Wimpole Hall Estate

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WIMPOLE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

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Wimpole Hall is one of the grandest mansions in East Anglia, and has 360 acres of parkland devised and planted by no less than four celebrated landscape designers, Charles Bridgeman, Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, Sanderson Miller and Humphry Repton. The house dates back to 1640, but was altered into a large 18th-century mansion with a Georgian façade. The chapel has a trompe l'oeil ceiling.

Wimpole Hall Estate
WIMPOLE, Arrington, Royston, SG8 0BW

Features

Children
  • Suitable for children of all ages
Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Facilities: Braille & large print guide, buggies, wheelchair
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Hall, Farm, Gardens, Park, Shops & Restaurant open 10 Feb-28 Oct, daily; 29 Oct-Feb Fri-Mon free flow plus Tue-Thu for tours only. Check website for full details

About the area

Discover Cambridgeshire

To the west of East Anglia is Cambridgeshire, a county best known as the home to the university that makes up the second half of ‘Oxbridge’ (the other half is Oxford). As well as its globally renowned educational credentials, it also has a rich natural history; much of its area is made up of reclaimed or untouched fens. These are low-lying areas which are marshy and prone to flooding. The lowest point in the UK is at Holme Fen, which is some 9 feet (2.75 metres) below sea level. Some of the fens had been drained before, but it was in the 19th and 20th centuries that wide-spread, successful drainage took place, expanding the amount of arable and inhabitable land available.

Ely Cathedral was built on an island among the swampy fens, but now sits among acres of productive farmland, albeit farmland criss-crossed by miles of flood-preventing watercourses. Oliver Cromwell was born in Ely, and his family home can still be visited. Cambridge itself is a beautiful and historic city, with any number of impressive old buildings, churches and colleges, and plenty of chances to mess about on the River Cam which gave the city its name.

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