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Brampton is an historic and charming village in the west of Cambridgeshire, in eastern England. The village's long history is evidenced by its mention in the Domesday Book and it retains many fascinating buildings from its past. However, it is also a thriving modern village with much to offer prospective holidaymakers.

Step back in time

There is no better place to start your bucolic stroll through time than on Brampton's quintessentially English village green. From here, make your way to the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, which has stood on the site since the 12th century. Admire or admonish the gargoyles that adorn the building and are still in a pretty scary state. Inside you can gaze at the ‘modern' floor that was installed in the 13th century and based on the floor of Ypres Cathedral.

After enjoying the impressive church, take a peek at another interesting chapter of Brampton's past. Robert Pepys, the uncle of Samuel, lived in the village and the famous diarist spent a lot of time in what is now called Pepys House. Other important landmarks you must make sure you see are the peculiar obelisk in the centre of Brampton and, of course, Nuns Bridge, the lovely old bridge that carries people over the Alconbury Brook.

A sip back in time

Now you've seen the architectural splendour of Brampton's past, go and experience the interior of the magnificent Black Bull Inn, which has been serving up pints of ale to thirsty locals since the 16th century. This was Pepys' ale house of choice and the great man would be happy with the modern Black Bull. The pub now has an extensive menu of delicious hot food for you to mention in your own diary.

If you're after a more light-filled setting for your meal, Brampton's Garden Centre also houses an award-winning restaurant. So wolf down a plate of delicious risotto after picking up some colourful hydrangeas. For an even more unusual dining experience, the Old Watermill on the river also contains a restaurant with excellent grub.

A day at the races

For those who enjoy a bit of sport or a bit of a gamble, or both, Huntingdon Racecourse is just a mile outside of town. Go and win some cash to spend on one of the legendary Brampton steak pies on sale at the Brampton butchers.

A Brampton hotel is an excellent base from which to visit the lovely market town of Huntingdon, or even the famous university city of Cambridge, which is just 20 miles away. Or you can explore the surrounding countryside. With a visit to Brampton, you are spoilt for choice really.

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