Greetings from Cambridge

Cambridge is small historic town an hours journey from London. The town is famous for its universities and some of the greatest thinkers that we have seen in the last 500 years. It is the town where the atom was first split, where Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution, and Newton developed his theory of gravity. This is the place where Stephen Hawking of black-hole fame used to live and work. Follow me on days visit to Historic Cambridge.

 

Getting Here

Cambridge is located about 45 miles north of London and well connected. There are good train and bus services to Cambridge from London (King’s Cross and Liverpool Street stations). You can drive here as well and would take you roughly 2 hours from London. The train station is located about 2 km south from the centre of the town. It is possible to walk to the centre or there are buses and taxis. The bus station is close to the centre and visitors can easily walk to the main tourist sites

Cheapest: www.nationalexpress.com

Quickest: http://www.firstcapitalconnect.co.uk/

What to see and do in Cambridge

Cambridge has 31 colleges of which three, admit women only. The other colleges are mixed, though most were originally all men. The 3 main universities include the famous King’s, famed for its choir and towering Gothic chapel, followed by Trinity, founded by Henry VIII, and St John’s, with its 16th-century Great Gate.

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Go punting in a boat on the river the best way to see Cambridge. Punts can be rented by the hour from three locations on the river. This is one of the most iconic rides you will take after the famous gondola rides of Venice. Punting is great fun and is one of the things you must do when visiting Cambridge.

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View the many famous bridges like the Bridge of Sighs and the Magdalene bridge over looking the passers byes. Visit the Trinity gardens but the main reason to go here is that it is the most congested place on the river for punts and you can see people fall in it which is very funny to watch. Best viewed on a hot summer day when the river is busy.

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Corpus Christi College clock – corner of King’s Parade and Benet Street. New, modern design with flashing lights and a mechanical insect crawling over the top.

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Enjoy the interesting walks but watch you don’t get injured by a cyclist if you step out into the street to take a photograph.

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Cambridge is a pretty, old town and unlike many other towns in England where most of the original buildings were destroyed in the world wars this still has its old buildings and it still has narrow, medieval streets.

 

When to visit Cambridge

The best time to visit Cambridge is in the spring, summer or autumn because of the many beautiful gardens to admire. The gardens are located close to the river that runs through the middle of the historic town centre.

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Walking in Cambridge

Cambridge is crowded with tourists and the centre of is accessible only to pedestrians. A good walking map of Cambridge is the most useful purchase you can make.

What to avoid in Cambridge

Some of the shops on King’s Parade which are typically high priced for tourists.

Falling in the river if you go punting.

People selling chauffeur punting excursions on the river.

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Eats and Nibbles

There are some great places here to eat or snack on. Apart from some of the popular chains like Café Rouge / Wildwood Pizza Express you have some very interesting and quirky outlets in Cambridge.

The ones I would recommend

  • Hotel du Vin – the bistro but it’s expensive.
  • Rainbow Cafe – It’s vegetarian food only and in a cellar off an alley way on King’s Parade.
  • Chop House – King’s Parade. Specializes in English food – good English food.
  • Midsummer House – Excellent French cuisine. Book in advance has 2 Michelin stars.
  • The Fudge Kitchen – Perfect for their famous salted chocolate fudge . Kids love it as they get free sample and the whole process of making it in front of you.

 

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    If you want more information about Cambridge then the official tourist site is www.visitcambridge.org. The telephone number for the Cambridge Tourist Information Office is +44 (0)1223 464 732. They recommend the walking tours of the city that they organise.

Top Tips 

  • Take Walking Tours or just walk through the historic town at your leisure.
  • See iconic buildings like the Trinity College, King’s College and The Senate House.
  • Enjoy some time off  at the many coffer shops dotted around the town.
  • Learn about student life from a Cambridge University graduate guide.
  • Visit one of the world’s most prestigious universities, where Prince Charles, Sir  Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking studied
  • Be brave and punt yourself if not take a tour on the many chauffeured boats.
  • Buy a souvenir and take a piece of this historic town with you.

 

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31 thoughts on “Greetings from Cambridge

  1. Cambridge is another place to explore when visiting England. Through this post, I had a partial experience of the place! Thanks much Amar 😊

  2. Very well described article with loads of cool photo. Both Oxford and Cambridge are on my list. Probably next spring or summer.
    Good share 🙂

  3. It sounds like you really enjoyed your visit to Cambridge! I loved reading this post and seeing your terrific photos. If you’d like to keep in touch with what’s going on in the city, please take a look at my blog http://www.newincambridge.com and it might give you some more ideas when you’re planning your next trip!

  4. I love visiting old beautiful historic universities in England. I’ve been to Oxford twice and though it makes me green with envy for the experience the students get to have that I’ll never have (oh what I would have given to have that kind of college experience!) it is lovely to both get to see a beautiful historic place where so many great minds have achieved great things as well as see that it is still running today. Still have not made it to Cambridge but certain I will at some point in teh future on a trip to England 🙂

  5. Cambridge is one of my favourite UK cities! It’s so beautiful everywhere you look. I’m glad you had the chance to go punting, it’s definitely part of the Cambridge experience!

  6. Now I understand why many are proud to be from Cambridge. It is like living and learning in a different country, rich in culture and high standard of education. I will send my future kid here!

  7. Wow! Such an old city. I didn’t know that Cambridge had that many colleges and universities. I would love to visit Cambridge one day and observing the architecture of these colleges. The bridges are must-visit places too!

  8. What a quaint little town, I have not been to the UK yet and this is exactly how I picture it. Full of iconic buildings and history it really is beautiful and not at all like what we used too. Great pictures!

  9. It must be great to visit the city of intellectuals.. great universities with rich historical background. Cambridge which is famous worldwide for high quality of education is also having beautiful sights too. Punting must be fun and I would love to do. Being Vegetarian, I would love to eat out at Rainbow Cafe.

  10. What a picturesque part of England. Such beautiful architecture and your photo are fantastic. A great place to grow and learn.

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