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Wisbech
Travel Guide

Wisbech

This busy market town is defined by attractive Georgian architecture, which serves as a reminder of its prosperous past.

Nicknamed the “Capital of the Fens,” Wisbech originally flourished as a port town during medieval times and later became a successful agricultural center after the Fens were drained. Stroll along the Brinks, the Crescent or Museum Square and you’ll see some of the finest and most well-preserved Georgian street architecture in the country.

Explore Peckover House, a Georgian merchant’s town house dating back to the early 18th century. Home to the Peckover family for more than 100 years, the house’s elegant interior reflects the success of the Peckover’s private bank as well as the simple lifestyle required by the religious beliefs of Quakers. Stroll around the house’s 2-acre (0.8-hectare) garden, which encompasses a rose garden that is home to more than 60 different species.

Look inside the Wisbech & Fenland Museum, one of the oldest museums in the United Kingdom. Originally established as a museum of natural sciences in the 19th century, the museum is now dedicated to the heritage of Wisbech and the surrounding region. Don’t miss the original manuscript of Charles Dickens’ novel, Great Expectations.

Take a tour of historic Elgood's Brewery, which was among the first classic Georgian breweries to be built outside of London. Learn about traditional brewing methods and sample some of the brewery’s award-winning ales. Take some time to walk through the 4-acre (1.6-hectare) garden, found behind the brewery along the River Nene. See golden and ghost carp swimming in the lake and look for the garden’s beautiful centuries-old Ginkgo biloba tree.

Other noteworthy attractions in Wisbech include the historic Angles Theatre as well as Octavia Hill's Birthplace House, the former home of English social reformer Octavia Hill. Try to visit the town on a Thursday or Saturday, which are its main market days. On these days, the town’s atmosphere is particularly lively.

Travel between Wisbech and Cambridgeshire’s other major cities by bus. The nearest rail station is 14 miles (22 kilometers) away in King’s Lynn. If you visit during the summer, be sure to see the town’s delightful annual Rose Fair in July.

Elme Hall Hotel
Elme Hall Hotel
3 out of 5
69 Elm High Road, Wisbech, England
The price is £65 per night from 9 May to 9 May
Situated in Wisbech, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Octavia Hill Birth Place Museum and 11.5 mi (18.5 km) from Downham Market Town Hall. Denver Windmill ...
4.1/5Very Good! (486 reviews)
Business trip
"Very nice and friendly staff, room had everything you need, was nice and clean. The pillows were a bit flat but they did supply extras so no complaints. Plenty of parking space, and good COVID measures. Overall a good stay."

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2020

Elme Hall Hotel
The Rose and Crown Hotel
The Rose and Crown Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Market Place, Wisbech, England
The price is £75 per night from 7 May to 7 May
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is steps away from The Cresent, Wisbech Castle and Wisbech & Fenland Museum. Octavia Hill Birth Place Museum ...
3.5/5Good! (97 reviews)
Not the best.
"Check in was very slow and not pleaseant. Staff read out a list of must do's & Don'ts which was a little bit too authoritarian. Advised that strictly no food or drink allowed in rooms, this is not a good service. Room booked advised there was a view - Rear of hotel brick wall and pitched roof. There ..."

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2020

The Rose and Crown Hotel
Oliver Twist Country Inn
Oliver Twist Country Inn
4 out of 5
High Rd,, Guyhirn,, Wisbech, England
The price is £110 per night from 7 May to 7 May
Situated in Wisbech, this inn is within 9 miles (15 km) of Octavia Hill Birth Place Museum, Wisbech Castle and Elgood's Brewery. The Cresent and Wisbech & Fenland ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)
Ok
"OK for overnight stay"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2020

Oliver Twist Country Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
KVM - Highclere House
KVM - Highclere House
4 out of 5
Situated in Peterborough, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of East of England Showground, Crown Lakes Country Park and Thorpe Wood Golf Course. Longthorpe ...
4/5Very Good! (1 review)
"All good except the front door step unsafe, the wind took one of the fence panels and the wheelie bins so couldn’t do rubbish and a man turned up to fix the taps but we refused entry as we had no notification or expectation of visit."

Reviewed on 9 Feb 2020

KVM - Highclere House
KVM - City Apartments
KVM - City Apartments
4 out of 5
Situated in Peterborough, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Peterborough Cathedral and within 3 miles (5 km) of Peterborough Greyhound Stadium ...
4.2/5Excellent! (9 reviews)
"This property was amazing. It was very modern, clean and very comfortable. The only draw back is that we had to lug our suitcases up stairs. Otherwise this property was in a great location and was fantastic."

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2019

KVM - City Apartments
Metro Service Apartments Peterborough
Metro Service Apartments Peterborough
4 out of 5
Situated in Peterborough, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Peterborough Cathedral, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Peterborough Greyhound Stadium and ...
4/5Very Good! (19 reviews)
Everything was perfect
"Pretty much the best serviced apartment stay to date, clean, easy check in and good communication from the host..... Highly Recommended"

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2020

Metro Service Apartments Peterborough
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Reviews of Wisbech

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4 Aug 2019

Beautiful place and nice people

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Jul 2019

Peckover House and Garden worth a visit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Apr 2019

I was just visiting family so not really interested in surroundings but it did seem a pleasant town.

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