Destination: Cambridge

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World famous small university city packed with history

Cambridge

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Introducing Cambridge


Cambridge is one of Britain's most famous cities. It combines the atmosphere of a rural town with the grandeur and tradition of its ancient university which dominates the city. The university began in 1209, when fighting between scholars and locals in Oxford, led to students setting up a university in Cambridge. Today punting on the river Cam is commonplace. Cambridge is also a very bicycle friendly city with plenty of cycle paths connecting all the major attractions. Cambridge has lots of museums including the Fitzwilliam Museum, which houses an outstanding picture collection. The city is also home to one of only 4 round churches in Britain. Cambridge boasts Michelin starred restaurants, and has an diversity of culinary delights including Thai, Italian, French, Spanish and many gastropubs.

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Region: Central England

Time to spend here: 3 hours - 1 day

More Information: www.visitcambridge.org

What's nearby? Ely, Peterborough, East Anglia

What transport do you recommend? Cambridge is easy to walk around but a sightseeing bus also allows you to visit all the colleges outside the city.

Did you know? You are not allowed to play tennis on the streets of Cambridge!

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King's College

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Cambridge University contains 31 colleges, some of which can be visited. Kings College, famous because of its chapel, has beautiful stained glass windows and a gravity defying vaulted roof. St John's College has a replica of Venice's bridge of Sighs.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Fitzwilliam Museum

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The Fitzwilliam Museum houses world class exhibits from many great civilisations including Greek, Roman and Egyptian, including paintings, sculpture, armour, furniture, pottery and glass, oriental art, manuscripts, coins and medals from the 14th century to present.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

City Sightseeing Bus

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Sightseeing tours of the city can be taken on a hop-on hop-off bus. It's a very convenient and informative way to learn more about Cambridge.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Punting in Cambridge

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Famous for its quaint and relaxing punting, a 45-minute guided punt up the river is a traditional attraction which cannot be missed. The guides will take you up the river and give you a commentary of the area and some background knowledge on the universities.
Time to spend here: 45 minutes   More information

The Round Church

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The Round Church dating back to 1130 features two cylindrical levels with round-arched windows and a conical roof. Inside 8 massive cylindrical pillars feature Norman carvings. The church also houses an exhibition on Christian Heritage in the area.
Time to spend here: 1 hour   More information

Scott Polar Research Institute

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The Scott Polar Research Institute holds a unique collection of artefacts, journals, clothing equipment, paintings, photographs, maps and other materials illustrating polar exploration, history and science.
Time to spend here: 1.5 hours   More information

Imperial War Museum Duxford

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The Imperial War Museum at Duxford, 9 miles north of Cambridge, has an outstanding Aviation museum, with a an aircraft hall containing over 30 historic British and Commonwealth aircraft.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Ely

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Ely, 12 miles north of Cambridge makes for a great day trip. The stunning cathedral is the city's main attraction, but a splendid array of medieval buildings, along with a beautiful waterside area and great selection of antique shops and fine cafes make it a pleasant place to stroll.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Oliver Cromwell's House

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Ely's most famous resident was Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England who lived here for 10 years. Today his house has an English Civil War exhibition.
Time to spend here: 1.5 hours   More information

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