Quy Mill Hotel is ideally located within 11 acres of peaceful countryside, but as well as offering plenty of walks in our grounds, we also have Anglesey Abbey located very close by, a Jacobean-style house with gardens and a working watermill. Anglesey Abbey is set in 46 hectares offering vibrant colour, delicious scents and the simple pleasures of nature. As well the outside, the inside has fine furnishings, books, paintings, silver and rare clocks giving a feeling of opulence and something for everyone to appreciate.
The hotel is also conveniently placed to visit both historic Cambridge, and the infamous home of Horse-Racing, Newmarket, take a look at the links below for some suggestions on what to do during your stay.
Quy Mill Hotel & Spa, Cambridge is the ideal base to explore the East of England, with its wealth of attractions. Close by is the historic City of Cambridge, famous for its University and the ‘Backs’, the grass-covered banks that line the River Cam offering views of the riverside college buildings including The Bridge of Sighs, King’s College Chapel and the Mathematical Bridge.
Don’t miss Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, Ely Cathedral and Newmarket, and the flat and fertile land of the Fens with its breathtaking ‘big skies’!
We have compiled a list of the best things to see and do while you are visiting the Cambridge area.
This is quintessentially Cambridge. Of course punting is also done in Oxford, but from the wrong end of the boat! This is a great way to see The Backs of seven of the colleges and their bridges. You can punt yourself or hire a chauffeur.
2. Visit King’s College Chapel
This is open most days with access from the north door. The entry fee is currently £6.50 for adults, however a top tip is to go to Evensong at 5pm Monday to Saturday 10:30am and 3.30pm on Sunday, which is a sung service by the choristers and is free of charge. (Closed August and September.) Find Out More.
3. Visit Trinity Great Court
Famous for the Great Court Run at Trinity College in under 43 seconds on the strike of noon on the day of the Matriculation Dinner as performed by Harold Abraham in the film Chariots of Fire (actually filmed at Eton College). Our recommendation is that you do this as part of a walking or bike tour. Our favourite walking tour operator is www.oxbridgetours.com as they use current students as guides.
4. Have a pint of real ale in The Eagle pub
Located on Bene’t Street in the heart of Cambridge, you can enjoy a drink and also read the comments on the ceiling in the back room left by World War Two pilots.
5. Cambridge Botanic Garden
Opened to the public in 1846, the Cambridge University Botanic Garden develops and displays over 8,000 different plant species in 40 acres of beautiful landscapes.
6. Oliver Cromwell’s House, Ely
This is the only remaining house used by Cromwell with the exception of Hampton Court Palace in London. Cromwell lived with his family in Ely for just over ten years and the house provides an evocative insight into 17th century life. Audio tours bring the story of this fascinating building to life.
7. Ely Cathedral
A magnificent building with its unique Octagon Tower which dominates the landscape for miles around. The Cathedral had its origins in the 11th century and the City of Ely developed around this awesome structure. You can wander around the magnificent building at your own pace or enjoy a more informative experience by taking a guided tour. Tours also include optional visits to the Octagon and the West Towers where the spectacular views make it well worth the climb!
8. Winnie the Pooh
Read AA Milne’s manuscript of ‘Winnie the Pooh’ in The Wren Library at Trinity College. Entry is free of charge. 12 noon to 2.00pm during the week.
Newmarket is truly special. It is a town with a rich, royal history where the thoroughbred racehorse is king. It is the town where horse racing, the “sport of kings”, was born some three and a half centuries ago and from where it was exported around the world.
King Charles II returned to Newmarket 25 years after his last visit following Restoration to the Throne and spearheaded the development of the town, Racecourses and industry into what is affectionately known as the global headquarters of racing today; the Home of Horseracing. Still run today, the Town Plate, a race which by law, passed by King Charles II, must be run “for ever”, is still staged on the same three-and-three-quarter mile course on which it was inaugurated on in 2016 (according to official records) three and a half centuries ago and is the one and only time each year that the ‘Round Course’ is used each year.
Alongside the exhilarating excitement of world class Flat racing, they also host pulsating music nights, great value family days, award-winning restaurants and exceptional conference & events facilities.
Discover Newmarket is the central point for Tourist Information in Newmarket and is the town’s official Tour Guide. They offer visitors a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at racing’s headquarters to see the equine stars at work and learn about the fascinating history, heritage and culture of the town. Their expert guides deliver tours for groups and individuals which can be organised for as little or as long as you want.
They also run popular tours on set dates throughout the year which anyone can book onto.
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