The birthplace of Oliver Cromwell, Huntingdon is a market town with 800 years of history behind it for you to explore. Situated perfectly between Cambridge and Peterborough, a day out in Huntingdon is easy with our trains.
Huntingdon is one of Cambridgeshire’s numerous historic market towns boasting interesting landmarks, engaging heritage and an awful lot of character. Probably best known as the birthplace of one of British history’s most divisive figures, Oliver Cromwell, the town offers an attractive mix of new and old to visitors.
Whether it’s a romantic weekend away or a family fun packed trip, getting to Huntingdon is easy with Great Northern. Once we’ve got you there, you can enjoy attractions spanning from historic town trail walks through to an afternoon by the riverside.
Getting to Huntingdon
Choose one of our trains to get you to Huntingdon. We’ll get you there quickly and comfortably so you don’t need to worry about a long drive or what the traffic will be like. Heading over from London with us will take you around an hour and a quarter, while coming from Peterborough takes just 15 minutes, making Huntingdon days out easily accessible.
With a number of things to do in Huntingdon, save your money for the fun stuff with a cheap train fare. We’ve got plenty of ways to save money on your ticket, from Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak to GroupSave on joint bookings of 3-9 adults. For family travellers, make sure to see if your kids can travel for just £2 on one of our Off-Peak services. Railcard holders, meanwhile, will enjoy up to 1/3 off every journey they take with us.
Things to do in Huntingdon
So, once we’ve got you there, what should you do? Huntingdon days out are typically spent sampling the local history, taking a stroll by the river or shopping among the mix of traditional markets and major retailers the town has to offer. The town boasts a few famous residents. John Montagu – the 4th Earl of (and inventor of the) Sandwich, Oliver Cromwell and, most recently, former Prime Minister John Major. Where Cromwell is concerned, Huntingdon has the only museum in the country dedicated to the former Lord Protector of the Commonwealth. The Cromwell Museum features portraits and artefacts that document his life as well as occasional live events.
The historic town trail is highly recommended for visitors. A self-guided tour, you’ll get to know the history of the town and see a collection of interesting buildings, including the Norman stonework of the All Saints Church - you can find the trail on the Huntingdon First website. If you don’t fancy a full tour of the town, a visit to Houghton Mill is worth your time – a National Trust-protected historic mill in a setting that looks like it’s been taken straight off the front of a postcard.
If you fancy a natural adventure, Hinchingbrooke Country Park is just a short walk from the train station and offers acres of space devoted to lakes, meadows and woodland. Other nice strolls to take are over at Riverside Park and Grafham Water a few miles out of the town. Of course, if you fancy a bit of retail therapy, Huntingdon has both a modern shopping centre and a variety of more traditional markets.
Getting to Huntingdon with our trains makes life that bit easier. Once you’re there, it’s up to you how you want to enjoy this storied market town. If you want to find out more on things to do in Huntingdon, take a look at the Huntingdon First website.