Travel & Tourism Tips

Cambridge is a university town rich with history, its colleges having been added to over the century by patrons from circles of Royalty and the aristocracy, resulting in an environment that visually reflects the past seven hundred years of European architecture.

The banks of the River Cam, or the “Backs”, are blanketed with flowers during the months of summer and spring, making these the ideal seasons for visits. Travellers can treat themselves to first-class accommodation and a wealth of shopping and entertainment choices, in one of England’s most favourite tourist spots.

Main Attractions

University of Cambridge

 

kings college cambridgeFounded in 1209, this is one of the oldest universities in the world today. It is comprised of 31 Colleges, each functioning as an independent institution with its own income and property. Peterhouse is the oldest College, established by the Bishops of Ely. Christ’s College (founded by the mother of Henry VII) was attended by Charles Darwin and John Milton.

The famous Trinity College was founded by Henry VIII and is the largest college on campus. It houses Christopher Wren’s world-renowned library, were luminaries such as Lord Byron, Sir Isaac Newton, Tennyson and William Thackeray used to study. Amidst the University’s many museums, travellers make it a point to visit here during their stay, to walk around the buildings, marvel at the architecture, and experience the deep sense of history that the surroundings convey.

Website: www.cam.ac.uk

Transport: All Colleges are within walking distance of the city centre

Opening time: The colleges and museums have different opening times

Museum of Technology

The Old Pumping Station, Cheddars Lane, off RiversideMuseum of Technology

The museum contains a preserved Victorian Pumping Station, as well as an exhibit of various engines, pumps and boilers. Local artefacts are also displayed, plus a complete working print room.

The museum is open (with the engines turned off) every Sunday from Easter to November, and only the first Sunday in every month from November to Easter, 2pm-5pm.

The pumping engines are switched on during Bank Holidays and a few other weekends between 11am – 5pm. Admission is charged. Refreshments and souvenirs available.

Fitzwilliam Museum

Trumpington Street

Fitzwilliam MuseumTwo main galleries are featured:

The Upper Galleries contain paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, furniture and majolica. The British collection includes works by Blake, Hogarth and Constable.

The Lower Galleries showcases artefacts from the ancient civilisations of Egypt, Rome, Greece and Asia. On display are preserved manuscripts, ceramics, textiles and glasswork.

Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays 2.15pm-5pm. Galleries may have to be closed in exceptional circumstances.

Closed Mondays except Easter Monday, and the Spring and Summer Bank Holidays. Closed Good Friday and December 24 to January 1 inclusive.

Churches of Special Interest

Great St. Mary’s, Market Hill. Churches of Special Interest
The University Church. The tower is accessible for a small fee, offering a breathtaking view of the city.

Little St. Mary’s, Trumpington Street.
Known as St. Peter’s prior to its renovation, it was the Peterhouse College Chapel until 1632, and to this day a covered gallery connects it to the College.

The Round Church (Holy Sepulchre), Bridge Street
This unusual church dates back to 1130 and was based on Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

St. Benet’s Church, Benet Street .
This is Saxon-built tower, dating back to 1050 and is the oldest structure in Cambridge.

Backs & Bridges

Backs & BridgesKnown to the locals as the “Backs”, this refers to a charming stretch along the River Cam that goes North past a number of colleges; Magdalene, St. John’s, Trinity, Trinity Hall, Clare, King’s, Queen’s and Darwin.

The bridges that cross over the river are also famous, such as the original Mathematical Bridge built by James Essex in 1749 to join both the old and new sections of Queens College. Using an ingenious Chinese design, the structure was held together by the application of geometric principles, rather than nails. The bridge has seen two renovations since then, this time with nails, and the most recent rebuilding was in 1904.

Built in 1638, Clare Bridge is the oldest. Another famous bridge is the Bridge of Sighs which was built in 1831, based upon its Venetian namesake.

Tours Around Cambridge

Walking Tours:

A wonderful introduction to the city is an Official Guided Walking Tour. Conducted daily, the 2-hour tours leave from the Tourist Information Centre in Wheeler Street. Book at least half an hour ahead since each tour only has a limited number of places. On summer nights there are “Drama Tours” where costumed actors play the part of historical figures such as Isaac Newton and Henry VIII. Blue Badge Guides oversee each tour; any group visiting one of the colleges must be accompanied by a qualified Guide.

For more details, prices and to book tickets contact the Tourist Information Centre

Open Bus Tours:

The Cambridge Tour takes you through many of the main colleges, offering idyllic views of the “Backs” of the River Cam, and a visit to the American Military Cemetery at Madingley.

Many trips leave during the day, starting at Cambridge Railway Station, with a number of stops along the way.

Details and tickets are available from The Guide Friday Tourism Centre and the Tourist Information Centre.

