Cambridge, a city of spires, colleges, theatres, arts, and shopping in stunning surroundings. Very popular for visits whilst on holiday and for short city breaks.
There are always lots of events on so check out the local papers for up to date information.
A collection of old streets and houses run along the River Cam. Good museums that include the Fitzwilliam, with art and archaeology collections, the Scott Polar Research Institute with exhibits relating to the expeditions, whilst the Sedgwick has fossils from around the world.
Cambridge is a city for strolling and visiting all the tourist attractions, so park the car, try the Backs and riverside meadows along the towpath, try a punt on the Cam., on your own or with a guide.
A good mix of culture, learning and shopping make this historic city unique, and recently has been developed as high-tec development area.
The colleges result from a split away from Oxford in 1209. Peterhouse was founded in 1284, and Kings College by Henry VI in 1441. Kings has a chapel overlooking the River Cam. Copus Christie was founded by two town guilds.
Modern architecture of Churchill and Robinson mix with the gardens of Christs College and the medieval chapel of Jesus. The bridges over the river include the Bridge of Sighs - built in the same style as the bridge with the same name in Venice. You can walk around the courtyards, sometimes you have to pay an entrance fee.
The diaryist Samuel Pepys left his library to his old college Magdalene, this included his diary written in shorthand and translated in 1922
Park & Ride: Avoid the problems of
the city traffic and the fight for parking spaces. Suggested
parking places with bus service into the city:
Babraham Road (off A1307 at Gog Magog roundabout)
Cowley Road (off A14 at A10 junction)
Trumpington (off M11, J11)
Madingley Road (off M11, J13)
Newmarket Road (off A14 on A1303, Stow-cum-Quy interchange)
All of the sites are signposted.
The cathedral town of Ely is a bit more relaxing than Cambridge.
Towns Near Cambridge To Visit - straight line distance:Fulbourne (4.51 miles) Waterbeach (5.17 miles) Bourn (7.84 miles) Willingham (7.96 miles)
Kings College Chapel and Grounds The Chapel is a Gothic church, which took a century to build from 1446.
Clare College The gardens show 20th century gardening ideas and overlook the river
Cambridge University Botanic Garden 40 acres of gardens to explore
Kettle's Yard Gallery in a building converted from 17th & 18th century cottages.
Trinity College Visit the Great Court ,the largest court of any Oxford or Cambridge college.
Anglesey Abbey A 1600's house with gardens. A National Trust property.
Fitzwilliam Museum Visit this famous museum with its extensive collections.
Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences Fossils, rocks and minerals from around the world and the history of the earth.
The Museum of Zoology Holds a large collection of animal fossils.
Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology Charts the development of Man through time.
Scott Polar Research Institute A rather unique collection of artefacts relating to the exploration of the poles.
Burwell Museum This museum is set in a collection of rural buildings.
Cambridge & County Folk Museum A collection showing the history of people in Cambridgeshire.