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Golden Lion Hotel and Restaurant, Market Hill, St Ives Cambridgeshire PE27 5AL – 01480 492100

Out & About in St Ives

A traveller’s guide to Huntingdonshire

St Ives is a market town and civil parish in Cambridgeshire, England. St Ives lies approximately 5 miles (8 km) east of Huntingdon and 12 miles (19 km) north-west of the city of Cambridge. St Ives is situated within Huntingdonshire which is a non-metropolitan district of Cambridgeshire as well as being a historic county of England. Its original character is retained with regular markets held every Monday and Friday, large Bank Holiday markets and an award winning Farmers’ Market held on the first and third Saturday of each month. You will find lots to do. A focal point is the splendid 15th Century Bridge and chapel over the river, one of only three such surviving in England. There are plenty places to see around and some are featured below.

St Ives Electric Boat Tours

St Ives Electric Boat Tours


From The Quay, St Ives on the Electric powered boats, ‘Whisper’ or ‘Meander’ (both 12 seaters)

£7.00 Adults
£3.50 School Children
£5 .50 Over 65′s

CHARTERED BOAT TRIPS On ‘OUSE CRUISE’ - A Low Emissions Motor Driven Luxury 
Catamaran - Lounge Cruiser, charter for that special luxury trip:

£75 per hour (12 seats )

For more info visit their website:

Hamerton Zoo Park

Hamerton Zoo Park


Hamerton Zoo Park is open all year around (excluding Christmas day & Boxing day), and tickets can be bought on arrival at the Park Entrance gate, or alternatively you can buy your tickets by post from their online shop if you would like your tickets before you visit, or to use as a gift.

Children (3-12 years inclusive)£7.99
Children under 3FREE
Registered disabled Adult/Carer*£11.99

Sorry no dogs allowed in the park.

*Prices are for individual disabled adult or carer and proof must be shown.

The Norris Museum

The Norris Museum



THE OLDEST OBJECTS IN THE MUSEUM are the remains of animals that lived here 160 million years ago, in the age of the dinosaurs. Huntingdonshire was under the sea in those days and you can see the fossil bones of the great marine reptiles - Ichthyosaurs and Plesiosaurs - that lived here.

MORE RECENT INHABITANTS OF THE AREA were the Woolly Mammoths that were here in the Ice Ages - you can see bones, teeth and a tusk which have been found locally.

PEOPLE HAVE LIVED IN HUNTINGDONSHIRE for a quarter of a million years. On display at the Norris are the flint tools of the first Stone Age settlers, and weapons and pottery from the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. There are finds from local Roman cemeteries and a reconstruction of the Roman town of Godmanchester.

To read more see their wesbite:

Through The Looking Glass

Through The Looking Glass


If you're looking for something beautiful, old or new, look no further! Through the Looking Glass have an ever-changing selection of vintage and antique items, plus unique, handmade treasures from local craftspeople. They guarantee quality and quirkiness!

Find them at 1 Bull Lane, The Old Riverport, St Ives PE27 5AX

Cambs Boat Hire

Cambs Boat Hire


Day Boat hire on the River Great Ouse in one of our easy to drive day launches. These craft will seat from one to eight people and are available by the hour, half day or full day.

Find them at Overcote Lane, Needingworth, St Ives PE27 4TW

The Cromwell Museum

The Cromwell Museum

Oliver Cromwell is one of the most significant and controversial individuals in history. He was head of state of the first and only British republic, and remains to this day the only commoner ever to have been offered the Crown. He was born in Huntingdon in 1599, lived in the town for over half his life, and became its MP in 1628.

The Cromwell museum in Huntingdon commemorates his life and the impact he had. The Museum is located in the very building in which Oliver Cromwell was himself educated as a schoolboy, and where he first received exposure to Puritan ideas through the teaching of Dr Thomas Beard. The items on display include portraits, clothing, miniatures, arms and armour, historical documents written by or about Oliver Cromwell, Cromwell's hat and one of his death masks.

Find out more on their website:

Houghton Mill

Houghton Mill

Follow this amazing survival story of a mill that was almost demolished, then saved by the local villagers and restored to working order to carry on the tradition of milling on this site for over 1,000 years.

Set in an idyllic village location on an island on the Great Ouse River, Houghton Mill has inspired artists and photographers for generations. Come and experience the sound and atmosphere of a traditional working mill, have a go at making flour or lose yourself in the tranquillity of the riverside setting.

Find out more on the national trust website:

St Neots Museum

St Neots Museum


St Neots Museum are a lively local museum telling the story of our busy market town on the River Ouse, from prehistoric times to the present day.

Their displays tell the story of the town with a fascinating selection of photographs, objects and hands-on activities.

The museum is housed in the towns Victorian Police Station and Magistrates Court. They have a regular programme of temporary exhibitions, family activities and special events. The museum has a part-time Curator and a part-time Learning and Access Officer, but is mainly run by volunteers and the Friends of the Museum.

Elton Hall

Elton Hall

Elton Hall stands in the midst of unspoilt landscaped parkland, on a site where there has been a house since the Norman Conquest. Sir Peter Proby, Lord Mayor of London and Comptroller of the Royal Household, was granted land and property at Elton by Queen Elizabeth I. His grandson, Sir Thomas Proby, completed the main house in 1666, incorporating the medieval chapel and gatehouse. In the eighteenth century John Proby was created the first Earl of Carysfort in recognition of his services as a politician and diplomat. He and his successors enlarged the house and gave it the eighteenth century character that it has today.

Opening Times

Hall and Gardens: 2pm - 5pm


May Bank Holiday:

Sunday and Monday, 24th and 25th May

June and July

Wednesdays & Thursdays


Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays. August Bank Holiday, Monday 31st

Prices (cash or cheque only)

Hall & Gardens                    

Adult: £9.00 Senior Citizen: £8.00                

Gardens only                      

Adult: £6.50 Senior Citizen: £6.00                             

Children under 16 are free when accompanied by an adult

(Please note, Hall only is the same price as Hall and Gardens)


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