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    The Local Area

    The historic village of Kimbolton is dominated by our castle, the former home of King Henry VIII's first wife Katharine of Aragon and now home to our Senior School for pupils aged 11-18. This beautiful south-west corner of Cambridgeshire is also close to the borders of Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, with the majority of our pupils living in these three counties.

    If you're thinking of relocating to the area there's plenty to explore, from pretty riverside villages such as Eaton Socon, the Offords, the Hemingfords and Houghton & Wyton, to the bustling market towns of Godmanchester, St Ives, St Neots and Huntingdon. Also within easy reach is the university city of Cambridge, just half an hour by car (or try the busway, which connects Huntingdon, St Ives and Cambridge). 

    Kimbolton Castle
    Punting on the River Cam, CambridgeThe Manor at Hemingford GreyThe Shuttleworth CollectionSailing at Grafham Water

    Local Attractions

    Local places of interest which can easily be combined with a visit to Kimbolton School include:

    • Kimbolton Castle - open mornings on the first Sundays of March and November.
    • St. Andrew's Church, Kimbolton, a medieval building with later additions including monuments to the Montagu family and a Tiffany window. Guided tours are available by arrangement and village tours can also be booked.
    • Grafham Water - sailing and watersports, cycling, walking, fishing, Segway, and Rumble live action gaming.
    • The Manor, Hemingford Grey - one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in Britain;  famous as the house of Green Knowe in Lucy Boston's in classic children's books.
    • Cambridge University Botanic Gardens - discover over 8,000 plant species from all over the world.
    • The Cromwell Museum, Huntingdon - Learn about the life and legacy of Huntingdon’s most famous character, Oliver Cromwell. The museum is located in the building where he went to school.
    • Hinchingbrooke Country Park - 170 acres of open grasslands, mature woodland and lakes. Parkrun every Saturday!
    • Aqua Park - Trampolines, huge slides, balance beams, swing and more on this fun-filled challenge at Wyboston Lakes.
    • Houghton Mill (National Trust) - the last surviving mill on the River Great Ouse able to produce stone ground flour from a water-powered wheel. Delicious scones and cakes in the tea room!
    • Buckden Towers - listed in the Domesday Survey of 1086, historic home of the Bishops of Lincoln.
    • The Shuttleworth Collection  - aeronautical and automotive museum. 
    • Peterborough Lido - Three heated outdoor pools, children's play area and cafe.