Cambridgeshire Things to Do

  • Peterborough Cathedral at night
    Peterborough Cathedral at night
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  • "Bridge of Sighs"
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  • Kings College from main Street.
    Kings College from main Street.
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Cambridgeshire Things to Do

  • Punting

    Cambridge Things to Do

    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

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    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

    Cambridge Things to Do

    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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  • Round Church

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    The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is one of only four surviving round churches in England and was built around 1130 by the Fraternity of the Holy Sepulchre. It started its life as a wayfarers' chapel but soon became a parish church serviced by the Austin Friars from the nearby Hospital of St John. Although no longer an active parish church it does...

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  • Trinity College

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    The Great Gate, begun in 1490 is the entrance to King's Hall and was completed in 1535; it is the largest of all the college gates. The Great Gate is also home to the famous statue of founder Henry VIII whose sceptre was replaced by a chair leg by students in the 19th century. The tourist porter at the Great Gate is available to let visitors know...

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  • St John's College

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    The Faculty of Divinity, a theological faculty, was once housed in the beautiful building in front of St. John’s. The building is richly decorated, but the details almost seem suffocating. The neogothic building was designed by Basil Chempneys and built between 1878 and 1879. Although predominantly neogothic, it has incorporated many styles and...

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  • River Cam

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cambridge Things to Do

    As well as the classic punts along the college 'backs' you can take a river tour out from Jesus Lock towards the countryside. 'Rosie' does regular timetabled trips during the week or bespoke tours. Contact the skipper on camboats@hotmail.co.uk or call 07706 734763 Short round trips, Cream teas, Fish and chips, Nature tours etc.

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  • Duxford Air Museum

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    It is thirty years since I last visited Duxford and still have the guide plus some paperwork from that visit. For anybody interested, the admission at that time was £1.50 (yes, one pound fifty) which apparently equates to £4.20 in today’s money. There’s no question that a lot has changed, not least the new buildings that provide impressive and...

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  • Fitzwilliam Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    The Fitzwilliam Museum is Cambridge University’s free public museum and specialises in art and antiquities, the museum and was founded in 1816 with the bequest of the library and art collection of the 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam. The museum is housed in a sprawling complex that includes the original, 19th century founders building as well as several...

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  • Parks and Green Spaces

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    Cambridge truly is a green city – the natural fen landscape flows right into the centre along the river Cam, cows grazing within sight of Kings College Chapel. You can picnic under the trees along The Backs and admire the stunning displays of flowering bulbs in Spring, or while away the hours in beautifully kept College grounds and Fellows gardens....

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  • Great St Mary's

    4 out of 5 stars

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    Great St Mary’s is the University Church. There has been a church on the site since at least 1200 and the present building dates from the late 15th century. The tower was completed in 1608, and you can go up to see view's over Cambridge and the College's. The chimes from its clock tower were copied for the Westminster chimes at Big Ben in...

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  • Queens' College

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Let's start with formalities: Queens' is called Queens' and not Queen's. It was founded by Margaret of Anjou in 1448 and refounded by Elizabeth Woodville, Queen consort of Edward IV., in 1465. Thus: Two Queens. Like the big neighbouring Colleges, it has a lot of beautiful buildings to see. The College is separated by the Cam into the "dark side"...

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  • Clare College

    4 out of 5 stars

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    This large college, located directly next to kings, has some beautiful gardens. Beside for its elegant buildings, it is known for its bridge and the anecdote behind it. Clare Bridge was built in the 17th century, making it the oldest still existing bridge in Cambridge. It is decorated with 14 stone balls, but une of them has a missing section....

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  • Grantchester

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Village of Granchester is a birth place of Rupert Brook, English poet and solder. There is nice wilks on the back of the Colledges from the center of Cambridge to the village. It's very easy to follow and takes good 45min to an hour to get to Granchester. Once in Granchester, you can take good stroll around & trought the village. Have a lunch i&...

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  • Jesus College

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Definitely the most attractive and least known Cambridge college Jesus college is well worth a visit. Every odd year in the summer there is a renowned scultpure exhibition, with an outstanding permanent collection available to view all year. Entry is free to the college and access is through the Jesus lane gate near the pedestrian crossing. Ask a...

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  • Folk Museum

    5 out of 5 stars

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    The Folk Museum is Cambridge's local museum which is located in a former inn. The exhibitions show the history of Cambridge with a focus on everyday life with exhibits such as clothes and toys. A part of the exhibition is dedicated to the building's history with a 19th century bar. Temporary exhibitions are shown in one of their rooms too, the one...

