Cambridgeshire is an interesting county of two distinct halves. The south of Cambridgeshire where it borders Hertfordshire and Essex is full of pretty villages with classic period architecture. The north of the county which adjacent to both Norfolk and Lincolnshire is a much flatter landscape known as The Fens which is quite sparsely populated. It is an unusual and historic area criss-crossed with rivers and waterways.
If you don’t want a country wedding then the jewel in the Cambridgeshire crown must be the city of Cambridge itself. Full of the most stunning architecture surrounding the famous colleges many of which stretch down through verdant lawns to the River Cam, there are countless opportunities for a grand, stylish wedding or a select niche occasion with plenty of different venues for the ceremony and reception.
You might think the flatlands of the Fens wouldn’t offer much for a prospective bride and groom but don’t overlook Ely. The city of Ely which is situated sixteen miles north east of Cambridge, has a magnificent cathedral known as the Ship of the Fens, part of the reference to the Isle of Ely because this area was once covered in water. Drained by Dutch engineers in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Cathedral rises up and dominates the surrounding countryside. The current building dates back to 1083 and is surrounding by stunning architecture from the later centuries with plenty of opportunities for a stylish town wedding in a reasonably small scale and accessible setting. Ely has a pretty river at the bottom of the hill from the Cathedral with boats moored and a community of swans and is a popular tourist destination so there is plenty of varied accommodation around the city and further afield.
Cambridgeshire is located on the mainline from both London Liverpool Street and King’s Cross with the latter continuing north of Cambridge through Ely and towards Norfolk. The country is bisected by the M11 motorway and it is under an hour’s journey to both Luton and Stansted airports.
For a pretty market town destination, Huntingdon offers some lovely wedding venues. This picturesque market town is just off the A14 and close to the A1 so is easily accessible from all directions. Stray a little further west and you will arrive in Peterborough, on the mainline trainline from London and also adjacent to the A1. Peterborough is a cathedral city with all the traditional splendour which that offers but is also a vibrant, modern urban community with plenty of options for ceremonies and receptions ranging from modern hotels to country clubs, manor houses, stately homes and riverside settings. There is also a wealth of pretty villages which surround the city.
Cambridgeshire as a county must offer possibly some of the most diverse and original wedding venues in the home counties, certainly the Cambridge colleges and the cathedral city of Ely are pretty unique in the south east of England. Travel links are excellent and Cambridgeshire is very accessible from London and also from the north of the UK.