History of Cambridge
Favorite thing: The Romans built the first town although there is evidence of an original settlement north of the river, on Castle Hill that predates this. The Anglo-Saxons also established a settlement on Castle Hill as it could be easily defended; this was followed by a castle that was built by the Normans in 1068. In the early years the town was known as Grantabrycge, followed by Grentebrige or Cantebrigge, eventually the town became Cambridge.Related to:
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Visiting the pubs
Favorite thing: Cambridge has a little less than 100 pubs and the number keeps reducing. Nevertheless, there are excellent pubs among the remaining ones. There is a pub for every taste in Cambridge, ranging from a high-class gastronomical experience to a beer and football watering hole. Depending on the pub, you will see also other activities like quiz nights, “Meet the Brewer”, dart games, pool tables in an amount which few cities of Cambridge's size have to offer. Needless to say that opening times and kitchen time vary by pub.
In my many nights out in Cambridge, I went to more than the half of them. These are the best ten in my opinion, in no particular order:
-King Street Run (punks, rockers, students – liked the kind of people and the music they played there. My favourite on Friday evening and any football match day!)
-White Swan (An Irish pub without being stereotype, the sandwiches are good value for the money, very nice staff)
-The Geldart (Best food for a pub!)
-The Flying Pig (not a classic British pub, but could be a student and alternative bar of continental Europe)
-The Earl of Derby (Good Full English breakfast, I really loved their jam sessions on weekends)
-The Eagle (Itself a landmark on its own, it is home of the famous RAF bar and the place where the secret of the DNA was revealed)
-The Empress (famous for its quiz nights!)
-Live and Let Live (Great choice of bottled beer from all over Europe!)
-Quinn's (Plastic Paddy pub with more character than most chain pubs in Cambridge)
-Regal (A Wetherspoon's – but the UK's largest pub, located in a former cinema lobby)
A honorary mention goes to “The Mitre” which was among my favourite pubs. However, I don't know if it is still the same after the refurbishment and the changes in mid-2011. I also visited the “Anchor” and “the Rock” quite often, but the main reason was to see friends (Anchor) or because it was the pub closest to my home (Rock).
For a listing of Cambridge pubs, check out Tim Mills' and Daniel Gordon's site as below. The site hasn't been updated for a couple of years, which means that some pubs do not exist any more or in a completely different way. Anyway, it gives you still a good overview where to find them and what to expect. Please also check out my tips on the different pubs for further details. I have listed some pubs in the restaurant and some others in the nightlife section, depending of wether I would go there just for a meal or rather to drink beer and enjoy music. However, that doesn't mean that you could not enjoy meals at nightlife pubs or get a pint of Guinness at a restaurant pub.
Fondest memory: http://www.cambridge-pubs.co.uk/Related to:
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Washing your clothes - Monarch Coin Laundrette
Favorite thing: Washing your clothes can be quite inconvenient, depending where excatly you are based in Cambridge. There are enough dry cleaners, but these are not the best (nor the cheapest...) solulion, if you have a pile of shirts, socks and underwear to wash. There are a couple of coin-operated laundrettes, but these are usually located in the outskirts of Cambridge. The most centrally located is Monarch Coin Laundry at Mill Road. It probably does not look modern, but completely fulfill your needs.
Washing costs 3 GBP per washing, unfortunately I don't remember the prices for detergent and tumble drying. I just remember that the useful coins were 1 GBP and 20p as the old machines don't take other ones....
Monarch Laundry is located at 161 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3AN. It is located just over the rail bridge(seen from the city centre), not far from TESCO Express and the "Earl of Beaconsfield" Pub.
Fondest memory: Other than this, I only knew of one laundry located in the Cherry Hinton Road area and another in Chesterton.Related to:
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What a bloody cheek !
Favorite thing: If you mention the word 'Cambridge' virtually anywhere in the world people associate it with the world-class University of Cambridge. It is a byword for academic excellence, research and nobel prizes as small change.
I think it is therefore quite wonderfully cheeky that at Cambridge Railway station the signs have the line 'Home of Anglia Ruskin University' under them all. Anglia Ruskin, to the best of my knowledge, has never won a Nobel prize. I doubt it has ever one a prize. If you put Anglia Ruskin into google pictures, then one of the first returns is of a homeless man with 'alumni of Anglia Ruskin' underneath.
I don't even know where it is. So, don't be deceived - there really is only one proper university in this town !
