Cambridge Travel Guide

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Cambridge Highlights

  • Pro
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     A compact city with lots of green space. 

  • Con
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     Having to pay to visit the colleges! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Cambridge is a brilliant spring excursion from London 

Cambridge Things to Do

  • Punting

    As I made my way along Magdalene Street, I came across a River with lot's of empty Punt's, and lots of Student's trying to take me Punting for a fee. Sorry.... I wasn't interested, and was on my way, only to find another lot, further on. It looks ok, and the few people I saw being punted looked to be enjoying themselve's. I don't know how much the...

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  • King's College

    We attended Eve Song in King's College Chapel on of the days. It was free and it was wonderful. I often listened to this choir singing on cds but had never heard them singing in the chapel, and how amazing it was, an experience that no music lover would deny themselves. We arrived early, had to wait some time outside, when the organ started the...

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  • Walking Around

    There are so many lovely buildings. The university buildings are all over the city. There are lovely churches and amazing houses to look at. Mill road is popular for food and restaurants and the Cambridge market is excellent for browsing.

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Cambridge Restaurants

  • The Eagle

    I would recommend the Eagle rather as a place of interest than a pub. Of course, a drink in the RAF bar and a toast to Crick and Watson, the scientists who met here to discuss their progresses in their DNA research. A commemorative plaque to Crick and Watson, who discovered the secret of the human DNA in 1953, is located in one of the bars. The RAF...

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  • Dojo Noodle Bar

    Fantastic food. Always fresh, realy value for money. Dojo stands out above the rest for its superb value. I go at least once a week. Place is pretty busy most of the time so it can be noisy but its all worthwhile. Tuk Tuk Stir Fry Noodles because its delicious!

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  • Henry's Cafe Bar

    Before we headed off for our punting adventure, we stopped by Henry's for a spot of lunch. We tried to get a riverside seat indoors but there wasn't a large enough table for the 5 of us and a good portion of the restaurant was closed off as it wasn't very busy. Try to grab one of those tables or one outside on the patio. Henry's serves traditional...

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Cambridge Nightlife

  • City Centre Pubs

    Probably, this is my favourite pub in Cambridge. At least, this was one of those pubs where I often brought visitors too or met with friends. Great place with punk/alternative music and the respective audience. A couple of pub games (darts, kicker) are available. Guest ales are often available and there are often special offers (for example buy...

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  • Live Music Venues

    One of the best addresses for live music in Cambridge, it usually becomes pretty full on weekends. The place is divided into two zones, one with the music stage and one which resembles more a classic pub. For some events, you will have to pay an entry fee to see the band(s). I went twice there, once just for a beer and on another day to see some...

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  • Cinemas

    The arts picture house shows cult films from around the world. check out www.picturehouses.co.uk/site/cinemas/cambridge For the American films there is a multi screen cinema in the Grafton Centre(big shopping centre on any town map)

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Cambridge Transportation

  • Driving and Car Parking

    Madingley Road Parking in Cambridge is very expensive with the cheapest about £23 for 5 hours. Park and Ride buses run on a continuous loop between Madingley Road and Newmarket Road, average wait between buses is approximately 10 minutes with the City Centre approximately 12 minutes away. Capacity: 930 cars Monday to Friday: 7:00 am to 8:00...

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  • Buses

    The 'busway' connects Cambridge to St Ives near Cambridge. Built mainly on the bed of an old railway it by-passes the ridiculously over-trafficked A14 dual carriageway. The concrete base has been built at massive expense to allow what are normal buses to be 'guided' in the busway section - allowing for fast travel times on dedicated routes. The...

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  • Trains

    The best way in is probably by train - here's a picture of Cambridge station. From London you can choose to go from either King's Cross or Liverpool Street stations; both sets of services are run by the train company WAGN. There is a cheapish and frequent bus service from London, too, but it can be very slow (about 2 hours - it's normally under an...

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Cambridge Shopping

  • This is Cambridge - great designed gifts

    If you are looking for a more unique souvenir, check out these guys. Some great contemporary designed gifts with some real interesting stories about some of the history of Cambridge. Although they are mainly an online shop, you get your shopping delivered to you in town by bicycle. But I saw them first in the King's College shop on Kings parade and...

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  • Sunday Sales

    The market lies in the centre of the city where locals have traded for at least 700 years. Eery Sunday you can find an interesting mix of Arts, Crafts, Antiques, Speciality Stalls and Food Producers, the Market opens from 10am- 4pm

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  • Important store for confidence...

    Ryder and Amies bills itself as "Tie, scraf & Robe makers. University , Clerical & legal outfitters"Many shops sell 'general' university merchandise with Cambridge university symbols adorning t-shirts, caps, sweatshirts and the like. These items are very popular with visitors.If you are looking for something a bit more exclusive, then this store...

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Cambridge Local Customs

  • The Great Court Run

    This yearly, traditional event has been made famous by the 1981 film “Chariots of Fire” and its even more famous soundtrack. It is a race around the Great Court of Trinity College which has to be completed at noon in the 43 seconds the clock takes to strike 12. Depending on the time when the clock was winded for the last time, the strikes can take...

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  • The King Street Run

    The King Street Run is not only the name of a famous pub in Cambridge (which was actually named after the event). It is a competition where students try to drink one pint at each pub in King Street within a very short time. Although it has its tradition among first year students and is run bi-anually, also others try to finish the course in a...

