Visiting Cambridge - Cambridgeshire

Description of Cambridge

Cambridge is home of the world famous University, carols at King's College Chapel and punting on the river Cam. Cambridge is a compact city which mixes outstanding old and new architecture. The beauty of its ancient centre is preserved with its medieval streets, its college courts, its gardens and bridges.

Inside info

Cambridge University consists of a number of semi-independent colleges, many central, some up to 3 miles from the town centre. There is a good selection for sightseeing. Most of the colleges within the central area are worth a look, if you have the time.Punting is a must to do in Cambridge. The activity involves getting in a long wooden boat and pushing a pole against the shallow river bottom. Take strawberries and champagne to savour as you glide down the river. You can either travel along the Backs or head out towards the village of Grantchester. Guided tours are also available from £10 per person, but self-hire is more enjoyable. The 14th Cambridge Winter Ale Festival is held at The University Social Club in Mill Lane from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd January. The gastronomic event features over 100 beers and cider with the emphasis on seasonal ales and winter warmers but plenty of ‘session’ beers as well. (Admittance: £2.50).‘Be My Baby’ is performed at the ADC Theatre on Saturday night. It is set in 1964, Mary is nineteen and in love with her Dansette record player. She lives in a nice house with nice parents and has a nice job in a bank. Life is perfect, until Mary discovers she is pregnant. Things like that do not happen to nice girls. Society hides its bad girls away. Set to the irresistible music of the 1960s, ‘Be My Baby’ is guaranteed to make you laugh and cry. (Starting at 11pm / £6-£4) Where to stay?The LensfieldA charming and elegant 3 star hotel in the heart of the historic city. Highly recommended. (Double room: £95).53-57 Lensfield RoadCambridge, CB2 1ENWhere to eat?Rainbow CaféThe café serves a whole range of very tasty dietary meals, included vegan food. 9A King's ParadeCambridge, CB2 1SJ

Did you know ?

One of the most famous rock'n'roll bands of all time was formed in Cambridge: Pink Floyd. Syd Barrett was brought up in the city. Roger Waters, the other co-founder, later went to Cambridgeshire High School for Boys with him.

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Situated on the River Cam in Cambridgeshire, East of England, Cambridge has a population of about 130,000. This British city is known for the University of Cambridge which was founded in 1209 and is usually ranked as one of the top five universities in the world. This student town is also part of the high-technology centre called Silicon Fen. In the summer, tourists and locals alike can enjoy the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, eight weeks of open-air performances of William Shakespeare’s works. The climate of this city is a maritime one greatly influenced by the Gulf Stream. It is located in the driest region of the UK with an average rainfall of 570mm. Summers are somewhat hotter than areas west with average temperatures around 23°C. Winters see little snow accumulations with temperatures around 1°C.