Huntingdon is well placed for a wide choice of things to do. As well as the shops, cafes and restaurants, there are a number of places to visit for all the family.
The Museum opened in 1962 in the old grammar school where Cromwell and Samuel Pepys were once pupils.
After leaving school Cromwell studied briefly at Cambridge before marrying and settling in Huntingdon. At his death on 3 September 1658 he was the head of state, and for some a ‘king in all but name’. He is an intensely controversial and fascinating figure of British history.
The Museum sets out neither to celebrate nor denigrate his achievements but to interpret, where possible, the significance of ‘God’s Englishman’.
This Tudor country house was built around an early 13th century nunnery. It was given by Henry VIII to Richard Cromwell in 1538 at the time of the Dissolution. Queen Elizabeth I came here and King James I was a regular visitor. The next owners, the Montagu family, soon to become the Earls of Sandwich, also played an important part in British history and the House remained their ancestral home until the 1960s, when it became a school housing the 6th form. Hinchingbrooke School was formerly Huntingdon Grammar School which, on the site of what is now the Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon, was attended by Oliver Cromwell and Samuel Pepys.
The House provides impressive facilities for weddings, balls, dinner dances and conferences and is open to the public during the summer months.
Open grasslands, meadows, woodlands and lakes cover 170 acres with a wealth of wildlife everywhere. Perfect for walking the dog, exploring with children, enjoying tea and homemade cakes in the cafe or picnicking with friends or family.
Set within the grounds of Hinchingbrooke House, this is a purpose built Performing Arts Centre and an exciting venue for exhibitions, concerts and theatrical productions.
Directly accessible from all major routes, with good car parking facilities, the centre is an exciting venue for a whole range of events; shows, plays, choral, orchestral, musicals and dance.
Voted Best Small Racecourse in the South Midlands and East Anglia by the Racegoers Club for 2012, Huntingdon Racecourse has a unique charm with extensive hospitality, advertising and sponsorship opportunities.
Race events take place throughout the year.
Here are some quick links to other fascinating Places of Interest around the area.