It goes without saying that Cambridge overshadows the county around it, and so it should, with one of the world’s great universities, and all of the history and culture that radiates.
But there’s still a great deal to sink your teeth into in the rest of Cambridgeshire.
It can be hard to imagine now, but many of the towns in the east of the county were once islands surrounded by flooded marshes.
And it’s thrilling to hear how a whole swathe of the country was transformed in the 17th-centiury when lands, often below sea level, were drained, creating new wealth and industry.
Cambridgeshire was also home to Oliver Cromwell who ruled the country instead of a monarch as the Protector of the Commonwealth in the 1600s and became one of UK history’s most significant and controversial personalities.
Lets explore the best places to visit in Cambridgeshire:
The University of Cambridge has a worldwide reputation for excellence, and, having been founded in 1209, is the second oldest in the English-speaking world.
The university’s various colleges like Kings’, Queens’, Trinity and St Catherine’s are integral to a visit to the city with stunning architecture from different periods.
Punting along the “Backs”, where several college buildings back onto the River Cam is one of several must-dos.
Another, if you have time, is the sensational Fitzwilliam Museum, with a Henry Moore sculpture in its grounds and a trove of painting from the Dutch, English, Flemish, French and Italian Schools.
Rubens is especially well-represented, with 14 paintings.