You will find this pretty village in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside, near the ancient market town of Bedford. On the doorstep of your holiday cottage in Melchbourne, you will find some of the county’s most idyllic landscapes, with footpaths running through stretches of unspoiled woods and fields. In the village centre, St John’s Arms is a cosy pub serving good food and a range of local ales. Local landmarks to look out for include the graceful Church of Mary St Magdalene. Further south, hiking can be enjoyed in Melchbourne Woods, while to the west, Stanwick Lakes is a 750-acre nature reserve where rare birds can be spotted. Not to be missed on self-catering holidays in Melchbourne, the city of Cambridge lies to the east, with magnificent architecture to explore, on the banks of the River Cam. The neighbouring town of Bedford is also worth a visit, south of Melchbourne, on the banks of the River Great Ouse. Peruse the independent shops in the town centre, pick up fresh produce at the market, and admire the fine Victorian architecture and landmarks such as the Old Town Hall and Bedford Castle.

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Recommended Places to Visit When on Holiday in Melchbourne


Museum of CambridgeDon’t miss this excellent museum, housed in a 17th-century timber-framed building, with exhibits and art.


Cam BoatsTake a tour along the River Cam and admire magnificent architecture as you make your way through Cambridge, into the surrounding countryside. 


Herrings Green Activity Farm and Bird of Prey CentreDiscover farm animals and incredible birds of prey at this popular family-friendly attraction.


The Higgins BedfordTake a wander through Bedford town centre before stopping at this fascinating museum and gallery.


Gulliver’s Dinosaur and Farm ParkHave a family day out at this popular amusement park, with animatronic dinosaurs, a petting zoo, and rides.


Mountfitchet CastleThis reconstructed medieval castle and Norman settlement provides a unique insight into the history of the region.