Living in Huntingdon
What is life like in Huntingdon
Huntingdon is a small rural town in Cambridgeshire. It offers a refreshing option for all those who wish to in beautiful picturesque surroundings but still within a short distance of some of the region's larger towns and cities. Located on the A14, commuting to Cambridge and further afield is very easy.
The arrival of new modern housing in recent years has triggered significant growth in Huntingdon and there is no sign that this is set to end any time soon. In fact, the area is quickly becoming a popular base for young professionals and families looking to escape the fast pace of city living.
Life in the town is quiet and relaxed with a strong community spirit having evolved over the years. The local amenities such as shops, church and pubs are well used by local residents. There are many community events held throughout the year.
The history of Huntingdon dates back many years and is particularly fascinating. It was founded by the Danes and the Anglo-Saxons, who chose it as the target of a number of raids in and around East Anglia in the tenth century.
Huntingdon became extremely prosperous through the years as it was soon known as a key crossing point on the River Great Ouse. It also served as a charming market town with plenty of trade taking place and later as a coaching centre.
A pair of famous MPs represented Huntingdon during their time in power, helping to enhance the town’s appeal. They were the legendary Oliver Cromwell and 1990s prime minister John Major.
Until 1975, the major crossing point in the town was its famous medieval bridge, but this ceased to be in use when the A14 bypass was built.
Entertainment, sport and days out
Hinchingbrooke House and Performing Arts Centre is one of the main entertainment venues in Huntingdon, with a good selection of plays and performances on offer to locals. Huntingdon Commemoration Hall is another option for those seeking a great show.
The town also boasts its own Cineworld cinema complex, ensuring people can always stay in touch with the latest Hollywood blockbusters.
Nearby Cambridge has a number of top quality entertainment establishments including the Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge Junction and the Cambridge Corn Exchange which has hosted artists such as The Who, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Oasis, Queen, Lily Allen and Take That.
The One leisure facility in Huntingdon is an ideal place for residents to keep fit, offering a swimming pool, spa, fitness suites and a sports injury clinic.
Eating, drinking & shopping
As with most traditional and historic English towns, there are some wonderful pubs to enjoy. The Barley Mow, the Exhibition and the King of Belgians are just some of the establishments on offer.
Traditional pub food is served in many of the hostelries in the town and tends to be delicious, but there are also a small number of others places to grab a bite to eat.
Many people in Huntingdon tend to make the short journey to Cambridge to visit larger shops and for a modern mall, although for everyday needs there is a good selection of local cafes and stores.
Schools & healthcareHinchingbrooke School is perhaps the most prestigious school in the town. The state school is set in the grounds of the remarkable Hinchingbrooke House, which was once the home of Oliver Cromwell's family.
St Peter's, St John's Primary, Hartford Community Junior School, Brampton Village Primary School, St Anne's C of E Primary School and Thongsley Fields Primary are just some of the other institutions available to local youngsters.
Hinchingbrooke hospital is the largest medical facility in Huntingdon and provides expert care and treatment to everybody who needs it, while further medical help is at hand in Cambridge at Addenbrooks, Cambridge University Hospital and The Rosie Hospital.
Several GP and dentist surgeries can be found in St Ives, only a short drive or bus journey away.
Neighbouring Fenstanton is only a five-minute drive away and is easily accessed on local bus routes. Fenstanton is conveniently positioned alongside the A14, meaning residents are around 20 minutes from Cambridge and Huntingdon, and also a short distance from the A1(M) and M11 so London is only around an hour away.
Huntingdon has its own train station which has local connections to Cambridge and East Anglia and direct services to London with journey times of around 1 hour.
There are many bus routes across the region, making public transport a easy option for commuters and leisure travellers.