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  • The Market

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    This beautiful, lively market behind St. Mary’s church was a nice place to walk through. Although it just has the usual market stuff like fruits, cheese, meat, bread, flowers etc., it really invites you to check out all the stalls and pick something to take away. Indeed, a very friendly place, filled with life.

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  • American Military Cemetery, Madingley

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    The grounds were donated by the University of Cambridge and are thirty and a half acres in size. Only American WWII burial ground in England. The 3,812 white crosses and the Portland stone wall inscribed with 5,127 names, pay tribute to American servicemen and women who died in the war. Above the names is an extract from President Eisenhower's...

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  • Audley End Stately Home

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    A junction or two down the M11 towards London stands a rather impressive stately home that was originally bought by Charles II from the Suffolk family. It was certainly useful for the horse racing at nearby Newmarket, but the Mortgage payments built up so much (seems rather odd that a King had to have a mortgage like the rest of us plebs) that...

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  • The Centre for Computing History

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    The Centre for Computing History is a large display of computers and video game consoles dating back to the early sixties. It is one of the rare museums where the parents become the curators! Tell the kids how things used to be when YOU were a child and show them the computers YOU used to use! You can play on some of the greatest video games ever...

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  • King's Parade

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    King's Parade, with King's College and Senate House on one side, and the University Church, old shops (including Britain's oldest bookshop) and coffee shops on the other, is the most elegant street in Cambridge. The street is a hive of activity with students, tourists and shoppers mingling and rushing about.

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  • Cambridge

    Cambridge a city since 1951 is situated on the banks of the River Cam, just to the east of England and amid the rural countryside of Cambridgeshire. The city grew out of an association of scholars who settled in one place and founded the colleges, although it is not a large place, it does have all the amenities of a University City. The River Cam,...

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  • Madingley

    Madingley is a village located on the western outskirts of Cambridge, the village was mentioned in the Domeday Book as Madingelei, the name meaning "Woodland clearing of the family or followers of a man called MadaFebruary 2008See My Travel Page for more information.

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  • Godmanchester

    Godmanchester is a great place for tourists to visit, get a meal and take a relaxing stroll along the river or around Portholme, England's largest meadow. Godmanchester is a town not a village as it was chartered in 1212. The central streets are aligned with the Roman Mansio, The Causeway waterfront was developed by the Vikings for their longboats...

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  • Cambs Top 20 - No 9 : Duxford

    Duxford air museum, just south of Cambridge takes a full day to see it's complete collection.Although part of the Imperial War museum it charges for entry (10 pounds for adults) and even more on air-show days.When however you consider the range of hardware on view it's easy to justify. If you have boys of any age (I'm trying not to be sexist about...

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  • Fly over the Fens

    I was lucky to be given a ride in a helicopter over the Fenlands. We took off from Conington airfield near Peterborough and flew a circuit taking in The Hundred Yard Drains ( see the photo) and Wisbech.

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  • Anglesey Abbey and Lode Mill

    Another NT property in Cambridgeshire is Anglesey Abbey. With its formal and informal gardens, pretty walks, wildflower meadows and lime avenue on the banks of a deep green fast flowing river this is a really lovely setting for the Jacobean style country manor and 18th century Lode water mill.Check the website for details of accessibility (some...

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  • The Stable Block Wimpole Hall

    The stable block houses a toyshop, cafe, gift shop, loos, second hand book shop, National Trust ticket office and seating area. You can pick up leaflets for information about cycle routes and walks around the estate. The estate covers around 60 acres and some access is possible for disabled visitors via the gravel paths in the Park, Gardens and...

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  • Wimpole Hall

    Tickets for the Hall are £8.40 for adults and £4.70 for children. Hall and Home farm are £12.60 for adults and £6.60 for children. Family tickets are also available.Check the website for full details of opening times and accessibility etc.

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  • Wimpole Estate

    We visited this vast country estate which now belongs to the National Trust and we happened to visit on a weekend when a re-enactment was taking place between the Jacobites and the King's Men. It was busy but fun! As well as the house and grounds, restaurant, gifts shops etc there are walks, talks, events and tours taking place all year round....

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  • Peterborough Cathedral

    Sadly badly damaged in a fire in 2001, Peterborough remains one of the most impressive of Norman Cathedral's in England. The first recorded monastic building on the site is 655AD, but the original building was destroyed in 870 by the Danish Viking invasion. It was rebuilt as part of a Benedictine Abbey in the 10th century, but that burnt down in...

