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Anglesey Abbey

Explore this historic mansion to see the treasures amassed by its affluent owners and to explore the pretty gardens.

Anglesey Abbey is a charming country cottage in the scenic outskirts of Cambridge. Surrounding the house are 114 acres (46 hectares) of elegant gardens with floral displays and statues. Spend a relaxing afternoon meandering through the trees in these serene and picturesque grounds.

The origins of the house date back to the 12th century, when a community constructed a priory on this land. It was rebuilt as a country house in the 1600s. It then went under ownership of several affluent families, including Lord Fairhaven, a British nobleman born in the United States.

Go on a guided tour of the house for a greater understanding of its history and the gems that have been collected over the years. Among the items on display are fine silverware and clocks. Admire the array of paintings and antiques that Lord Fairhaven purchased with the goal of generating an 18th-century stately ambiance. 

Take the kids to the Wildlife Discovery Area, where they can build dens, sit in the storytelling circle and clamber up the Lime Tree Lookout tree house. There are several designated trails throughout the large grounds. Take the Winter Garden and Riverside stroll, which you can complete in less than an hour. The Woodland Path and Hoe Fen Trail and the Circular Walk are much longer trails. 

Wander through the charming gardens to see the delicate snowdrops, hyacinths, roses and other elegant floral displays. Many of these specimens can be purchased at the Plant Center. The grounds also feature the working Lode Mill. 

The majority of the complex is open daily to visitors from morning until late afternoon. However, the house itself closes on Mondays and Tuesdays. Entrance fees vary depending on what you want to see. Children, families and groups receive a discount.

Anglesey Abbey is located 8 miles (13 kilometers) northeast of the center of Cambridge. Take the regular bus service from Cambridge to the cottage or walk or cycle along a scenic path. If you drive, park for free on-site.


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Black Horse Inn $106
Black Horse Inn

Black Horse Inn

35 High Street, Swaffham Bulbeck, High Street Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridge, England
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Cambridge, this inn is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Anglesey Abbey and within 9 mi (15 km) of Newmarket Racecourse and Addenbrooke's Hospital. Anglia Ruskin University and Cambridge Corn Exchange are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Quy Mill Hotel & Spa, BW Premier Collection $124
    Quy Mill Hotel & Spa, BW Premier Collection

    Quy Mill Hotel & Spa, BW Premier Collection

    Church Road, Stow-Cum-Quy, Cambridge, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Cambridge, this spa hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Anglesey Abbey and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Abbey Stadium. University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke's Hospital are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Crown & Punchbowl $98
      Crown & Punchbowl

      Crown & Punchbowl

      High Street, Cambridge, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Cambridge, this inn is within 3 mi (5 km) of St John's Innovation Centre, Abbey Stadium, and Cambridge Business Park. University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke's Hospital are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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        Cambridge Country Cottages

        Eye hall , Horningsea, Cambridge, England
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Holiday Inn Express Cambridge

          Holiday Inn Express Cambridge

          15/17 Coldhams Park, Norman Way, Cambridge, England
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Cambridge, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cambridge University Lawn Tennis Club, Addenbrooke's Hospital, and University of Cambridge. Anglia Ruskin University and Cambridge Corn Exchange are also within 3 mi (5 km). Cambridge Station is 30 minutes by foot.

            Clayton Hotel Cambridge formerly known as The Tamburlaine Hotel $158
            Clayton Hotel Cambridge formerly known as The Tamburlaine Hotel

            Clayton Hotel Cambridge formerly known as The Tamburlaine Hotel

            Station Rd, Cambridge, England
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Cambridge, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, and Cambridge Arts Theatre. St Catharine's College and Church of St Mary the Great are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cambridge Station is only a 2-minute walk.

              The Old School House Rooms $149
              The Old School House Rooms

              The Old School House Rooms

              9 Greenside, Waterbeach, Cambridge, England
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Cambridge, this bed & breakfast is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Denny Abbey and Farmland Museum and 3 mi (4.9 km) from St John's Innovation Centre. Anglia Ruskin University and Cambridge Business Park are also within 6 mi (10 km). Cambridge Waterbeach Station is 9 minutes by foot.

                MJP @ The Shepherds $112
                MJP @ The Shepherds

                MJP @ The Shepherds

                5 High St, Cambridge, England
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Cambridge, this inn is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Abbey Stadium and within 3 mi (5 km) of Anglia Ruskin University and Cambridge Corn Exchange. Trinity College and King's College are also within 3 mi (5 km).