A city for all seasons
ambridge may be a small city but it still packs a punch. As well as that famous University, there are medieval streets and a thriving nightlife to explore, and the city’s compactness means you can easily explore its historic churches, bridges and museums on foot. And if you feel like that floating feeling, make sure you take a leisurely punt along the River Cam.
History and Heritage
As a Roman river crossing and a thriving Saxon market centre, Cambridge’s history encompasses more than the University . But the 31 historic colleges that make up this venerable institution, the first of which was established in 1284, dominate the town, and it would be madness not to spend some serious quality time checking out one of Europe’s finest collections of buildings.
Arts and Culture
Cambridge also has many fascinating museums, including the Fitzwilliam where antiquities spanning several centuries can be viewed along with art masterpieces by Titian. If you like your art contemporary, then check out the exhibitions at Kettle’s Yard . You can also go all evolutionary and see Charles Darwin’s specimens at the Zoology Museum , or don an icy beard and take an expedition to the Scott Polar Institute .
Must See Attractions
Those with green fingers should head to the Botanic Garden to experience the impressive variety of plant species in display, while wing-nuts should head to the Imperial War Museum Duxford , which really brings history to life. The fan-vaulted ceiling of the iconic King’s College Chapel is also well worth the admission price and the resulting neck strain.
Food and Drink
From cutting-edge culinary delights in a Michelin-starred restaurant, to pie and chips in a waterside pub, Cambridge has a range of eating options to suit all palates and wallets. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, look no further than Fitzbillies’ legendary Chelsea bun, best washed down with a cup of tea at The Old Orchard at nearby Grantchester.
Cambridge has the high street shops you know and love, but for a more unique shopping experience head to the market where people have been selling their wares since Saxon times. It’s a great place to chat to the local characters and buy the best regional produce. And for handcrafted items take a trip to All Saints Garden .
Kids love experiencing things for themselves. And it doesn't get much more hands-on than climbing aboard a Concorde at the Imperial War Museum Duxford . Similarly, they'll be gawping with excitement at the sight of the Iguanodon dinosaur skeleton at Sedgwick Museum , while for some all-round family fun there’s the thrill of a Live the City treasure hunt. Phew.
Music and Nightlife
When it comes to live music, Cambridge has it all from classical recitals in historic 13th century colleges to local bands trying to make it big in one of the city’s great pubs. If theatre is your passion, then simply choose from just one of the four big venues offering everything you could want from a night treading the boards.
The University has attracted movers and shakers for centuries, playing host to royalty, prime ministers, authors and scientists. Intellects don’t get more famous than Trinity alumnus Sir Isaac Newton - just watch out for falling apples. Other famous Cambridge graduates include Oliver Cromwell, who studied at Sidney Sussex, where his skull is now buried.
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