University of Cambridge

About Cambridge, Guide and Top Tourist Attractions
(Cambridge, Cambridge, England)

Cambridge is located in eastern England, about 80 km / 50 miles northeast of London. The River Cam, from which the city gets its name, runs through its centre and is one of the city's main attractions, next the famous University of Cambridge.

Cambridge is best known for its 800-year-old University, which includes some of the most remarkable buildings and natural sites in the UK. In fact, Cambridge has long been known as a university town, with university students making up a large part of its population. The University's 31 colleges are by themselves major tourist destinations, which such attractions as the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Chapel at Trinity College.

Despite its rural geography, Cambridge is one of England's major centres for business and commerce. It covers much of the Silicon Fen, a cluster of high-tech business establishments. It is home to some of the leading electronics, software, and biotechnology firms in the world, making it the most important technology centre in Europe.

What to do in Cambridge

Despite its young population, Cambridge is a fairly peaceful city, making it ideal for family vacations. Families will enjoy the many parks, botanical gardens, and picnic areas in the city. The Roseberry Tourist Park, a former pear orchard, is perfect for large families. With wide expanses of green lawn for picnics and several attractions nearby, there is sure to be something for everyone.

If you are visiting Cambridge for the first time, a guided walking tour is a great way to get to know the city. Many agencies and independent guides offer half- or whole-day tours, where you can visit the most popular and interesting spots in Cambridge.

If you want to see more of England, try joining a bus tour. Most will take you around historic Oxford and Cambridge, and some will even take you to the beautiful countryside of Ely. Punting on the River Cam is also a popular recreation.

Tourist Attractions

Easily the most famous attraction in Cambridge are the University buildings, many of which date back to the 13th century. Most colleges are open to the public, although some are closed in May and June for exam period. The open area by the River Cam (known locally as The Backs) offers a view of the University's many historic buildings.

Cambridge also has several art galleries and cultural centres. Museums such as the Fitzwilliam hold classic exhibits throughout the year, and Kettle's Yard at the Unviersity contains a contemporary art gallery and music hall.

Cambridge is also home to many beautiful bridges, mostly spanning the River Cam. The bridge at Clare's College is the oldest, built in 1640. It is also the most popular, One of the more interesting bridges, the Mathematical Bridge, can be found at Queen's College. the bridge is made entirely from wood and looks weak and rickety from a distance, but has surprisingly held together for more than 200 years.

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