The incredibly pretty Cambridgeshire village where ITV Grantchester is based
The ITV Grantchester series returned to our TV screens a few weeks ago to follow the new adventures of Vicar Will Davenport and Detective Inspector Geordie Keating.
But where is the series filmed – well, in the village of Grantchester.
The majority of the show’s filming takes place in the village of Cambridgeshire, with the exception of a few locations.
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Resting on the banks of the River Cam, the village is just two miles south of Cambridge.
Grantchester is said to have the highest concentration of Nobel Laureates in the world – many are believed to be current or retired Cambridge University academics.
It is currently the home of scientist Mary Archer and her husband, author and former MP Jeffrey Archer – who purchased the former rectory.
The building dates from 1685 and passed from the property of the church to private hands around 1820.
He is most often associated with the war poet Rupert Brooke, who allegedly rented a room from the owners, Henry and Florence Neeve, in 1910.
Brooke even wrote a poem called “The Old Vicarage – Grantchester” describing his feeling of homesickness while in Berlin.
There is also the Church of St Andrew and St Mary, which houses the vicar of crime fighting from the ITV series.
The oldest part of the church – the choir – dates from the mid-14th century, while the nave and tower were built in the 15th century.
It is currently a Grade II listed building.
As you explore the great outdoors, head to Cambridge to find the Grantchester Meadows.
The prairies are also the inspiration for the Pink Floyd song “Grantchester Meadows”, the village being the hometown of band member David Gilmour.
If you follow the river upstream which runs along the meadows, you will end up in Byron’s Pool.
The site is named after Lord Byron, who swam in the water – but now the pool is a nature reserve.
You will also find The tea rooms in the orchard along the River Cam.
Locals, students and tourists often descend the river for tea at The Orchard.
In 1897, a group of Cambridge students reportedly persuaded the owner of Orchard House to serve them tea in his orchard – which later became common practice.
The tearoom also got a mention in Brooke’s poem: “And is there still honey for tea?” “
The orchard serves cream teas, Rupert Brooke afternoon tea, plenty of cakes, and light lunch options.
And if a light afternoon tea doesn’t do the trick, the other options in Grantchester are a few pubs – the Blue ball hostel , Rupert Brooke , and the Red lion .
Ranked first on TripAdvisor, the Blue Ball Inn has retained the traditional charm of a village pub, yet only serves four or five hot dishes a day.
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How to get there
You can take a train from King’s Cross to Cambridge, before taking a few buses to the village. Or it’s just a 45 minute walk to the center of town.
But if you prefer to drive, it will take you just under two hours.
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