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combine cambridge with ely/bury st edmunds or not ?

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combine cambridge with ely/bury st edmunds or not ?

Hello

We are a family of 5 (2 adults, and 3 kids of 17, 14 and 11) and we will be visiting England in a couple of weeks time. We will be staying in Harlow between London and Cambridge. Obviously we will be visting London a couple of days, but we would like to spend 1 day in Cambridge as well.

The question is : should we be concentrating on Cambridge all day or is it possible to visit Ely OR Bury St Edmunds in the morning and then go to Cambridge ? We could be in Ely or bury St Edmunds (which would be better ??) at about 9.30, do a walk of about 2-2.5 hours, have lunch and go to Cambridge (park and ride). I guess we could be in the city centre at about 2pm and we would be able to stay until after diner and leave at about 9 or 10 pm.

Our aim is to just walk around and perhaps go inside a college, but mainly wander around and get the feel of the city. Which option would you suggest ?

Thanks for a reply !

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11. Re: combine cambridge with ely/bury st edmunds or not ?

Wednesday is also market day in Bury, as well as Saturday.

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12. Re: combine cambridge with ely/bury st edmunds or not ?

Now, there is one option I think you can go from Ely train station to Bury St Edmunds direct by train as most trains have to use the junction at Ely station anyway but looking at the timetable that takes 26 minutes bus is only every 2 hours otherwise you will be going back to Cambridge to come out again, but honestly a car may be far easier to get you around the area, you can still get a number 12 bus from Ely to Newmarket, and then the number 11 to Bury St Edmunds straight via the A14 but be warned if there's traffic problems on the A14 it will get held up but that might be cheaper by person than train but takes double the time or just get a car, Ely is still looking at introducing car parking charges, and Bury St Edmunds rates are very reasonable to, and depending on whether you use park and ride or something like that in Cambridge it can be cheap for car parking that way to.

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13. Re: combine cambridge with ely/bury st edmunds or not ?

Is message 12 an attempt to compose the longest ever sentence? I would have thought all trains have to use "the junction at Ely station". The trains from Ely to Bury are the Peterborough to Ipswich and beyond trains, see www.nationalrail.co.uk. But I'm sure most would agree that to try and do all three in a day is ridiculous.

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14. Re: combine cambridge with ely/bury st edmunds or not ?

Sorry, its been a hot day, punctuation went a miss. Sorry about thar,

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15. Re: combine cambridge with ely/bury st edmunds or not ?

Dont bother with Bury, its not on par with Ely let alone Cambridge. Your time is limited and precious. If you are interested in the museums you don't even have time for Ely. Assuming that you go to Ely the purpose will be to see the cathedral, get there, see it then head for Cambridge asap.

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16. Re: combine cambridge with ely/bury st edmunds or not ?

Mind you it has the abbey Garderns, money's hall museum and theres another one further out if its still open, and there's a nice small fair trade shop.

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17. Re: combine cambridge with ely/bury st edmunds or not ?

As stated in other posts why go to Bury when we have so much to offer in Cambridge.

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18. Re: combine cambridge with ely/bury st edmunds or not ?

Yep, would definitely recommend a day in Ely!

It's only 15-20 mins away by train. Sure the cathedral is the main attraction. But I'd recommend walking through both the parks (one is full of sculptures, and often has live bands / events on). You should spend some time on the riverfront, there is The Cutter bar / restaurant down there. Laze under the willows and watch the rowers go by. Within a couple of hundred yards you have the award winning Peacocks tea rooms, and an art gallery (Babylon Gallery). Next door is another couple of parks (with lakes). And also the riverside antiques centre. Even if you're not into antiques theres so many curiosities in there! Not many places you can see a human skull, a telephone box, or a WW2 Gas mask all in the same shop!

Heading up to town you have the shops, and more tea rooms. At the weekend there is a farmers market.

As for pubs, I'd recomend The Hereward, The Kings Arms, and the West End. There are good reviews of all of them on here.

If you want more touristy things seek the Ely Museum & Oliver Cromwells House. In fact looking at this there might be more than a days worth to do here!

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19. Re: combine cambridge with ely/bury st edmunds or not ?

Ooh, sorry forgot to add, you should definitely try the new 'micro-pub' The Liberty Belle. It's owned / run by the same guy that does the Ely River Tours!

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