Don't visit Cambridge and stop there! We loved exploring the Cambridgeshire countryside, but even if you don't fancy travelling too far afield there are plenty of historic places to visit nearby. In addition to the places listed below, within a radius of 10-20 miles of the city are dozens of superb medieval churches.
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Grantchester
A beautiful historic village on the outskirts of Cambridge. Poet Rupert Brooke lived at the vicarage and wrote a satyrical poem about village life here.   

American War Cemetary
On the edge of Cambridge, a moving final resting place for thousands of US service personnel

Duxford Aircraft Museum
If you love historic aircraft, this is THE place to come! Vintage planes from WWI and WWII, plus modern military and civilian aircraft. Regular buses from central Cambridge.

Wimpole Hall
A 17th century mansion that was once the home of Rudyard Kipling's daughter. Marvellous formal gardens. A 13 mile waymarked trail links Wimpole and Cambridge.

Denny Abbey
7 miles from Cambridge, this ruined medieval abbey dates to the 12th century. Next to the abbey is a popular farm museum.

Angelsey Abbey
A 20th century mansion built from a medieval priory. Superb interiors, and a deliciously colourful garden. A short walk from the mansion is Lode Mill, a restored, working water mill.

FURTHER AFIELD:
Ely Cathedral
Peterborough Cathedral
Wicken Fen
Ramsey Abbey Gatehouse
Kimbolton Castle