Favorite thing: There are no left luggage facilities at Cambridge train station , but the bike store nearby provides this service. very convenient, when you have a train out of Cambridge and want to walk around the town a bit , without carrying all your bags.
It's £ 4 a bag, no screening. Step out of the station and turn right, cross the parking lot and you see the large building. The entrance is down the parking lot.
Visiting the Colleges
Favorite thing: If you go to Cambridge, you are sure coming to see one of the world-famous college forming the University of Cambridge. First, you have to know that there are 31 colleges, that means that you are surely not going to see all of them. Keep to four or five, with Kings’, Queens’, Clare and Trinity College to be the most recommended. Peterhouse College is the oldest one, dating from 1248, but has not as much to offer as those mentioned. Almost all colleges collect an entry or passing fee, in case of the passing fee you are entitled to pass through the College for the whole day. As these are working universities, please understand that not all buildings and facilities are permanently open to visitors. Explore the ancient halls, but treat them with respect and keep in mind that there are students learning at the same time you are walking through their college. It is recommended to visit the websites of the respective colleges before visiting and check out opening times. During exam time, between April and June, almost all Colleges are closed.
Have fun!Related to:
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Favorite thing: This college is one of the smaller colleges in Cambridge made famous by being the last college to admit women. It was only in 1988 when the first woman gained admittance to this college, the men wore black armbands and flew the flag at half mast in protest when the women joined.
Some of the famous people who attended Magdalene College is the great London diarist Samuel Pepys (who watched London burning in the great fire of London). Others include
CS Lewis (author) & Simon Ambrose (winner Apprentice no 3)
Photos of Cambridge
Favorite thing: I have a photo album which i am building of general shots of Cambridge; the famous and the ordinary, throughout the year.
Please hit the "Cambridge" tab on my football website at www.cambscityfc.co.ukRelated to:
Favorite thing: Christ's College was the first college we came across while walking around in Cambridge...it's a smaller college than most but the grounds and buildings are very beautiful. It's worth having a look at if you can...Related to:
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Training for the boat race Perhaps??
Favorite thing: The sunday we were in Cambridge they unfortunately lost the boat race to rivals Oxford.
The first ever boat race was on 12 March 1829. It was the idea of two friends one a Cambridge student and the other an Oxford student (William Wordsworth's nephew) Cambridge lost that day as they did this year!
Along the river are the boat houses for the boats and they all have their own style and you can see many rowers training on the river - Looks like hard work to me.
Lunch at the Anchor
Favorite thing: This is a lovely pub right on the River Cam where the punts are moored.
I had the aubergine and pasta bake with chips and peas and Petra had the tuna salad and it came to around 13 GBP. Very reasonable!
Lunch was followed by *afters* ! Petra had the hot chocolate fudge cake and icecream, and I had the toffee icecream sundae, for 3 GBP each. *mmmmmm* YUMMY!!
Favorite thing: There are 31 colleges in Cambridge, comprising the legendary University. Few of them are opened to public, but here are some of your study options:))) :
- Corpus Christi College
- Emmanuel College
- Jesus College
- King's College
- Magdalene College
- Pembroke College
- Queen's College
- Senate House
- St. John's College
- Trinity College
The Cam Bridge
Favorite thing: We had heard of Cambridge for literally decades, but had no idea where the name came from until we visited. Those who live nearby or are more familiar with the area may think it is very elementary, but it came as a revelation to us to learn that both the town and the university are named for an actual bridge which crosses the Cam River at this spot. The Cam is not a large river and the bridge is not particularly impressive, but it dates back for many hundreds of years. This picture is of our nephew, Alan Wheeler, with the Cam Bridge behind him.Related to:
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American Military Cemetary at Madingley
Favorite thing: Just outside Cambridge sits the American Military Cemetary at Madingley. First established on 7 December 1943, the 30.5 acres that make up the cemetary were donated by the University of Cambridge. This particular site was chosen not only because of the scenic grandeur, but also because a large proportion of American casualties occurred in this general area of East Anglia. Nearly 9,000 gravestones carved from Italian white marble mark the graves of U.S. servicemen who died during World War II.
Selwyn College 2
Favorite thing: Selwyn College is one of the thirty-one colleges that make up Cambridge University. It is also the college where I lived and took classes during the Summer of 1991. Selwyn College is just a short walk west from the city center, though having a bicycle is a good idea for getting around. If you're in town for an extended time it is very much worth your while to rent a bicycle from one of the many bike shops in town. This proved to be absolutely invaluable to me during my stay.
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