10 of the prettiest villages in Cambridgeshire

I can’t believe the amount of beautiful villages we have here in Cambridgeshire that until lockdown hit, I had no idea existed. I may not have left England in over a year now, but I’ve explored more of my home county than I ever thought possible.

Whilst the stars of the show in Cambridgeshire are undoubtedly cities like Cambridge and Ely which are some of the most picturesque places in the country let alone locally, there are also some incredibly beautiful little villages full of thatched cottages, quaint village greens and Tudor timbered buildings. Taking the time to go a bit off the beaten path and explore these local villages has been incredibly rewarding, and I wanted to share my favourite of them so that you know where all the best spots are.

If you do choose to visit Cambridgeshire one day, then you may be interested in my other Cambridgeshire guides:

1. The Hemingfords

My favourite villages in Cambridgeshire, Hemingford Grey and Hemingford Abbotts are full of pretty little surprises. You can walk between the two in about 5 minutes along the river and through the meadows. There are a couple of holiday lets in these villages so well worth a stay if you’re looking for somewhere in Cambridgeshire. To add a bit of colour, I’m choosing my spring photos of these picturesque villages.

2. Houghton

Another of my favourite villages is Houghton; everywhere you turn is a picturesque street full of thatched cottages and English pubs. I’ve chosen to mix up the seasons in this post, and have included photos from the snowy winter months as I think that adds a little extra sprinkling of magic to these wonderful houses.

The beautiful houses of Houghton

3. Grantchester

Within walking distance of Cambridge city centre, Grantchester is another postcard perfect village. Famous for its meadows which meander along the River Cam it’s the perfect spot for scones and afternoon tea, whilst also admiring the village’s beautiful cottages. I’ve mixed up some autumn and spring shots here.

4. Bourn

Again close to Cambridge, Bourn is a quintessentially English village full of pretty houses and a picturesque village green. I particularly love the quirky little cottage on the high street which makes me almost crash every time I drive past it because I’m too busy staring at it! I was going for summer photos here, but couldn’t resist posting one frosty one as I like it so much.

5. Easton

Another picture perfect village, this time right on the western border of Cambridgeshire, is Easton. Easton is very small, and the roads are single file only. What I love about this village is the incredible little water ways with bridges over them. It’s also completely undiscovered so you can set up for a picnic and you probably won’t see anyone at all, other than maybe a local walking their dog. I think it’s best visited in the summer to see it in all its beauty.

6. Elton

This time pushing the northern border of the county, Elton sits just outside of Peterborough and is an impressive blend of mainly 15th and 17th century architecture. It’s also home to Elton Hall, and looks and feels a bit more like Lincolnshire full of stone houses rather than brick or beamed. I also love the local village shop with fruit outside.

7. Wilburton

Wilburton is one of the prettiest villages in the ‘Fens’ – the flat swampy plains of Cambridgeshire. I particularly love the way the village church sits at the centre of the village and the houses radiate outwards from it. It’s the kind of village that hasn’t changed in generations, and I love it because of that.

The thatched cottages and Tudor beams of Wilburton

8. Lode

Right in the east of Cambridgeshire lies Lode, another Fen based village. This village is special for its waterways, and the fact it’s home to Anglesey Abbey – a Jacobian House which now belongs to the National Trust. For this village I’ve chosen some murky winter shots to add some atmosphere.

Atomspheric scenes around Lode

9. Abbotts Ripton

Another beautiful village near Huntingdon is Abbotts Ripton, which has to be the thatched roof King of the county. Almost every house is picture perfect with its thatching, and it’s one of my favourite spots in the spring time with magnolia trees everywhere, and wisteria winding along walls.

Dream houses in Abbotts Ripton

10. Barrington

Heading south of Cambridge itself this time, Barrington is another post card perfect village, and this time the highlight is its incredible pub – perfect to enjoy outside in the summer whilst looking at the picturesque surroundings.

At the pub

Thank you so much for reading. What do you think of the villages of Cambridgeshire – which are your favourite and would you like to visit? If you do then I hope you enjoy my home county. Stay safe and happy travelling.


