Wisbech is a market town of great character and historical importance, only 31 miles from the city of Cambridge it is positioned conveniently in the centre of the towns of Peterborough, Kings Lynn, March and Long Sutton giving it the title ‘Capital of the Fens’.
The draining of the Fens brought prosperity to Wisbech when the produce of the rich agricultural land flowed through the port. Wisbech landowners and merchants grew wealthy and built their rows of elegant houses along the banks of the River Nene. Facing each other across the water, North Brink and South Brink are among the finest Georgian streets in England.
Wisbech has a great deal to offer the visitor, with its Georgian architecture and a vast amount of history, dating back to the Romans.
The Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum
Octavia Hill (1838-1912) was a woman ahead of her time. An artist and a radical, she was a pioneer of affordable housing and can be seen as the founder of modern social work. Her life and work is documented in Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House a handsome Georgian house facing the river Nene
Peckover House and Gardens
Peckover House is a secret gem, an oasis hidden away in an urban environment, complete with orangery, summerhouses, croquet lawn and rose garden.
Wisbech & Fenland Museum
One of the oldest museums in the UK, you’ll discover a treasure house of rare & unusual artefacts, illuminating history, local & worldwide, recent & ancient.
The LUXE Cinema:
The Luxe Cinema offers film an eclectic interior and luxurious atmosphere, where one can cosy up and relax on either a leather armchair or two-seater sofa.
One of the first classic Georgian Breweries to be built outside London it remains on the banks of the River Nene, offering guided tours of the brew house.
The Angles Theatre is a lively and vibrant Arts Centre housed in a Georgian building with a theatrical tradition stretching back over 200 years.
Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum
The museum contains aircraft and aviation exhibits, many of these were recovered from local crash sites and restored by the museum members.
Cycle: Route 63
The popular Fens Cycle Tourism Route covers 28 miles (45km) of the flattest, lowest countryside in England. Cycling is mainly on minor roads and Fen droves linking the Peterborough Green Wheel with the Hull to Harwich Cycle Route (Route 1) at Wisbech. The route starts at the south-eastern edge of the Market Place, where The Rose and Crown is situated, near St Peter & Paul’s Church.