Wimpole Hall, Gardens, Park & Farm
8 miles southwest of Cambridge off A603, junction 12 off M11.
Discover how this magnificent Cambridgeshire country estate, with its colourful history of owners, followed the latest design fashions over the past 300 years.
- The mansion's state and private rooms show how the last owner Mrs Elsie Bambridge lived at Wimpole trying to restore house and the estate to its former glory.
- Explore the Walled Kitchen Garden and Home Farm to see how food production has changed since the late eighteenth century.
- Stride out across the landscaped park and gardens to imagine the vision of the great landscape designers of their day planning the grand avenues, serpentine lakes and gothic folly. National Trust.
Tel: 01223 206000
Imperial War Museum Duxford
South of Cambridge at junction 10 of the M11.
A former RAF fighter station that saw action in the Battle of Britain, the Imperial War Museum Duxford is now Europe's Premier Aviation Museum.
- Biplanes, Spitfires, Concorde and Gulf War Jets are among nearly 200 historic aircrafts on show.
- Many of the aeroplanes still fly so you might even see one take to the air.
- Tanks and artillery are on display in dramatic battlefield scenes that you can walk through, while Duxford's remarkable American Air Museum presents aircraft suspended as if in flight.
- 7 acres of indoor exhibition space Duxford is the region's biggest family day out.
Tel: 01223 835000
10 miles south east of Cambridge on the B1052 just off A1307 (M11 junction 9 northbound or junction 10 southbound).
There's a wealth of rare and exotic creatures to see including Grevy's Zebra, Snow Leopards, Tigers, Lions, Tapir, Binturongs, Owls, Parrots, Giant Tortoises, Tarantula Spiders, Lemurs and many others.
- Set in sixteen acres of beautiful gardens with plenty of picnic areas, children's play area and other usual facilities.
- A full programme of keeper talks, animal feeds and various activities at the weekends and during the school holidays.
Tel: 01223 891308
Chilford Hall Vineyard & Winery
On B1052, between Linton and Balsham, easily accessible from M11/A11 and A1307.
- Discover how wines are made on a winery tour, explore the vineyards, or walk in the countryside.
- Enjoy a meal, a snack or a glass of wine from the Vineleaf Café.
- Visit the gift shop where you will find speciality foods, Chilford Hundred wines and a selection of unusual gifts.
- If you want you can even bring your dog!
Tel: 01223 895625
American Military Cemetery, Madingley
3.4 miles west of Cambridge off A1303.
Cambridge American Cemetery is set in 30.5 acres commemorating service men and women who lost their lives in World War II serving as crew members of British based American aircraft.
The tablet of the missing records 5,126 missing in action lost or buried at sea
The graves area contains 3,812 headstones.
Tel: 01954 210350
The Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey
6 miles north of Cambridge on the A10 towards Ely.
- Explore the rural life of Cambridgeshire at the Farmland Museum, with displays and interactives for all ages.
- Learn about 1940's home life in the farm worker's cottage.
- Visit the village shop, the Fenman's hut and see the workshops of the wheelwright and the blacksmith.
- Discover the story of the Benedictine monks, Knights Templars and Franciscan nuns who lived in Denny Abbey.
- Explore the Norman interiors of the 12th century church and visit the 14th century refectory.
Tel: 01223 860988
Shepreth Wildlife Park
12.6 miles south of Cambridge just off A10 between Cambridge and Royston.
Shepreth Wildlife Park began as a refuge for injured and orphaned British birds and mammals. Now it houses a famous collection of wild and domestic animals including wolves, monkeys, reptiles, birds and many more, set in natural grounds with large lakes.
- Children's play area and cafeteria.
- Water World and Bug City where you'll see insects and fish from around the world, including an amazing leaf cutter ant display where ants cut leaves and carry them along rope walkways back to the colony. Enter if you dare!
Tel: 01763 262226
The Orchard Tea Gardens, Grantchester
- 2 miles south of Cambridge.
- Tearooms and gardens. Grantchester village is an idyllic setting beside the river Cam. Home to the former poet Rupert Brooke.
- Open all year round.
Tel: 01223 845788
Control Tower Museum, Bassingbourn
Operated by volunteers of the East Anglian Aviation Society, the museum is housed in the original airfield control tower on what was to become one of the most famous bomber bases of the Second World War.
- The Museum has a unique collection of artefacts and aims to reflect the distinguished history made here.
Open by prior appointment only, Tel: 01359 221151. Visits can easily be arranged by email TowerMuseum@aol.com
The Rupert Brooke Museum, Grantchester
2.5 miles south west of Cambridge
The historic Rupert Brooke Museum is privately owned and situated in the grounds of Orchard House near the Tea Garden and Pavilion. The museum depicts the life history of Rupert Brooke in words and photographs, who lived at the Orchard House whilst a student at Cambridge University.
Tel: 01223 845788