Things To See & Do

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

Quiet electric riverboat trips up the river Gt Ouse in Cambridgeshire.
Weekends, Bank Holidays & School Holidays.

1 hour trips from The Quay St Ives – its more like a voyage into relaxation

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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.

Through the Looking Glass

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.

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Cambridge

Cambridge is a city on the River Cam in eastern England, home to the prestigious University of Cambridge, dating to 1209. University colleges include King’s, famed for its choir and towering Gothic chapel, as well as Trinity, founded by Henry VIII, and St John’s, with its 16th-century Great Gate. University museums have exhibits on archaeology and anthropology, polar exploration, the history of science and zoology.

Oundle

Famous for its Georgian-looking streets and characterful limestone buildings, Oundle is a historic market town with much to discover. The town itself offers many independent shops to explore and coffee houses, pubs and eateries to rest your feet. It’s surrounded by the river Nene where you can stroll the banks or enjoy leisure activities such as canoeing and sailing, or you could explore the many picturesque villages and historical sites nearby, including Fotheringhay Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was executed in 1587.

This attractive market town is also home to our sister property, The Talbot Hotel, Eatery & Coffee House. Steeped in historic charm, The Talbot includes original brickwork from Fotheringhay Castle and the Mary Queen of Scots staircase!

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