Favorite thing: go SHOPPING! There are many wonderful little side streets and the market square to tempt every shopping enthusiasts.... Shopping along King Street also deserves an entire chapter! It is really quite possible to spend an entire day just shopping around this area i.e. King Street.... filled with record stores, pubs, hair salons and shoe boutiques. Need I say more? :-))
Walk along the river Cam or if you can, float down- or upstream on a boat that is moved by a pushing a stick at undeep bottom of the riverbed (like a gondola). It is a joy to do so and relaxes the mind. It's good I didn't study here as I would only try to major in this (besides playing cricket and laying on the wonderful grassfields).
Fondest memory: The view from Saint Mary's churchtower.
Punting is the most important activity. You can choose the punters or do it by yourself! (If you think you're strong enough because it's not easy to do well). The best time to go is from April to July/August (depends on the weather).
Fondest memory: After punting, you can go to the tradition 'bear' shop...am I look like a bear?
Fondest memory: Cambridge is perhaps at its best during the summer months. The city is pretty busy then but there's always the option to escape the city centre crush by visiting the local parks or a riverside pub. The photo is of Jesus Green, which is a large green space down by the River Cam and is not far from the city centre. It's very popular as a sun bathing spot on sunny days and there are plenty of trees for shade should you need it. Be sure to have a drink in the Spade and Beckett a nice pub just by the river
Fondest memory: Here a lady of the station security railtrack was in charge of helping passengers to find out their soonest possible train... and after an anxious and noisy waiting... anxious because news or infos never seemed to appear on the timetable and noisy because a lot of people was complaining, the loudspeaker said that people directed to Cambridge could take a train to a smaller station from where a train would have left...
Fondest memory: Then, while I was in vain trying to ask the driver how many stops to mine, a nice black man offered to tell me where to get out ... only we passed up the stop because the gas leak was exactly at King's Cross: no bus was allowed to stop and the whole station was at a stand still... so a young lady proposed to me a further and smaller station from where slow trains left to Cambridge but in the end, as when one suddenly realizes something, added that it wasn't such a good idea... so I get off the bus the next allowed stop and reached King's Cross on foot...
While trying to reach the other side of a traffic-congested street, I had a look at the bus timetable of the stop I was passing by so why not a bus instead as there was one to my station...
The bus to King's Cross was of course overcrowded but the lady in charge of speeding up the people packing in the lower deck of a typical red double decker bus... and yes, there is a person in charge for this!!!... left me stand in the lower deck because of my fairly big luggage... she was shouting at people who didn't seem to want to move up but to me she said: you are all right... :-)
Fondest memory: I left Bristol around the middle of the morning and I was supposed to reach Cambridge in the early afternoon but in London, while going from Paddington Station to King's Cross, we passengers were adviced we had to change mean of transport because of a gas leak in the underground and I found myself looking for a taxi in the Planetarium zone, which I knew to be only thanks to the big sign on the building itself...
Fondest memory: It cannot really be defined my fondest memory but in a sort of bad luck I had, I have met nice and helpful people and I don't really consider it a misfortune... but let's start from the beginning: the idea was born because I have always liked foreign languages and in 1987 I got the Certificate of Proficiency in English Language of Cambridge University which meant fairly a lot to me... anyway as I took the exam from an examination centre here in Italy, I had never seen this town and as the flight back from my visit to Bristol was very early in the morning, why not to choose Cambridge among the towns nearer the airport?
Punting on the River Cam.
You can punt between Grantchester and Jesus Lock, by Jesus Green, a route which takes you along the Backs (the backs of some of the older Cambridge colleges).
Fondest memory: Cambridge is a lovely City and so many memories it is tough to pick the best, but I guess sitting in a punt being coseted with a picnip hamper full of yummy food and Strawberry and cream with Champagne. That is pure heaven.
Scudamore's Punting Company
Favorite thing: The colleges contain the great architectural treasures of Cambridge. Founded not by remote bureaucrats, but by kings, queens (Queens' was founded by two queens), bishops, nobles, guilds and rich widows, they attracted powerful patrons and large endowments of land and money. Such wealth, plus natural discrimination, led the colleges to use the best architects - whether unknown Tudor masons, Sir Christopher Wren or Powell and Moya - to create beautiful buildings that reflect perfectly 700 years of British architectural heritage. It is a heritage symbolised by the soaring windows and fan vaults of King's College Chapel.
Favorite thing: Yet Cambridge was important long before the University existed. Here, at the meeting of dense forests to the south and trackless, marshy Fens to the north, was the lowest reliable fording place of the River Cam, or Granta. In the first century BC an Iron Age Belgic tribe built a settlement on what is now Castle Hill. Around 40years later the Romans took over the site and it became the crossing point for the Via Devana which linked Colchester with the legions in Lincoln and beyond. The Saxons followed, then the Normans under William the Conqueror, who raised a castle on a steep mound as a base for fighting the Saxon rebel, Hereward the Wake, deep in the Fens at Ely. The motte of William's castle still stands and Ely Cathedral is visible from the top on a clear day.
Go punting on the cam river, and if you want to sit back and relax hire someone else to do it for you.
Fondest memory: My best time was at Quinn's Irish pub. They are the nicest people, they make anyone feel like family there.
Favorite thing: It's amazing the things you discover when walking around. There's so many little, interesting things to see. This city is so cultural. Was surprised to find this amazing sundial on top of a building down another narrow street.
Favorite thing: Walk round. We just walked around. Take in the atmosphere. Notice the old buildings and narrow streets. It's really an amazing place. We even found a street of little old cottages. They were beautiful. It was so unusual finding the row of cottages among the tall buildings and university colleges. They were on Orchard Street.
We enjoyed a one-night stay here. The staff is young, pleasant and very efficient, and that includes...more
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A10 A142 Roundabout, Witchford Road, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB6 3NN, United Kingdom
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo