Cambridge is a pretty university town idyllically located on the River Cam and is a perfect 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.
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 it’s impossible not to stumble across the many other colleges as you stroll around the town centre, so really let your nose guide the way!
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.
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.
TOUR TO Cambridge & Oxford
Check out this Oxford and Cambridge Day Tour and spend a day visiting both unversity towns.