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Apurva_N Apurva_N
55 reviews
Cam and calm Jul 28, 2013
Cambridge is an amazing city ... even if you are just visiting ... my list of tips will be different, having studied there, but from a travel perspective.... do go punting on the river Cam, visit the Colleges for the feel and architecture (especially Kings, Trinity and Johns), visit nearby Grantchester village and laze in the Orchard there (the haunt of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, Rupert Brooke and others of the Bloomsbury Group), laze around in Jesus Green, have a pint at the nearby pub, visit Heffers and the loads of other bookshops there, stroll around the Market Square, eat at a riverside restaurant or cafe, watch a play in the one of the college gardens, and attend a lecture or so if you can... easily reached from London in less than an hour by train ...
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joseph98 joseph98
103 reviews
A Delight Oct 11, 2013
Think University education in the UK and the two places that spring to mind are Oxford and Cambridge. Whilst the former tends to be seen as THE place to go for the terribly clever, its upstart younger sibling (in the sense that Cambridge University was founded by a group of disgruntled former Oxford dons) is probably the more attractive for visitors.

Oxford may have the Thames, but Cambridge has the Cam, which is a far more serene river to sail down...or should I say punt down: 'punting' is the quintessential Cambridge experience. Be wary should you opt to have a go at punting yourself: it's more difficult than it looks.

The architecture of this small but lively city is steeped in history and tradition, and the cobblestone lanes, resplendent college buildings and immaculate lawns lend everything a grand, noble air. Some might even say a somewhat arrogant, stuffy and snobbish air, but that is the legacy of class obsession in Britain I suppose...

For Cambridge is not a cheap place, even by the expensive standards of the UK as a whole. There are lots of great pubs and restaurants, but you'd do well to find one that could be described as 'budget'. Nonetheless, Cambridge is an enviably photogenic little gem of a city.
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joseph98 says:
Yep, will do when I go there next - haven't been for some time!
Posted on: Jul 05, 2014
cotton_foam says:
I hope you'll write about Oxford?! :) -- one of my dream destination :))
Posted on: Jul 04, 2014
shelbasor shelbasor
2 reviews
Punting in Cambridge Jul 02, 2011
Cambridge is a beautiful place to go. It's a pretty short walk into the middle of town from the train station, or you can rent a bike. There are tons of bikes there. It's wonderful to walk around the city, looking at buildings but I really suggest punting. You go down the river in a boat and your guide tells your about all the different buildings. It was really interesting and relaxing. You can also rent a boat and try punting yourself if you're really adventurous.
limoni limoni
3 reviews
The town with bridge on Cam, Cambridge Jun 22, 2011
Ok, main tourist destination in England is London, but I would add Cambridge to the must-see list. If you catch trains from London King's Cross station, it only takes 45 mins to get to Cambridge. It might be a good idea to grab a map from the station if you do not have one already. There is no need to take the buses to the town center from the train station as it's in walking distance. If you are lucky with weather and enjoy plants you might just start exploring it from Botanical Garden which is very close to the station. But be careful not to loose too much time as the colleges and Chapel are closing not too late. I would recommend punting or canoeing in the river, at least, sitting along the river and watching people punting...
josephinet josephin…
3 reviews
Full of historical buildings with distinctive features... Apr 23, 2011
As a fan of Harry Potter series, for my London trip, I added Cambridge to be one of the destinations I had to visit. And I was not disappointed. It was a nice place with lots of historical buildings and an outlet for you to shop!

The weather was nice and I gotta see the stone in memory of the famous Chinese alumi of cambridge. His poem was amazing.
the famous poem from the famous Ch…
Proppi Proppi
4 reviews
Sep 27, 2007
The best thing to do in Cambridge (according to me is a trip on the river cam by pinting. On a nice and sunny day it is fantastic to see the university city from a completely different point of view.

So find one of the many students asking you to pint you on the cam and the trip starts. Many of them can tell you a lot about all the colleges, courtyard, curches and bridges.

But just in case u should have some clothes to change with you because many clubs are renting some boats to pint themselves. This may cause a lot of wet clothes so something dry would be good ;)

And when u wander around the city try to get some views into the colleges and u have to visit the decendant of Newton's apple tree.

So have fun in Cambridge then!
bridge of sighs
cool sky
mathematical bridge
emb61 says:
Heya! It's not "pinting" it's "punting"! and you have to try to do it yourself! great fun and not that difficult
Posted on: Nov 11, 2007

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