Cambridge is a pretty university town idyllically located on the River Cam and is a perfect option for a day trip from London. Whilst located just 50 miles from the capital, it couldn’t be more of a contrast. Cambridge is compact, with most major attractions being within walking distance each other and could best be described as a place oozing character and charm. It is known for its world class university, which consists of 31 unique colleges situated in wonderful leafy green surroundings. Highlights of a visit to Cambridge include seeing the ancient colleges and their impressive grounds, punting along the River Cam, discovering the world class Fitzwilliam Museum, as well as taking advantage of the shopping, food and entertainment. Many visitors choose to take a tour to the town and often combining a visit to Cambridge with its historic sister town of Oxford.
Blossom in Cambridge
Highlights: Visiting Cambridge
Cambridge University: The College Grounds:
Cambridge University consists of 31 Colleges, each with its distinctive architecture, steeped in a rich history. Many of the colleges are free to visit whilst some charge a small entrance fee. Since most people wouldn’t want to visit all of the colleges, our favourite three colleges are Pembroke College, whose chapel was designed by Sir Christopher Wren; St John’s, which is famous for its beautiful bridge of sighs and Kings College, with one of the most impressive chapels in the country. Our advice would be to plan to visit these three colleges, but bear in mind that its impossible not to stumble across the many other colleges as you stroll around the town centre, so really let your nose guide the way!
Cambridge University, College Grounds
Museums: The Fitzwilliam Museum:
The Fitzwilliam Museum is renowned for its stunning architecture as well as an impressive collection of over half a million pieces of artwork and artefacts that date back as far as 2500 BC. Highlights include works by Rembrandt and Rubens, rare manuscripts and artefacts from the ancient empires of Greece, Rome and Egypt. Entrance to the museum is free!
The River Cam: Punting:
The River Cam runs right through the centre of Cambridge and is famous for its punting. A 45-minute chauffeured punt tour will give you fantastic views of the Cambridge Colleges and other famous sights such as King’s College Chapel and The Wren Library at Trinity College.
Punting, The River Cam
Gardens: Cambridge University Botanic Gardens:
Cambridge is well-known for its beautiful green surroundings. The University Botanic Gardens has over 40 acres of landscaped gardens and glasshouses with inspiring trails that showcase the diverse collection of plants and trees.
Chapels: King’s College Chapel:
Famous for its perpendicular architecture, Kings College Chapel is one of the largest and most recognizable buildings in Cambridge. Built as a place of worship for King’s College scholars, today during term time the choir sings evensong. Admire the fan vaulted ceiling and impressive stain glass windows.
King’s College Chapel Cambridge by Gary Ullah under CC BY 2.0 License
Shopping: Best Streets and Market Locations:
Cambridge offers a great selection of shopping opportunities. For unique shops, head to Market Square, where you can find shops ranging from vintage clothes and special gifts to fine foods and unique bookshops. Rose Crescent and Trinity Street, King Street and Magdalene street have independent shops as well as more well-known high-street names. Nearby is the Grand Arcade, a shopping centre with 60 high street brands and well known stores.
Food and Drink:
Cambridge has a large selection of restaurants, pubs and cafes. Check out Benet Street, Wheeler Street, Market Street and Regent Street to sample the local cuisine and beverage.
**TOUR TO Cambridge**
Many visitors choose to take a tour of Cambridge, often combining it with a visit to Oxford.
Tourist England top ways to see Cambridge:
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How to get to Cambridge:
Cambridge railway station has excellent links to London with a direct service from London King’s Cross and London Liverpool Street stations. Cambridge is well connected to the Northern England and Scotland via Peterborough. There are regular buses that connect Cambridge railway station to the city centre
The National Express Company provide an efficient service, with frequent coaches running to Cambridge from all over the country.
Cambridge is accessible from London and the south via the M11 motorway. From the North of the country, link to the A14 via the A1 or M1.