Top attractions in Cambridge
Long hailed as one of the most prestigious university towns any student could dream to live in, Cambridge is a mainstay in the history of education in the United Kingdom. Visiting Cambridge might make you feel scholarly purely by association. While you're in town, take a tour of some of the top spots.
No visit to Cambridge would be complete without stopping by the university itself. The school is the second oldest English speaking university and was founded in 1209. The grounds are as impressive as the history they contain.
Art historians will find some treasures from many time periods at the Fitzwilliam Museum. Those who know the Turner prize will be pleased to find many of Turner's works here. Plus, admission is free.
Horticulturalists will be enthusiastic to see the variety of flora and fauna found at the Cambridge University Botanical Garden. As the seasons change, so do the offerings of the garden.
The former priory is now open to the public. You can take a strolls in the garden, admire the 98 acre grounds and estate, and of course, visit the Abbey itself.
A perfect spot for a picnic, the Backs is the name given to the riverbanks east of Queen's Road. The Backs are a scenic spot to stop and contemplate your application to Cambridge University, or life in general.
The Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences specializes in geology. Courtesy of doctor John Woodward, visitors can see over 10,000 specimens that he collected over 35 years.
If you're interested in the illustrious history of Cambridge, make sure to visit the Museum of Cambridge. The exhibitions are set in a well preserved 17th century house that frames the collection well.
The Kettle's Yard is an art gallery located inside the former home of the Ede family. The works in the space are from the permanent collection amassed by John and Helen Ede while they lived in Cambridge.
The Ely Cathedral is hard to miss due to its prominent placement on an otherwise flat landscape. Make sure to take in the Purbeck marble that decorates the structure.
Dating back to the 13th century, the Church of St Mary the Great is part of the Church of England and is affiliated with Cambridge University and acts as the official university church. As always when visiting churches, be respectful of ongoing services.
As a student town, there are large areas of Cambridge that are easily walkable. You can also bike around or take local buses. Taxis and trains are available at your convenience too.
Unsurprisingly, the warmest summer month is August. You'll find the most rain in December and the coldest temperatures in January. Generally, the whole summer is pleasant even though winters can be quite cold.
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- The best time to visit Cambridge depends on your itinerary. If you want to see the university in full swing, the fall and spring semesters are best. If you're more interested in sightseeing and enjoying a sunny stroll or two, you're better off visiting in summer.
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What people are saying about Cambridge
Fantastic Guided Walking Tour, taking in all the important and interesting sights around Cambridge. Our Guide was very knowledgeable and really gave us an insight into the history & traditions of Cambridge & how it all came about, including modern day Cambridge and student life - very well worth doing
So glad we did this tour! We learnt so much about the history of Cambridge along with legends and stories, and learnt the names of some very famous scholars! Our guide was Francesco and he was so knowledgeable, witty and friendly, highly recommend
It was a lovely experience though it was raining when we had it. Our punting guide Thomas or Adam (forgot his name) was really so knowlegeable and with good sense of humour. Cambridge is very beautiful especially in autumn! A must try.
Catherine was an excellent tour guide. As a recently graduated ex-student she was able to give us great insight into al the history and the rituals of college life, graduation, etc. We loved the whole experience.
Our guide, Kathryn, was excellent. Very personable and knowledgeable giving a great deal of information about the college system as well as the history. Thoroughly enjoyed our tour. A not to be missed experience.