Enchanting capital of the Fens, Wisbech along the River Nene is perfectly placed for exploring both the Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire Fens, and sits just a stone’s throw from the Wash and North Norfolk Coast. A stunning Georgian centre with beautiful heritage architecture, Wisbech is home to the main Fenland museum and is famous for its fine inns lining a riverside area known as The Brinks.
The pretty town centre high street offers a delightful choice of independent shops, cafes and restaurants. There are historic breweries here too in this riverside centre in the Cambridgeshire Fens including the Georgian Elgoods Brewery. The town is also interestingly the birthplace of one of the founders of the National Trust, Octavia Hill – her birthplace home is open to the public for tours in Wisbech.
Wisbech accommodation choice is a wonderful mix of central B&Bs, conference and wedding hotels, pretty rural cottages and caravan parks located in the surrounding Fenland. You’ll find character converted chapel guesthouses and an excellent choice of caravan and camping parks in the Wisbech and March area of the Fens, all perfect for visiting nearby attractions like the Welney Wetland Centre situated in the northernmost part of the Ouse Washes where thousands of migratory wild birds and wildfowl visit annually from the Arctic. A state of the art visitor centre is on-site at Welney alongside a choice of trails and bird hides.
Pick up narrowboat trips or hire boats in nearby March and visit the Quaker bankers’ home of Peckover House and Garden, a beautiful Georgian gem in Wisbech. Don’t miss a visit to the Wisbech & Fenland Museum in the heart of the town which explores Wisbech’s early Georgian port roots and reveals fascinating facts like Wisbech’s role in abolitionism and famous abolitionist figures like Thomas Clarkson. The Fenland landscape is also given due attention, offering an essential introduction before heading out to explore. Browse places to stay in Wisbech and book online.
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.