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5 Best Things to Do in Cambridge, England
With its beautiful architecture and rich history, not to mention the world-famous university, it’s no wonder that Cambridge is such a popular destination for students to study in. Cambridge is well-known for a long academic history. This article will help you to explore the fantastic and historical destinations, tourist attractions and transportation tips of Cambridge, England!
Visit Cambridge University Colleges
As the second oldest English-speaking university in the world, the iconic Cambridge University is arguably the most popular attraction in Cambridge. The university has over 31 different colleges and 9 museums that are open to the public throughout the year. Throughout your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the history of the university and its famous alumni, while taking in the truly beautiful architecture of the colleges and surrounding buildings.
Many great people, politicians, academics, and scientists have studied at Cambridge. You can feel the truly prestigious academic atmosphere there. You should definitely visit the largest college chapel, found in King’s College, and beautiful The Cambridge University Library. Also, visit Christ's College where scientist Charles Darwin was a student between 1828 and 1831.
Punting on the River Cam
Cambridge and Oxford are quite famous for their boat race (run in London), which is very exciting to see. But you can also enjoy some boat time yourself, by punting in the River Cam. This is one of the most exciting and relaxing activities in Cambridge. Never tried punting? Don’t worry, you can also join a guided tour. The most popular punting tour is 45 minutes long and the trained tour guide explains the long history of university colleges and Cambridge. On the tour, you can see the famous wooden Mathematical Bridge in Queen’s College. If you would prefer to enjoy the views of the river on foot, it’s also possible to walk or cycle along the river’s route.
The Fitzwilliam Museum is one of Britain’s earliest public museums, which opened in 1848. The collection is really rich and vast. There are 5 main sections: Antiquities; Applied Arts; Coins and Medals; Manuscripts and Printed Books; and Paintings, Drawings, and Prints. Spend some time surrounded by history and art.
Cambridge is a great place for shopping, and there are a great variety of shops in the city center. There is also a big market held from Monday to Saturday. You can try fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers and buy unique, handmade craft goods!
The Town of Ely
Ely is perfect for a day trip - only a short train journey from Cambridge station. Ely is famous for the magnificent Norman Cathedral, which was started in 673 and was completed in the mid-12 century. It is one of the largest and the most beautiful cathedrals in the UK. While there, you can also learn some English history at Oliver Cromwell's House (Lord Protector of England).
Our Cambridge English school has a busy social calendar for the Christmas season; there are many events that are planned for our lovely students!
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