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Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Visitor & Tourism Guide



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Nearby National Parks and AONBs: The Broads, Dedham Vale, Norfolk Coast, Suffolk Coast and Heaths
Nearby Cities: Ely. A little further away, try London

This is our summary guide to Cambridge. Quickly to identify places to stay and things to do, why not try our 'Top 10 Recommendations' lists below? All recommendations are located on Google Maps, too.

Internationally famous city
Along with Oxford and Bath, Edinburgh and London, Cambridge is one of the UK's most beautiful and popular cities. It attracts huge numbers of international visitors. Owing to its great university, immense intellectual and material wealth have flowed into the city over the centuries and can be seen today in Cambridge's architecture and museums, galleries and streets.

Wander the latter and you'll be following in the footsteps of Sir Isaac Newton and William Wordsworth, Charles Darwin and Oliver Cromwell. Monarchs and Prime Ministers, Nobel Laureates and Heads of State have been educated here. Many of the world's most famous writers and artists, composers and scientists have spent their formative years here. In visiting Cambridge, you're walking through swathes of human history. On a more prosaic note, it's very pretty, too.

Where to start?
As ever with destinations and cities as extraordinary as Cambridge, there's the question of where to start? In keeping with the spirit of PictureTheUK, we'd suggest on foot. It's a pretty small place, so walk it.

We'd suggest starting at St John's College, across the road from The Round Church. Wander down St John's Street into Trinity Street, where you'll usually find large groups of tourists listening to their tour guides explaining the history of the splendid Trinity College, before heading down King's Parade, past King's College, towards Silver Street.

Follow Silver Street to its bridge. From here, you'll see the Mathematical Bridge spanning the River Cam and, especially in summer, large numbers of punts. You're now in The Backs, where you'll find some of the UK's most famous views. Cross the river on Clare Bridge or Garret Hostel Lane Bridge and you'll find yourself in narrow streets that'll take you back to Trinity Street and where you started. It's a short-ish walk and a superb introduction to the city.

Attractions
In addition to its colleges, Cambridge is home to a number of superb attractions. Try the Fitzwilliam Museum and King's College Chapel, go Punting on the River Cam or take a Cambridge Tour Bus. Climb Cambridge Great St Mary's Church for super views of the city and browse its many bookshops.

The local area
If you're staying in Cambridge for a period of time, we'd recommend exploring the local area. To the south, the Imperial War Museum, Duxford is amazing. South east of that is Audley End House and Gardens. To the north east of Cambridge is the magnificent Ely Cathedral. Across the way, we'd suggest you visit Oliver Cromwell's House, too.

A little further away, head for The Broads National Park and the Norfolk Coast AONB, the Dedham Vale AONB and Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB.

London is an easy day trip from Cambridge by train.


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Top 10 Places To Stay
Selected from the best Places To Stay in Cambridge we've listed our top 10.
Top 10 Things To Do
Selected from the best Things To Do in Cambridge we've listed our top 10.

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Parker's Piece, Cambridgeshire

Located in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, East of England, England

Less than a mile away.

Parker's Piece is one of the main parks in Cambridge and consists of 25 acres of flat , square, green open space. There are two main paths which run diagonally across the green and a lamp post at the junction known as "...

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Christ's Pieces, Cambridgeshire

Located in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, East of England, England

Less than a mile away.

Christ's Pieces is one of the important formal parks in Cambridge, covering an area of 10 acres. It is centrally located and used by pedestrians walking between the Grafton shopping centre and the city centre. A Victoria...

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The Sedgwick Museum, Cambridgeshire

Located in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, East of England, England

Less than a mile away.

The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences was first opened in 1912 and is the geology museum of the University of Cambridge. There is a collection of over a million rocks, minerals and fossils including rocks collected by Ch...

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Best Western Gonville Hotel, Cambridge
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Star Rating

Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 73; Rates: 74 - 140 Per Night

Our hotel is an independent family hotel in the heart of one of the worlds most famed, historic and beautiful cities The Gonville Hotel will make sure that your stay in Cambridge will be unforgettable...

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De Vere University Arms Hotel, Cambridge
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Star Rating

Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 120; Rates: 65 - 260 Per Night

Situated in the heart of Cambridge, the University Arms offers a combination of elegance and excellent service Our location, attention to detail and service surpass those demanded of any discerning guest...

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Regent Hotel, Cambridge
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Star Rating

Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 22; Rates: 99 - 147 Per Night

This fine listed building is situated in the heart of Cambridge As a privately owned hotel they take pride in offering a personal, efficient and competitive service at all times...

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