  1. Such pretty villages and thatched cottages Hannah. I’ve only visited Cambridge, Ely and Grantchester but your other suggested locations look equally inviting. Coincidentally, I’ve never been to Peterborough, just changed trains there and passed through hundreds of times on the East Coast main line!

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    1. Thanks so much πŸ™‚ Ah you’ve seen a lot of the county – both Cambridge and Ely are lovely. Peterborough isn’t quite in the same league. It’s not picture perfect, but some of the villages around it (such as Elton) are absolutely lovely for walks. Thanks for commenting and have a lovely day πŸ™‚

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  2. Wow – it’s too difficult to choose a favourite from all your beautiful pictures … but if I had to, I do like Houghton (and surprisingly, all of your photo’s were taken smack-bang in the middle of winter 😲) – maybe because the first house reminds me a little bit of the movie “The Holiday” (one of my favourites to watch over Christmas).
    Beautiful places though and loved all of your pictures!

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comments. Yes Houghton is stunning, especially in the snow. You’re so right, it does look like the ‘The Holiday’ cottage so maybe that adds to the festive feel πŸ™‚ Have a nice day and thank you for stopping by.

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  3. I’ve heard of Cambridge, but I had little knowledge of Cambridgeshire as a whole. Each village is undeniably cute, and I especially find the thatched cottages so charming! Cambridgeshire doesn’t look to be too far from London (where international travelers like myself would start at, that is), and I can imagine a weekend getaway to this part of the UK to village hop and take each one in. Thanks for sharing, Han!

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    1. Ah I’m so glad to show you a different part of England πŸ™‚ Yes we have an abundance of thatched cottages here so we’re really lucky. It’s about 1.5hours on the train to Cambridge so really not far from London at all and accessible without a car. You do need a car to get around the villages, but can always do it by Uber/taxi as well. It’s the perfect spot for a weekend getaway in the UK for sure. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting – have a lovely day πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m so glad you like them πŸ™‚ It’s been such a joy to discover them, and I’ve lived here for years! Ahh next time you visit you’ll have to get out of the capital and explore a bit more of our countryside πŸ™‚ Thank you for stopping by and have a good day.

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  4. Really picturesque villages and very good photos 😊! Imagine how β€žgemΓΌtlichβ€œ it can be there sitting in the sun in cafes or restaurants …. But I heard those places are opening up again in the UK. Hope you can have a wonderful coffee break soon β˜•οΈπŸͺ.

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    1. Ahhh, Ich danke dir sehr! Ja, es ist ein wirklich schΓΆner Ort in England. Unsere Coffeeshops sind wieder geΓΆffnet, also hoffentlich eine Tasse Tee im Sonnenschein an diesem Wochenende! πŸ™‚
      Ich wΓΌnsche dir einen schΓΆnen Tag aus England πŸ™‚

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    1. Hehe, I never really notice that as I live there so it’s just normal to me πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you like them! And we don’t make National Parks here like they do in Canada, I can’t wait to explore more of your beautiful country after lockdown.

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    1. Oh I’m so pleased to bring back some nice memories of home for you. Barrington is a good shout, and another beautiful village. We are lucky to have so many πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

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  5. I appreciate the quality of the maintenance, there is a great interest on the part of the inhabitants of these beautiful houses to show them in their best light.


  6. They are so beautiful. I wish I lived in this area and your photos have inspired me to book one of the cottages in Hemingford for a long weekend to explore Cambridge and its surrounds without being limited to the city. Thank you.


  7. Your pictures are absolutely stunning!! It is simply impossible to pick a favourite! I remember going to Cambridge for a very short week-end and it was stunning, but these villages are just so incredibly cute, they almost look unreal! Thank you so much for sharing, I can’t wait to explore this region again when it is possible! 😊


    1. I’m so sorry I didn’t reply to this comment earlier Juliette – thank you so much for your lovely comments. I hope you get to come back and visit us again one day and explore more of the surrounding villages πŸ™‚ Have a great rest of your day!

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    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ Yes, for sure – it’s best I go on walks alone now as I just annoy anyone I’m with stopping every 5 seconds to take a photo lol!!! Thanks so much for reading and commenting, have a nice evening.

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