Historic Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire is most famously the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell who was born here in 1599. Cromwell’s old grammar school sits in the heart of the town centre and is today the Cromwell Museum. Huntingdon also has a history as an old coaching inn centre near Cambridge and features some beautiful Georgian architecture and old coaching inns. Stylish Huntingdon hotels and B&Bs make great business and leisure accommodation bases near Cambridge.
Based around the striking 15th Century All Saints Church with magnificent carvings, the town centre with large market square is a pleasant pedestrianised mix of independent shops, regular markets and high street names. Ample choice of heritage inns and restaurants are in the town centre alongside fast direct rail links from Huntingdon station to London King’s Cross.
A major business centre in Cambridgeshire, you’ll find a good selection of Huntingdon hotels with conference and wedding facilities within easy reach of the A1 and M11 motorways. Stay in heritage coaching inn hotels around the town centre or book a farm B&B in surrounding countryside. If you’re looking for relaxation and outdoor activities around Huntingdon then head to Hartford Marina along the River Great Ouse where you’ll find plenty of floating restaurants and opportunities for boat trips and boat hire. Find places to stay in Huntingdon and book now.
The Cromwell Museum
Oliver Cromwell was born in Huntingdon in 1599 and Cromwell’s old grammar school in the town centre is now the Cromwell Museum open to the public. The school building was originally a monastic hospital built around 800 years ago, however the Victorians thoroughly restored it in 1877.
Cromwell spent at least half of his life here in his birthplace home, attending the old grammar school in around 1610, as well as living for a period in nearby St Ives and Ely. The free entry Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon is the definitive museum on the only commoner to ever rule Britain. Cromwell became Lord Protector in 1653.
Two portraits of Cromwell, one by Robert Walker and a copy of the famous portrait by Lely, are on display in the museum alongside Coinage marked with Cromwell’s image and unique personal objects including Cromwell’s hat which he is thought to have worn at the dissolution of the Long Parliament in 1653. Fascinating commemorative Cromwell pieces by Wedgwood and Staffordshire pottery are also on display.
Heritage buildings in Huntingdon with links to Cromwell include the Perpendicular style All Saints Church flanking Market Square which dates from the 15th century. The font inside is thought to have come from St John’s church and to be the font in which Oliver Cromwell was baptised.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.