History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Wicken Fen is the oldest national nature reserve in England, it was founded in 1899 and has been managed by the National Trust since that time. The fen is a wetland remnant of the Cambridgeshire Fens that once covered large expanses of the county.
It has been recognised for its unique environmental importance as an animal and bird habitat, with its sedge beds, reed communities and Fen meadows supporting a wide variety of flora and fauna. Almost 5000 species of insects, animals and birds have been recorded at Wicken.
In the 1820s Charles Darwin was known to come here to collect beetles, but today visitors are more likely to be local residents and children attending one of the regular educational workshops organised by the National Trust. A boardwalk over the fenland allows visitors to view the wetlands with minimal disruption to resident species.
The Visitor Centre features exhibitions on the history and ecology of the fenlands, and staff are available to help visitors record their sightings of flora and fauna species.
About Wicken Fen
Address: Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, CB7 5XP
Attraction Type: Countryside
Location: S of the A1123, 3 miles W of Soham. Paid parking for non-members.
Website: Wicken Fen
Phone: 01353 720 274
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
OS: TL563 705
Photo Credit: Paul Shreeve, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Soham, St Andrew's Church - 2.5 miles (Historic Church)
Burwell Museum and Windmill - 3 miles (Museum)
Burwell, St Mary's Church - 3.3 miles (Historic Church)
Swaffham Prior, St Cyriac & St Julitta - 4.1 miles (Historic Church)
Swaffham Prior, St Mary's Church - 4.1 miles (Historic Church)
Denny Abbey and Farmland Museum - 4.7 miles (Abbey)
Landwade, St Nicholas Church - 4.8 miles (Historic Church)
Isleham Priory Church - 5.5 miles (Historic Church)
Nearest Accommodation to Wicken Fen:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Tourist Information Centre
Oliver Cromwell's House
29 St Mary's Street
Tel: 01353 662062
Fax: 01353 668518