A great place for a day-out or a short stay when
passing along the A14 in Cambridgeshire.
Godmanchester can be reached by car or public transport.
Travelling by train use the services to Huntingdon railway
station which is about 2miles from Godmanchester. In good weather
it is a pleasant walk from the station and over West Side Common to
the Old Bridge Hotel and on to Godmanchester. The rail station has
bus connections to Godmanchester morning and evenings weekdays, or
you can walk to Huntingdon bus station. Information on bus services
can be found on the Cambridgeshire County Council web site, see below
for information on bus, rail and air transport
Godmanchester is easy to find by road, just take
the A1198 turning from the A14 (Junction 24) signed for Royston and
Godmanchester, then follow the signs for Godmanchester. There are
two car parks in central Godmanchester plus public parking along The
Causeway and I hope the map below will help you or simply us the
map from the Multimap
View Godmanchester in a larger map
The first carpark is located at School Hill
(you'll need a theodolite to see if the ground rises though!) adjacent
to The Chinese Bridge and this is the site for the Public Toilets
which includes a RADAR disabled access toilet.
Entrance is just off "The Causeway" as shown
on map left. From A14, having entered the 30mph limit passing under
the A14, follow ahead, passing The White Hart on your right heading
towards Huntingdon. At the mini-roundabout turn left at the junction
for The Offords and immediate right at the bollard into the car park
in The Causeway.
Note that if you have a large pushchair or wheelchair,
access to the river and recreation area is easier from the second
car park as described below, but the toilets are on the road side
of the mill stream.
The second carpark is only some 300 metres further
along Post Street (i.e. turning right at the mnim-roundabout and heading
towards Huntingdon) just prior to the pelican crossing, on the left
hand side. It is the site of a now demolished mill.
There is access to the Recreation areas from both Car
Parks. Within the "Rec" between the two carparks are play
facilities for toddlers and beyond the sluice gates there is a range
of equipment for older children and the football pitch. A stroll around
the "Rec" is lovely, with Willow trees overhanging the mill
race, and a footpath along the river to the lock gates and access
to Portholme - see the article for more history on Portholme.
Access to the latter is not suited to pushchairs and is inaccessible
to wheelchairs, but otherwise Godmanchester is all level ground
and is easy to get about whether with young children or if you have
a little difficulty in walking. You can easily visit the area
and see the historic built heritage that we are so lucky to retain
here. Typical of the built heritage are the
timber framed Tudor buildings from the 17th Century.
a tour around Godmanchester's C17th buildings
You can find information about the history of St
Mary's Parish Church at the website plus details of services
and notices etc. There are several places to eat in town, such as
the three Pubs serving food (The White Hart, The Exhibition and
The Black Bull), plus Ali's Tandoori restaurant, The Chinese
Bridge Restaurant and Riverside Fish & Chips Restaurant .
Let them know you found their details on Stuart Bond's website.
You can of course picnic alongside
the River Great Ouse and there are several shops to buy snacks and
sandwiches etc. If you want to take home some excellent meat, walk
back along The Causeway with the river on your right and follow ahead
to London Road just prior to left-hand bend. Call in to Thomas
Family Butchers, tell Tim & Sharon that Stuart & Clare Bond
sent you for great quality & value; excellent for us meat
Updated 3 July 2005
Services for Godmanchester
Service Details are provided on the Cambridgshire County Council
For Godmanchester services specifically then click
Train Services - Huntingdon
Rail Station is the closest, and is about 2 miles from most of Godmanchester
and has a taxi service.Alternatively, you can walk to the Bus station
(less than 10mins) and then continue by bus here. In good weather,
head out of the carpark under the A14 road bridge and follow the footpath
across the common to Huntingdon ring road. Keep right and you'll soon
come to the River Great Ouse. It will take about 30mins to get to
the southern edge of Godmanchester.
Rail Enquiries Departure boards, timetables and contacts for
the Train Operating Companies
QJump for tickets
The main airports accessible from Godmanchester
are listed below with typical journey times to the terminal outside
rush hour (depending on traffic)
London Stansted Airport - approx 1 hour
Stansted Airport site
London Luton Airport - approx 1.25 hours
Official Airport site
Norwich International Aiport - approx
Official Airport site
Birmingham International Aiport - approx
Official Airport Site
Please enjoy your visit and let us know what
you think of the Town.
There are many attractions in the area including
the following and others are listed on the Things
to Do & Places to Go page, with other listing on the links
Green Animal Shelter is located on the A1198 towards Royston.
It is approximately in the position marked as "A1198 to Royston"
on the map above.
Pits Nature Reserve is nearby on the road to St Neots see
the links page for website.
Imperial War Museum is located about 25 miles southeast
along the A14 to Junction 10 on the M11.
Railway, preservation railway, is about 20 miles north on
the A1 at Wansford.
The principal centres in the area are of course
Cambridge, Peterborough, Huntingdon, St Neots, St Ives and Ely.
about other events, places to visit, eat & drink and accommodation
in the Huntingdonshire area can be obtained from the Huntingdon
Tourist Information Centre in the Library Foyer, Princes Street,
Huntingdon. Tel 01480 388 588 (or
+44 1480 388 588 from outside UK), TIC@huntsdc.gov.uk
and their new Website