A residential town in the heart of beautiful, leafy Cambridgeshire, Huntingdon is a good base for visitors who wish to explore the scenic surrounding region. The town benefits from excellent transport links to wider Cambridgeshire and the rest of the UK, as well as being reasonably well-equipped with shops and restaurants. While not really a tourist destination, the town does lay claim to a couple of tourist attractions and there are some attractive buildings to be seen among the modern residential developments. The birthplace of Oliver Cromwell, Huntingdon has several large hotels and plenty of smaller guesthouses, meaning that visitors to Huntingdon can shop around for the best deals to suit their budget. Huntingon lies on the Great Ouse River's north bank.
Huntingdon's centrally-located train station, on Brampton Road, provides direct links between the town and London and Peterborough on services operated by First Capital Connect. There are also regular trains to Cambridge itself and the popular tourist destination of St Ives, as well as other destinations within Cambridgeshire. A taxi rank is located outside the entrance to the London-bound station platform, providing easy access to the town's hotels.
Visitors arriving by air at London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton will find decent rail connections to Huntingdon via changes in Central London, while those arriving at London Stansted can connect at Cambridge. There are good bus services between Huntingdon and other towns and villages in Cambridgeshire and good road links with London, the South East and the rest of the UK. Huntingdon is located just off the Al, at the road's junction with the A664.
Things to See and Do
Although it does boast a couple of low-key tourist attractions, the market town of Huntingdon is principally a residential town and its key apppeal to tourists is its location at the heart of a much-visited part of the United Kingdon. The town's major claim to fame is that Oliver Cromwell was born and schooled here and the grammar school that was his seat of learning is now the Cromwell Museum. Samuel Pepys was also born and raised in Huntingdon.
The town's good public transport links make Huntingdon a decent base for exploring Cambridgeshire's more obvious tourist attractions, of which there are many. Cambridge itself is a quick bus or train ride away and there is much more to be seen than the historic university buildings. Here there are plentiful art galleries, museums, cultural centres and theatres, as well as lots of pleasant green spaces and cosy pubs in which to relax. Punting down the River Cam is a favourite activity on summer days and there is also good shopping and a lively drinking and dining scene in Cambridge. Guided walking tours are a pleasant way to get to know Cambridge and find out about the great and good who have studied here. Meanwhile, nearby Peterborough is a pleasant cathedral city and attracts large numbers of visitors each year. As well as scenic countryside, Cambridgeshire is home to medieval abbeys, castles, art galleries, zoos and theme parks, stately homes, parks and gardens and nature reserves and the beautiful Fens are perfect for days out in the countryside. Huntingdon itself has a decent array of high street and independent shops.
Drinking and Dining
As a residential market town, Huntingdon's drinking and dining scene is low key. That said, visitors to the town will not go hungry or thirsty. There are plenty of traditional pubs to be found here, many of which also serve food and there is a decent choice of restaurants serving good international cuisine. There are numerous snack bars and takeaways here too and the supermarkets are good places to stock up for a picnic. There are some cosmopolitan bars in the town and a couple of late-opening nightclubs.
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