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  • A Cambridge Controversy

    Have a look at the picture, can you see the way the grass was cut? I hope you can see it.It looks like part of the lawn was mowed in horizontal stripes, the other part in vertical ones.During the guided walk the tour guide showed us the two different ways, and said the left part was mowed by a gardener from King's College, and the part on the right...

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Cambridge Warnings and Dangers

  • Punting

    Getting in and out of the punt wasn't as tricky as you might think, we didn't wobble much at all and I don't think we were in danger of tipping over. But as we were sitting in the punt, Donna's sunglasses fell in the river, fast reflexes prevailed and Donna was able to retrieve them. Not so lucky was Joy who's cellphone went overboard as she was...

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  • Rising Bollards

    In preparation for my journey to Cambridge, I did review all of the tips on VT's Cambridge travel page. The "warning or danger" category only had two entries: punting and rising bollards. I had to read more about both as I thought punting is what the Dallas Cowboys do on fourth down and had absolutely no idea what a rising bollard is. Rising...

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  • Particularly annoying...

    ...are the people who offer you to go punting or to take a guided tour through the town or to take a bus tour or whatever... They roam the streets in front of King's College (particularly Trumpington Street) where most of the tourists are and don't hesitate to bother you five or ten times in a row even if you have repeatedly turned down the offer....

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Cambridge Tourist Traps

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    it only for visit in spring or summer the weather is so cold, raining and sad in winter atum and spring sometimes

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  • 2-Hour Guided Walking Tours-just my 2...

    I did not do one myself because my friend could bring one visitor around the colleges for free but I witnessed some tours when I was visiting the colleges and it did not come across as very value for money. If you are thinking of joining one to meet people, then forget it. The tours that I saw had only 3 or 4 people. Well, the positive side might...

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  • Its cheesy but its fudge!

    The Fudge Kitchen is like an institution in itself in Cambridge- traditional English fudge is still made before your very eyes, by hand, every day and if you're still not sure about it, try out the free sample!It's on King's parade where there are touristy shops everywhere and you will usually get lots of tourist's milling around the shop but...

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Cambridge What to Pack

  • Things to Leave Behind ... And NOT!!!

    Pack up your troubles and leave them behind. You objective is ... to Have Fun! Whatever your idea of fun is, just do it! Leave enough space in your luggage to bring home treasures of your memorable experience.Check on the baggage weight limit for your flight. By no means go overboard, it is a costly mistake. (Unless, of course, money doesn't matter...

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  • Clouds

    Watch out for the rain - here the clouds gather over King's College. It's always a good idea to bring rain gear to Cambridge, or anywehre in Britain for that matter.

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  • History book!

    Bring a history book - so you can find the oldest building in Cambridgeshire. Clue, it's close to the Round Church or Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

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Cambridge Off The Beaten Path

  • Grantchester

    This church is just a few steps away from the tea garden " Orchard ". A graveyard is all around it, many of the tombstones are too withered to read who has been buried there. In front of the altar the floor is made by a large, beautiful mosaic, showing a pelican . This bird is an old symbol for Christianity all throughout Europe, because in...

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  • Wittgenstein's Grave

    This little burial ground with its Neogothic chapel is the final resting place for many Cambridge academics. Probably the most famous is Ludwig Wittgenstein, others include two of Charles Darwin's sons. Wittgenstein's grave is usually covered with small tokens of remembrance, like small coins or stones in the Jewish tradition. This place was even...

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  • Mill Road area pubs

    Mill Road.Seen here in the early morning,but usually busy with people and traffic.The shops,cafes,restaurants and pubs on and around Mill Road are among the best on offer and well worth a wander over this way if you're in town.Very eclectic choice to suit many tastes,up market and down.Indian,Turkish,Chinese food,Middle Eastern hookah pipe coffee...

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Cambridge Sports & Outdoors

  • Cambridge University Boat Club

    Founded in 1828, the Cambridge University Boat Club was formed to race Oxford in the University Boat Race over what has become famous as the Championship Course on the River Thames in London, running from Putney to Mortlake a length of 4.2 miles.The Cambridge team are known as the Light Blues.email info@cubc.org.uk

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  • Cambridge United F.C.

    Although footballs fan in Cambridge have to travel to London (or even further away) to enjoy a live match of the English Premier League, you can enjoy a good old-style football game of the Conference National (5th division from top) at Cambridge. Cambridge United is the City's top club and plays their home matches in the Abbey Stadium....

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  • Want to go swimming?

    There's a very handy swimming pool in Cambridge, right next to Parker's Piece near the city centre. Check the website for a timetable; an adult admission will cost you a fairly pricey 3 pounds 20p. There's also an attached sauna and steam room at extra cost.In the summer there's also the option of an open air swimming pool on Jesus Green. It's best...

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Cambridge Favorites

  • St John's College

    First we saw the St John College while we were punting , later we entered into the college and visited the beautiful Front Gate , First Court , The Chapel ,Chapel Court,Second Court , Third Court ,New Court and Cripps Building as well. The Architecture of this college made me speechless , I could never ever imagine One College Could be so...

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  • King's College

    There are lots of beautiful college buildings in Cambridge but the King's College would have to be one of the most impressive... The Cathedral is absolutely huge and the other buildings around the campus are too!

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  • Punting

    While we were punting down the River Cam we came across the Mathematical Bridge...our guide told us that many years ago the maths students couldn't work out how the bridge was built without any bolts etc so they pulled it apart, then they couldn't get it to go back together without the bolts so they had to use them to join the bridge back...

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