Huntingdonshire is Cambridgeshire’s local government district and covers Huntingdon’s surrounding area. St. Ives, Godmanchester, St. Neots, and Ramsey all belong to Huntingdonshire. A campaign to promote awareness of Huntingdonshire succeeded to make the county known today as a historical one. Furthermore, Huntingdonshire has become part of East Anglia.
Huntingdonshire, like every other county in the United Kingdom, boasts of picturesque sceneries that soothe the soul and satisfies the nature-lust of travel-hungry vacationers. Holiday or not, Huntingdonshire has plenty of things to offer – from fantastic views to leisurely activities.
One of the things that Huntingdonshire is famous for is its bounty of sports activities. You have the option to go on a lively boat ride or cruise at Banks End, go fishing at West Perry, enter a horserace or watch one from the Huntingdon Racecourse, or go rally karting at Kings Ripton.
If sports is not your thing, you can make a worthy visit to the Hemingford Grey Manor House, one of Huntingdon’s most well-known tourist attractions, thanks to Lucy M. Boston who popularized the place with her Green Knowe books. The impressive house has ancient flagstone floors, a moat, a thousand-year-old fireplace that almost takes up one wall of the house, and the famed green deer.
Then head off to Houghton Mill, a working watermill that dates back to the 17th century and is situated right beside the River Ouse. Tea rooms, as well as art galleries that showcase the works of local artists (and only open during the summer), are lovely things to enjoy.
You can learn about the rich history of Huntingdonshire at the Norris Museum, the county’s premier museum. It was founded by a St. Ives local, Herbet Norris, who left his life’s worth of Huntingdonshire relics to the town in 1931, right before he died.
Another important site for learning history is the Cromwell Museum, first called the Huntingdon Grammar School with Oliver Cromwell as one of its students and dates back to the 12th century. Today, there are numerous displays that tell the story of the statesman’s life and legacy.
Next, head off to Hinchingbrooke House and Country Park. The House, once home to four generations of Cromwell, including the Lord Protector himself, is now part of Hinchingbrooke School. The grounds cover an art and theatre complex, a country park, a hospital, and police headquarters. On the other hand, the Park provides an array of activities to suit everyone’s taste – from walks to picnics and barbecues. 170 acres that comprise of woodland, meadows, riverbanks and lakes await locals and tourists alike.
If you want to engage in more outdoor activities, visit the Hamerton Zoological Park, a private zoo in New Sawtry. The zoo is open to the public and picnics in the grounds are allowed. There’s a play area for children and some live, loose animals that you can pet and explore.
Other places to visit include the Woodwalton Fen Nature Reserve in Cambourne, the Raptor Foundation, the Kimbolton Castle, and The Manor in Huntingdon, and the Ramsey Rural Museum in Ramsey.