Selected Hotels & Hostels

Goose Hall Farm
Ely Road
Waterbeach
Cambridge
CB5 9PG

Sleep Inn Cambridge
Cambridge Services
A14 Boxworth
Cambridge
CB3 8WU

University Arms Hotel
Regent Street
Cambridge
CB2 1AD

The Gate Lodge
2 Hinton Road
Fulbourn
Cambridge
CB1 5DZ

Arundel House Hotel

Chesterton Road
Cambridge
CB4 3AN

Denmark House
58 Denmark Road
Cottenham
Cambridge
CB4 8QS

Hotel Felix
Whitehouse Lane
Huntingdon Road
Cambridge
CB3 0LX

The Conifers
213 Histon Road
Cambridge
CB4 3HL

Where to Eat in Cambridge

street of restaurantsRecommended Restaurants

 

Al Casbah

62 Mill Rd
Cambridge
CB1 2AS

Ancient Shepherds
5 High St
Fen Ditton
CB5 8ST

Benedetto D
12 Market Hill
Cambridge
CB2 3NJ

Bengal Restaurant
4 Fitzroy St
Cambridge
CB1 1EW

Bombay Restaurant
30 Bridge St
Cambridge
CB2 1UJ

Browns
23 Trumpington St
Cambridge
CB2 1QA

Bruno’s Brasserie
52 Mill Rd
Cambridge
CB1 2AS

Cafe Trinity
15 Trinity St
Cambridge
CB2 1TB

Recommended Pubs

Qi Lounge
10-15 Market Passage
Cambridge
CB2 3PF

Admiral Vernon
31 High St
Over
CB4 5NB

Alexandra Arms
22-24 Gwydir St
Cambridge
CB1 2LL

Bakers Arms
4 Hinton Rd
Fulbourn
CB1 5DZ

Bakers Yard
176 East Rd
Cambridge
CB1 1BG

Barley Mow
7 High St
Histon
CB4 9JD

Bell
2 West Wickham Rd
Balsham
CB1 6DZ

Blackamoors Head
205 Victoria Rd
Cambridge
CB4 3LF

Useful Links & Resources

To add your site to the list of Cambridge Useful Links click here

Roads and Transport – Cambridgeshire Bus Timetables & A-Z village names http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/

www.stagecoachbus.com/

Cambridge Community Radio www.209radio.co.uk

Cambridge Online city: www.colc.co.uk/

Cambridge Tourist Information Centre, Wheeler Street

Provides information on Cambridge and the local events, as well as general information about the surrounding areas. Guide books, postcards, maps and souvenirs can be purchased here. If you are looking for accommodation in Cambridge, the Centre can make arrangements for you. Tickets for the Guided Walking Tours of Cambridge are also sold here.

Open Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturdays 10am-5pm. From November to March; Monday to Friday 10am-5.30pm; Saturdays 10am-5pm.
Also open on Sundays and Bank Holidays 11am-4pm from Easter to September.

Guide Friday Tourism Centre, Cambridge Railway Station

The place to go for general tourist information. Maps, guides, leaflets and souvenirs are also available, as well as “Book-A-Bed-Ahead” arrangements for the next city in your itinerary. Guide Friday Open Top Bus Tour tickets are also sold here.

Emergency:

In an emergency dial 999.
Police, Parkside.
Addenbrookes Hospital, Hills Road
Samaritans, 4 Emmanuel Road

Cambridge Central Library:

Lion Yard.

Visit the Reference Library for information on events and travel services. Many reference books, as well as maps and souvenirs, are sold at the Library shop. Open Monday and Thursday 9.30am-7pm , Tuesday, Friday and Saturday 9.30am-5pm , Wednesday 12noon-7pm.

Post Offices:

St. Andrew’s Street, King Street, St. John’s Street, Mill Road .

Foreign Exchange:

Thomas Cook, 32 Market Hill
American Express, 25 Sidney Street

Banks (with 24hour cash machines):

Barclays, 15 Benet Street
HSBC, 32 Market Hill
Lloyds TSB, 6 St Andrew’s Street and 3 Sidney Street
NatWest, 56 St Andrew’s Street
Royal Bank of Scotland , 82 Hills Road and 28 Trinity Street

Transport Services

Trains:

National Rail Enquiries http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

Buses and Coaches:

Enquire at Drummer Street Bus Station.

Cambus (local services)
Cambridge Coach Services
National Express.

Taxis:

Ranks at Kings Parade, Market Square, Fitzroy Street, St. Andrew’s Street, the Railway Station and Drummer Street.

Bike Hire:

Geoff’s Bikes, 65 Devonshire Road
Open 7 days a week, all year round. Also offers afternoon guided cycle tours around Cambridge and all day tours further afield.

University Cycles, 9 Victoria Avenue

Park & Ride:

North: Cowley Road – follow Milton Road.
South: Clifton Road (off Cherry Hinton Road) – follow Hills Road.

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