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  • watch the ducklings

    awwwwwwwwwwwwww - I came across this little munchkins just after I avoided almost getting knocked over by Philomene (refer to tip above)...aren't they sooo cute... so take a little stroll down to the river and watch some wildlife when you are in Cambridge :)

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  • watch the city cows

    Cambridge is an eccentric place... down by the river, just when you did your major "retail therapy", you will find yourself in a timewharp and all of a sudden get a whiff of good ol cow-dung and a lovely country-side "Oscar-WIldesque" leisurley river scene...This is Philomene the cow by the way, minding her own business :)

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  • Cambs Top 20 : No18- Upwell

    Upwell is famous for one main thing on VT - it was home to that little treasure of Virtualtourist, Bernishand, who has now sadly passed from this life, and her 'Camcorderman'.She choose to live in a delightful little village out in the oh so flat fens. I too have connections to the village, as my mother grew up around here and was christened by the...

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  • Ely Cathedral

    The cathedral is known as the Ship of the Fens, dominant as it is for miles around across the flat landscape of the Fens and, prior to drainage of the swampland in the 17th century, it was built on an 'island' - solid ground in the middle of the swamps.The present cathedral was started in the 11th century, becoming a cathedral in 1109. But the...

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  • Cambs Top 20 : No 1 - the Fen

    The Landscape of Cambridgeshire gets pride of place. it is certainly the overriding feature of the county. You can visit the lowest place in the UK (Holme Fen) some 9 ft below sea level, whilst the highest point rises to an especially unimpressive 480 ft.Stand on a brick and you can see most of the county.The majority of it has been drained over...

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  • Cambs Top 20 : No 2 - Ely Cathedral

    Dating back to the 12th century, Ely cathedral is one of the great architectural treasures of Europe. You may have noticed that Cambridge does not have a Cathedral - it is a city only by virtue of it's university.Ely, which lies to the North of Cambridge is dominated by it's cathedral. It looms up over the pancake flat fens for miles around, like a...

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  • Cambs Top 20 : No 3 - Peterborough...

    Many architectural expects argue that Peterborough cathedral has the finest western front in Europe.It is a pity that one of the towers in the background had to be removed some centuries back - as it means the symmetry of the appearance is somewhat spoilt.It is also worth looking out for the grave of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry the...

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  • Cambs Top 20 : No 4 - The colleges

    A wander around a few of the colleges in term time is one of the greatest joys of visiting Cambridge. Anybody who is anybody (except those who by misfortune ended up in Oxford ) has passed this on their way to the top.Some of the more interesting architectural features are mentioned in other must-see tips. You cannot miss on any account miss seeing...

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  • Cambs Top 20 : No 5 - the Backs

    There are a series of formal and semi-formal gardens along the length of the River Cam at the back of many of the main colleges in Cambridge.As they are, in effect, the back-yards of the colleges they are commonly referred to as 'The backs'.They are a wonderful place to wander, but public entry is restricted. Some sections are for college residents...

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  • Cambs Top 20 : No 6 - the ruined...

    Until Henry the Eight closed down most of the monastries, and Cromwell and the bully boys destroyed most of what was left, the Cambridgeshire area had a number of thriving monastries.Ramsey, out in the fens remain one of my favourite places to visit, altough Waterbeach, Anglesey, Ely and Crowland (just into Linconshire)are all worth...

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  • Cambs Top 20 - No 7 Huntingdon

    I have to say that Huntingdon itself has littel to recommend it, a rather boring little town full of boring shops and boring people.On the other hand it does house, in the old Grammar school a museum dedicated to Huntingdon's most famous son in English History - the Lord protector himself, Oliver Cromwell.He was born and bred here, attending the...

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  • Cambs Top 20 : No 8 - The Fitz

    The Fitzwilliam museum sits as a greek-looking classical pile on Trumpington Street, Cambridge.We are talking high art here - paintings, sculpture, ceramics and the like. The great names will adorn the walls and floors. You won't find publicity-seeking 'Blockbuster' art exhibitions here.The curators seem to spend most of their time trying to tame...

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  • Cambs Top 20 : No 10 - The Great North ...

    It was the Romans who got around to building the first decent roads around here. These roads steadily then got worst for the next 1700 years or so before the first 'turnpikes' began to open.The main route from London to Scotland followed (roughly and sometimes exactly) the route of the old Roman road. The Great North Road (later known as the A1)...

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  • Cambs Top 20 - No 11 - Stately homes

    It would be fair to say that Cambridgeshire is lacking in grand Stately homes, but just to the south of Cambridge, in Essex, lies Audley end and just to the west of Peterborough, In Lincolnshire, lies Burghly house.Audley End :It was certainly useful for the horse racing at nearby Newmarket, but the Mortgage payments built up so much (seems rather...

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