Everything You Need To Know About Huntingdon

Everything you need to know about Huntingdon, from things to do to average house prices in the town.

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About Huntingdon

The historic market town of Huntingdon is located on the north bank of the River Great Ouse. It offers a wealth of amenities to its residents and visitors. The town centre itself offers varied shopping from both national and independent retailers. There are also two retail parks on the town’s perimeter. Leisure facilities include a cinema with a variety of national food outlets, sports and swimming centre. There are also various sports clubs as well as excellent riverside walks and the country park at Hinchingbrooke. Huntingdon is at the crossroads of the north-south/east-west road links with excellent access to the A1 and A14. Both providing direct routes into both Cambridge and Peterborough. Furthermore, the guided busway route into Cambridge can be accessed via bus routes from the town or via the park and ride site in nearby St Ives. Huntingdon Station also offers fast train links into London Kings Cross as well as Peterborough, a train hub to major cities across the UK. With its pedestrianised shopping centre, Huntingdon offers visitors a choice of national, independent and boutique shops. The town is undergoing a major facelift with the ongoing redevelopment in several areas. The historic High Street, St Benedicts Court and Chequers Court now offer a good mix of shops for all tastes. Gift shops, craft shops, bookshops, antique shops, clothes and home-style shops all allow a happy time to be whiled away.

Huntingdon Markets

Traditional markets are held every Saturday and Wednesday in the Market Square. The popular Farmers’ Markets are held every other Friday and on the last Saturday of a five-week month. There is also a popular Crafts & Collectables Market every Friday in the town’s Commemoration Hall.

Visiting markets include French and Italian Markets and exquisite craft markets. All year round there are periods of entertainment to keep the young at heart happy. Especially with the popular Christmas Lights event lighting up the town each November for the festive period.

There are plenty of places to enjoy a drink, a bite to eat or a more formal dining experience. As well as pavement cafes for those hazy summer days.

Huntingdon Racecourse

Huntingdon Racecourse is a stone’s throw from the town. Hosting 18 race days in a year, Huntingdon Racecourse is often considered one of the best small courses in the country.

Racing highlights include the prestigious Peterborough Chase. Running a fortnight before Christmas, a contest with history and heritage. It’s attracted some of the greats like Desert Orchid, One Man, Edredon Bleu and Best Mate over the years.

The Peterborough Chase is the Racecourse’s most established and prestigious racing event of the year. Since the race was first staged in 1969 the racecourse has seen some of the most famous names in jump racing win the Grade 2 Listed race. This includes Desert Orchid, Remittance Man, Dublin Flyer, One Man, Best Mate, Edredon Bleu and Monet’s Garden.

Huntingdon Walks

Portholme, between Godmanchester and Huntingdon, is the largest lowland meadow in England. Perfect for peaceful walks and escaping the rat-race.

Houghton Mill, a National Trust property, is a water mill located on the Great Ouse. At the height of the Victorian era Houghton Mill was one of the most successful flour mills in the region. Flour was produced on an industrial scale and exported far and wide. Visitors are able to explore the history of the building. You can also follow the milling process as you journey through three floors of traditional machinery and hands-on exhibits.

Starting from Houghton Mill, cross the water meadows to uncover the past glories of a market town. Take in the delightful Ouse valley landscape on a five mile walk to discover the history of the charming St Ives. Then return through the unspoiled villages of the Hemingfords. Visit the Parish Church, Holt Island Nature Reserve, Norris Museum, Victoria’s Memorial, and Hemingford Grey Church.

Grafham Water Centre is a few short miles from Huntingdon. It’s England’s third largest reservoir and is nestled in 1500 acres of beautiful countryside. Grafham Water is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and has been for over 30 years. The western end features a 280 acre nature reserve and is home to ancient woodlands, reed beds and important populations of several bird and amphibian species. Known as a wonderful trout and predator fishing destination and, with a nine mile track, its a great place to ride your bike or take a gentle stroll.

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