Whether living in or visiting the vibrant market town of St Neots, there’s plenty to see, do and experience for people of all ages. From connecting with nature and spying on local wildlife, to diving into the town’s medieval heritage, to exploring the many markets, restaurants and pubs, there’ll never be a dull moment within walking distance from our new homes in St Neots.
Visit historical landmarks and cultural attractions
When the history of a town goes back many hundreds of years, living through periods of prosperity and periods of war, you know taking a glance back into the past is a must.
St Neots Museum
A former police station and law court, St Neots Museum offers up a bit of everything. Whether you’re browsing the exhibits, bringing your children to one of the many organised activities, or taking part in its seasonal escape room, this is a must-see.
St Mary’s Church
History, religion and architecture rolled into one, St Mary’s Church is a sight to behold. Dating as far back as the 1500s, seeing the exquisite carvings and mix of Noman and Victorian detailing up close is the best way to admire this beautiful building.
Outdoor activities and natural beauty
One of St Neots’ biggest draws is its access to lots of green spaces, from stunning parks and leisure opportunities to its river-side walks. Here are a few to get you started.
Riverside Park and the Ouse Valley Way
With stunning scenery and willow trees sheltering the banks of the River Ouse, enjoy 72 acres of open, green space for a number of activities. Take your kids to the playpark, enjoy a picnic with friends, or take advantage of its beautiful walks and cycle paths. And for those who prefer longer walks, step onto the Ouse Valley Way (walking all 13 miles is not required).
Walk along the River Great Ouse
On a bright, sunny day, there’s little better to do than taking an amble alongside the River Great Ouse. Just be sure to wear sensible shoes, use sun cream, and leave time for a drink and a bite to eat at one of the pubs on the way.
Paxton Pits Nature Reserve
If spying on local wildlife is one of your joys, take a trip to the Paxton Pits Nature Reserve. Host to nightingales, cormorants, and many other species of birds, beasts and bugs, visiting the beautiful grounds and taking in the lively array is well worth a day.
Food and dining experiences
When getting a feel for any place, one of the key areas to explore is its offering of food and drink. Whether fine dining, a place for cake and coffee, or a pub on a hot day, is on your agenda, you’re never short of delicious places to eat.
Pubs like The Crown, Three Horseshoes, and The White Horse offer British classics, from gastro-pub essentials to Sunday lunches, ideal for a casual meal. If you’re after memorable restaurants, try Bosphorus Meze & Mangal for a taste of the Mediterranean, Nawab Lounge for unforgettable Indian cuisine, or Bohemia St Neots for breakfasts, tapas and coffee worth the wait.
And for cafés made for tea, quick chats, and maybe a light bite, pop into places like Ambience Café, Moores Walk, and Art & Soul.
Shopping and local markets in St Neots
The St Neots Farm & Craft Market on the second and fourth Saturday of every month is a must for picking up local produce. From meat, veggies and baked goods, to handmade soaps, textiles and wooden crafts, it’s perfect for potterers alike.
If it’s the main shops you’re after, you’re in luck. From books to bakeries, health shops to homeware, clothing to crafts, St Neots has dozens upon dozens of places, both high-street chain and independent, to lose yourself in.
Sports and recreation
On top of green spaces, shops and plenty of events, St Neots is a hive of sporting activity, with sports centres, tennis courts, and bowls, table tennis, football and golf clubs. Its main activity centre, One Leisure, has a packed schedule of classes, five sport halls, outdoor pitches, two squash courts, six tennis courts, a 25-metre swimming pool and more.
The town also hosts a number of sporting events throughout the year, from triathlons to charity dragon boat races. Have a look online to see what’s taking place, whether you’re a spectator or a participant.