This ancient town lies on the northern slopes of the Hertfordshire Downs, 12 miles south of the city of Cambridge. It is close to the Cambridgeshire border, which once ran through the town centre. A compact place, it is easily explored by foot from your holiday cottage in Royston. Take a wander through the award-winning Priory Garden, which has mature woods and beautiful flower displays. There are weekly markets at Market Hill, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, where you can buy fresh produce. Several pubs can be found in and around Baldock Street and Melbourn Street, including the Jolly Postie, which is housed in an old post office. A visit to the excellent museum is a must on self-catering holidays in Royston, with fascinating exhibits on the town, from the Ice Age up to the present day.

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Alice Barn is one of several eco-friendly holiday barns set amidst the countryside near the village of Tadlow, Cambridgeshire, a cosy child-friendly cottage built with sustainability in mind, featuring underfloor heating, wood-burning hot tub on the deck, and master double bedroom behind barn doors.

Towns nearby

Royston

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Beneath the crossroads in the town centre, the mysterious manmade Royston Cave was discovered. Visitors are welcome to explore this circular chamber, cut into the chalk, the purpose of which remains unknown. Overlooking the town, Therfield Heath lies on a hillside to the southwest of the town centre. It is a scenic place for a stroll, with impressive views of the town and the surrounding countryside. Icknield Way passes holiday cottages in Royston, on its 110-mile route between Knettishall Heath in Suffolk and Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire, tracing the oldest road in the country on its way through idyllic countryside.

A visit to Cambridge is highly recommended, with some of the country’s most spectacular architecture. Direct trains from Royston to King’s Cross mean you can be in central London in less than an hour. Local attractions include Shepreth Wildlife Park, home to owls, meerkats and a lynx. Audley End Miniature Railway is another fun family attraction, with an enchanted fairy and elf walk.