Camping in Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire is famous for its low-lying land that is largely used for farming. The marshy Fenland was drained in Roman times, making it a fertile place to grow crops and raise cattle and poultry. Vast fields stretch to the horizon, crossed by slow-flowing rivers on which you’ll see narrow boats floating.

The county’s main city, Cambridge, has been a historic centre for learning for centuries. The university was founded in the 13th century and remains one of the most prestigious in the world. Visiting the city, you can’t help but notice the splendid college buildings, which tower over the streets below. Kings College Chapel is a particularly beautiful example of the English Gothic style, with its 16th century stained glass windows and detailed carvings.

Ferry Meadows

Located just outside of Peterborough, Ferry Meadows is a family-friendly site with a large playground for children and access to many local attractions.  Dogs are accepted.

Ideal for:
• Cycling
• Family stays
• Golf

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Cambridge Cherry Hinton

Set just outside of Cambridge, this pretty, landscaped site is ideal for a more peaceful stay and has great access to the city and its attractions.

 Ideal for:
• Cycling
• Peaceful stays
• City breaks

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Reasons to visit Cambridgeshire

Whether you enjoy gentle cycling or the bustle of the city, Cambridgeshire has something to suit you. Whatever the weather, you’ll find plenty to entertain adults and children alike.

Parks and museums

The camping sites in Cambridgeshire give you access to a range of outdoor and indoor attractions. Sunny summer days can be spent at water and wildlife parks such as Southlake Aqua Park near Huntingdon and Shepreth Wildlife Park near Cambridge. Located on a peaceful lake, the Aqua Park has a series of bouncy floats that children of all ages can enjoy climbing over. Sherpreth, meanwhile, has a range of animals to meet, including tigers, lemurs and red pandas.

Rainy days can be spent in the indoor adventure play centres around Peterborough, or in the museums of Cambridge. Especially good for kids is the Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences in the city centre, which has fossils that can be handles, puzzles to build and dinosaurs to hunt down. If you’re interested in history, don’t miss the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, which is home to some of the most famous aircraft from the Second World War, including the Spitfire, Lancaster and Vulcan.

Gentle cycling

Cambridge is England’s unofficial capital of cycling, so it’s no surprise that camping in Cambridgeshire offers some great paths and trails to explore from the saddle. A pedal along the River Cam from Cambridge to Waterbeach is a pleasant way to spend the afternoon, and – best of all – there’s a relaxed pub at the end, the Chef and Brewer, which serves lovely food.

If you prefer a countryside route, the National Cycle Network Route 11 runs through the pretty Wicken Fen Nature Reserve near Ely, and gives you lots of opportunities to spot local wildlife. It’s one of the region’s only remaining un-drained fens and home to bitterns, cuckoos, dragonflies and harriers.

Staying at Ferry Meadows gives you easy access to the seven-mile Nene Park route, which crosses through Ferry Meadows Country Park. You’ll ride through meadows and woodland and pass glassy lakes where you can stop to feed the ducks (just remember bread is bad for them!). The route is completely off-road, making it perfect for families and beginners.

Spectacular cities

Cambridgeshire boasts three cities that are within reach of our camping sites. Cambridge is wonderful to walk around, with plenty of impressive buildings to admire and lush riverside parks to enjoy. It’s also worth going on a punting trip, which is a relaxing way to explore. You can have a go at pushing the boat along using the long pole yourself, or simply sit back and let a chauffeur do the hard work while you take in the sights.

Ely is a sleepy city overlooked by its grand cathedral. Its cobbled streets are lined with independent boutiques, shops and tearooms, and it’s a lovely place for a peaceful stroll. The cathedral is one of the Seven Medieval Wonders of the World and is surrounded by beautiful parkland that’s ideal for picnicking. Kids can try brass rubbing and follow the activity trail, which might land them a prize if they crack the code.

Peterborough is an excellent destination for families, with plenty to entertain everyone. Whether you enjoy swimming, bowling, Escape Rooms or model railways, there’s something here to excite you. Railworld Wildlife Haven combines steam and model trains with a natural habitat, giving kids the chance to encounter both working locomotives and local plants and animals. A sunny day can be spent at Peterborough Lido with its three outdoor swimming pools, large lawn and play facilities.

Why choose Experience Freedom?

For access to some of the best campsites in Cambridgeshire, use our Experience Freedom programme. With both family-oriented and peaceful locations within reach of many of the region’s best attractions, our sites are great for relaxing summer escapes, city breaks and active holidays. Choose a campsite to view more details about facilities, nearby attractions and accommodation. You can also use our Search and Book tool to book online.