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  • 1. History of Cambridge

    Cambridge, famous for its university, has a rich history dating back long before the students arrived. There is evidence of people living on the site before Roman times. The Romans built the first town at the site, which was a good spot for crossing the River Cam. The Saxons and then the Normans also inhabited the area. The first college, Peterhouse, was built in 1284, and from...Read more there the university grew. Read less

  • 2. Now in Cambridge

    Cambridge is a city steeped in culture and magnificent architecture, mixed with modern buildings. It is full of museums and art galleries and its quaint market place and alleyways give it plenty of character. The university now has 31 colleges. More than 4 million visitors flock to the city every year, making tourism a big industry. It was voted the 4th top UK tourist destinati...Read moreon in 2011 by Tripadvisor. Read less

  • 3. Events in Cambridge

    The Cambridge Folk Festival is a popular and famous music event that takes place in the city every year, attracting people from all over the world. The Midsummer Fair, on Midsummer Common, is an event that has been held since 1211 and includes the usual mix of fair rides and stalls for all the family.

  • 4. Attractions in Cambridge

    The King’s College Chapel is one of Cambridge’s most famous attractions. Tourists can visit any of the colleges, each one having its own story to tell. The colleges all back onto the River Cam, and the view of these famous “Backs” can be seen by boat.

  • 5. Things To Do in Cambridge

    It’s hard to fit everything in during a trip to Cambridge. The sightseeing possibilities are endless, with river tours, bus tours, tours of the colleges and bike tours just some of the things on offer. Braver tourists can hear some spooky stories on one of the ghost tours. There are museums and art galleries to take in as well as theatres. Plenty of green spaces, parks and ga...Read morerdens offer tourists a chance to relax. The popular Cambridge Lakes golf course is just one mile out of town and the Cambridge Leisure Park boasts a 9-screen Cineworld cinema, 28-lane Tenpin bowling, a gym and a café. Read less

  • 6. Business in Cambridge

    The shopping facilities cater for everyone, with a mix of independent shops and boutiques alongside shopping centres and high street names. The markets also add to the shopping experience. There is a huge range of restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from in the city.

  • 7. Transport in Cambridge

    The railway station is just 15 minutes’ walk from the centre and has regular services to London. Trains from Scotland and the north link via Peterborough. There are regular coach services from London. To travel by car, the M11 leads to Cambridge from London. The A14 runs straight into Cambridge and links to the east and west or to the A1 and M1 from the north. London Stansted...Read more airport is 30 miles to the south, and London Gatwick and Heathrow and Birmingham International Airport are all easy to get to. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment in Cambridge

    The Cambridge Corn Exchange is a music, comedy and entertainment venue and hosts big names and shows. The Cambridge Arts Theatre offers the chance to see many award-winning plays. There are plenty of other theatres and venues to choose from.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Cambridge

    Castle Hill, in the centre of the city, is an historical spot. The Normans built a castle here and Castle Mound, at the top of the hill, is all that remains of this. The hill also offers great views of the city’s buildings.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Cambridge

    Oliver Cromwell went to Cambridge’s Sidney Sussex College. Some people believe the remains of his skull have been buried there.


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