Things to do in Cambridge, England

Cambridge is a historic English city about 90 miles (140Km) north of London by road. It dates back to at least the 1st century AD but first achieved town status in the 13th century and was an important crossing point of the river Cam. Originally the town was a port, a fact reflected in some of the local names such as the Quayside area.

Today the city is recognised for it’s academic importance and it’s high-tech industries. These are clearly spin-offs from Cambridge University which is known world-wide as a centre of excellence. Visitors can get a real feel for the atmosphere of the city by a trip to the free-to-enter University Museum, the Fitzwilliam Museum.

The city offers a wide range of attractions for those wishing to absorb the cultural scene. There is a wide range of architecture, art galleries, museums and walking and other tours to appreciate and enjoy, as well a river tours and punts for self-hire. If possible try to take in a performance of the King’s College Choir, an event not to be missed. Carols from Kings College is a traditional feature of English life at Christmas.

Situated not far from the M11 motorway the city is easy to get to from all major cities in the UK. There are fast, frequent and reliable coach and train services from all the main airports.

cambridge city centre

Cambridge city centre from an aerial viewpoint

During the summer months Cambridge fizzes with an almost unlimited range of things to see and enjoy. Open-air music shows, a vibrant theatre and artistic scene offering a entertainment to suit any taste, folk festivals, orchestras and groups from many different countries and of course the Cambridge Beer festival. You can drift lazily through the city on the river Cam, take advantage of the large network of cycle paths or simply relax in one of the many parks and recreation areas.

Restaurants abound in the city, and you can find cuisines to meet any taste. For example the award winning vegetarian and vegan menu at the Rainbow Cafe is worth a visit even if you are not vegetarian. You can also find places catering to a range of dishes from many countries, whether your taste runs to Mediterranean dishes, Indian or Oriental cuisine or simply high quality British menus. When the weather is warm why not dine al-fresco at one of the excellent places that cater for it. Along the river banks there are many wonderful restaurants where you can sit and watch the life of the river drift gently by in the sunshine.

Outside of the immediate city you can find a superb range of places to visit. Experience the aristocratic life represented by the many stately homes close by, see the bustle and excitement of market day in a nearby market town or just enjoy a trip along the waterways by boat and capture the peaceful atmosphere of this calm and historic region.

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