! If you are more into indoors, we suggest you to have a look at Three Galleries in Cambridge to Check Out During Your Stay at the Tamburlaine Hotel.