Cambridge has so much to offer and show off, and it goes without saying what a beautiful city it is. Cambridge is, of course, synonymous with the University, whose stunning buildings and quadrangles date from the early 13th century. To walk through these squares is to trace the steps of such historical figures as Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and William Wilberforce. The colleges include medieval chapels and refectories, beautiful artworks and cloistered gardens to take you out of the present day.
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If you follow the pretty banks of the river Cam you can see the Backs – the rear gardens of the Cambridge colleges that are maintained in beautiful splendour by dedicated armies of gardeners. In spring especially, the carpets of daffodils and crocus make a breath-taking sight. The best way to see these gardens is to hire a punt to take you downriver. If you feel confident you can try using the pole yourself, though you may want to hire a chauffeured punt if you’d rather be in the hands of an experienced polesman who can also give you a guided tour as you go.
Cambridge offers many properties to rent, including short term flats, near the city centre. Wherever you stay in this wonderfully flat and pedestrian-friendly city, you’re guaranteed to be a short walk or bike ride to all of the attractions. There is also an open-top tour bus that will show you the sights and help you get your bearings in the city.
The Fitzwilliam museum on Trumpington Street has an impressive collection of antiquities from Egypt, Greece and Rome, English and European glass and pottery, jades from China, and ceramics from Japan and Korea. The Cambridge and County Folk Museum will show you how people lived in this area over the years, in the marsh lands around Cambridge (The Fens) since 1700. Kettle’s Yard on Castle Street is a modern art museum with substantial collections and regular exhibitions and musical events.
Cambridge market is one of the few markets in the country that opens seven days a week, 362 days of the year. It only ever closes on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. It sells everything from fresh produce, meat, fish and cheese to flowers, jewellery, leather goods, and a unique outdoor hairdresser! It’s one of the oldest markets in England, having been granted a Royal charter in 973AD.
Whether you visit Cambridge for its historical colleges, beautiful gardens or thriving city centre, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.
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