Denny Abbey was founded in 1159 by Benedictine monks, as a dependant priory of the great cathedral monstery of Ely. At the heart of the Denny stands the medieval Franciscan refectory and the church. Adapted by the Templars, the church underwent radical alterations in 1327, evenutally becoming a farmhouse. Explore this lovely abbey still featuring superb Norman Interiors. At different times it housed Benedictine Monks, the Knights Templars and nuns of the Franciscan order, the Poor Clares. See the Franciscan nuns refectory of the mid 14th Century and the rooms converted for their founder, the Countess of Pembroke. Learn how Denny has evolved through the centuries with our displays and childrens activities.
The University of Cambridge is rich in history, its famous Colleges and University buildings attract visitors from all over the world, the the Universitys museums and collections also hold many treasures which give an exciting insight into some of the scholarly activities, both past and present, of the University's academics and students. The University is one of the oldest in the world and one of the largest in the United Kingdoem, its reputation for outstanding academic achievement is known world-wide and refelcts the intellectual achievement of its students, as well as the world class original research carried out by the staff of the University.
The Fitzwilliam Museum was founded in 1816 at the bequest of the VIIth Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion to the University of Cambridge. It contains magnificent collections of works of art and antiquities of national and international importance spanning centuries and civilizations, displayed in 25 galleries. Highlights include antiquities from Egypt, Greece and Rome, orinetal art, Korean ceramics, English and European pottery and glass, sculpture, furniture, armour, illuminated manuscripts, coins and medals, Japanese prints, masterpieces of painting and drawing by Domenico Veneziano, Leonard da Vinci, titian, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck.
Ely Cathedral is a major tourist destination, receiving around 250,000 visitors per year. It has its origins in AD 672 when St Etheldreda built an abbey church. The present building dates back to 1083, and cathedral status was granted it in 1109. Having been built in a monumental Romanesque style, the galilee porch, lady chapel and choir were rebuilt in an exuberant Decorated Gothic. It’s most famous feature however is the central octagonal tower, with lantern above, which provides a spectacular internal space and, along with the West Tower, gives a unique exterior landmark that dominates the surrounding landscape.
Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town
with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious Cathedral and Abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With
prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and very convenient for Cambridge. Bury St Edmunds was
awarded Fair Trade Town status in 2015.