Local Attractions

Places to go and Things to see

Head Fen Country Retreat sits close to the borders of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk making it a great location to use as a base for exploring the local attractions of East Anglia. We are only 10 minutes from Ely, 30 minutes from Cambridge and an hour from Norwich so there’s always plenty to explore.

the stained glass museum

The Stained Glass Museum

Ely Cathedral – Home to an inspirational collection of both modern and medieval pieces, spanning more than 800 years, with over 125 original pieces on display.


Holkham Estate

Norfolk – A landscape rich in diverse greenery, blossoming with beautiful gardens and thrumming wildlife, complete with an expansive beach, Holkham has a pioneering heart and a progressive vision, welcoming all.


Sandringham Estate

Loved by Her Majesty the Queen, Sandringham is home to a divinely beautiful butterfly installation, royal parkland, beautifully built houses and gardens full of all sorts of wildlife and when you need a rest, check out the cafes and restaurants.



Situated in King’s Lynn this award winning wildlife reserve offers a unique safari experience in Norfolk, dedicated to its endangered inhabitants. Animals are completely free to roam around as they please, and there are no harmful restrictive cages and pens, allowing them to be happier creatures.


Welney Wetland Centre

Why not get closer to nature and enjoy a full daysof discovery and adventure, exploring wildlife for an unforgettable experience? There is a 1000 acre nature reserve to discover including walking routes on Lady Fen, an area of wetland creation.

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Visit Cambridge

Don’t pass up the array of fun activities in Cambridge – the Fitzwilliam Museum, the famous colleges, punting on the river Cam, visiting Kettle’s Yard, one of the country’s finest galleries, or taking in a performance at the Cambridge Arts Theatre, a proudly independent theatrical charity

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Oliver Cromwell's House

Ely – There is something for everyone here, whether you wish to learn about the history of the name that still diverges opinions today, or take part in an escape room, or discover the Civil War Exhibition with its impressive interactive displays, there is truly something for everyone at this historic landmark in the beautiful city of Ely.

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Cambridge Botanic Garden

Cambridge University Botanic Garden is an active research facility and a living museum with a collection of over 8,000 plant and tree specimens.

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Woburn Abbey

Currently closed until 2024, this beautiful estate is home to an enticing safari park, and even golfing

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National Horseracing Museum

This 5 acre site in the heart of Newmarket comprises three complementary attractions; National Horseracing Museum in the Trainer’s House and King’s Yard Galleries, the Packard Galleries of British Sporting Art in Palace House, and a chance to meet former racehorses in the flagship home of Retraining of Racehorses. Not open Mondays.

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National Trust

Days out in East Anglia – offers a myriad of fun and unforgettable local days out such as Anglesey Abbey, a Jacobean style house with gardens and watermill in Cambridgeshire, the Wimpole Estate or Houghton Mill.

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Visit Norwich

Take a simple stroll through Norwich and you’ll find stunning architecture, hidden-away courtyard cafes and independent restaurants, and a stunning green oasis or two. Don’t miss a visit to Elm Hill, the most complete medieval street in the city.

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Ely Cathedral

Why not visit this beautiful historic building? There is the beauty of the medieval architecture dating back to 1342, as well as a gift shop selling religious items, gifts and accessories, not to mention the beautiful services held at least three times a day

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Discover King's Lynn

The Hanseatic town of King’s Lynn was one of England’s most important ports from as early as the 12th century and this maritime past is still very much in evidence today. Visitors can discover the story of King’s Lynn by visiting a host of heritage sites and attractions, best discovered with the help of the free guide Discover King’s Lynn or by joining a guided tour.
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Norfolk Lavendar

Heacham, Norfolk – Home to world famous lavender gardens and an oil distillery, Norfolk Lavender offers a range of fun activities, including lavender tours, animal gardens and play parks, a garden centre, the Lavender Lounge and a gift shop selling a wide variety of beautiful hand crafted goods.

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Engine Museum

Prickwillow – This registered educational charity tells the historic story of the drainage of the fens, with the museum showcasing some of the regions finest examples of restored diesel engines. Within reach of Ely, and housing a spacious café, it is a beautiful day out in rural Cambridgeshire

Raptor Foundation

The Raptor Foundation

Huntingdon – Situated in Huntingdon, a range of interesting falconry courses are offered here as well as the opportunity to learn about the conservation and rehabilitation of many birds of prey before they are released back into the wild.