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Royston, a busy market town, lies in the north-east corner of the county, on the border with Cambridgshire.

Royston grew up at the intersection of two ancient thoroughfares: Ermine Street and Icknield Way. Ermine Street was constructed by the Romans but the prehistoric Icknield Way said to be 'the oldest road in Britain' was ancient even before the Romans invaded Britain.

The town takes its name from the wayside cross erected by Lady Roysia in around 1066.

Hidden beneath the central junction of the town, at the junction of the two ancient routes, lies the man-made Royston Cave.

In the 17th century Royston was a favourite hunting base for King James I, who built a hunting lodge there. Royston boasts some historic buildings and award-winning gardens for the visitor to see.

The town's facinating history is detailed at the Royston Museum.

Today, light industry also provides employment for residents of the market town.

Wimpole Hall, a magnificent stately home, lies six miles from Royston (in Cambridgeshire).

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Tourist Attractions in and near Royston to Visit



Royston Cave Discover hidden Royston underground.



Docwra's Manor Garden 5.0 miles A garden oasis, converted from an old farmyard.



Royston Museum The local museum illustrates the history of Royston and it's inhabitants.

Ashwell Museum 5.5 miles This village museum illustrates village life as it was.


Out & About

Barrington 6.0 miles Visit the village, which has interesting buildings.


Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Willers Mill Wildlife Park 5.1 miles Lots of animals to see from big cats to goats.

Towns Near Royston To Visit - straight line distance:

Wimpole (5.67 miles) Baldock (8.13 miles) Duxford (8.34 miles) Letchworth (9.90 miles)
How to get to Royston
Royston, A505 east of Letchworth,west on A10 from M11
Nearby Hotels
The Jester Hotel
116 Station Road Baldock SG7 5RS
3.9 miles

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Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and other Hotels
Old Bull Inn
56 High Street Royston SG8 9AW

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The Coach House
Wimbish Manor Estate, Fowlmere Rd Royston SG8 6QP

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Coach House Hotel
Newmarket Road Melbourne near Royston SG8 7PN

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Royston Weather
Monday 27th April
Day :Sunny skies12°C Sunny skies
Night :Light rain shower2°C Light rain shower
Tuesday 28th April
Day :Light rain shower11°C Light rain shower
Night :Cloudy skies5°C Cloudy skies
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