Hours can be spent exploring Cambridge, from the streets to the river to the numerous stretches of green, but the surrounding area also has a great deal to offer. Cambridgeshire itself is a relatively small county, sharing borders with Bedfordshire, Essex, Lincolnshire, Hertfordshire and Norfolk, among others. Here are six of the best options.
Long before Romans and Tudors, the Anglo Saxons ruled Britain, and Sutton Hoo is one of the best preserved examples of their culture. It features several burial mounds, including a ship burial, which can be visited alongside a visitors centre where many of the artefacts are now kept. Sutton Hoo is in Woolbridge, around 90 minutes east of Cambridge by car.
While the city of Royston itself might not be a particularly vibrant destination, it plays host to a genuine historical mystery. Royston Cave is a large man-made bell chamber, hundreds of years old. Its original purpose remains unknown, although it is thought to have been used by the Knights Templar. Royston Cave is open daily to visitors and the city itself can be reached by car or train in under 30 minutes.