Cambridge

United Kingdom

Posted: Sep 15, 2021 | Updated: Nov 30, 2021

Cambridge started life as a Roman fort and then an insignificant Saxon settlement, remaining a backwater until 1209 when the university was founded.

It is now an immaculately preserved city with curving alleyways, moss strewn courtyards and ornate gateways. Its streets are thronged with visitors, locals and students either shopping, cycling, wandering around or punting on the peaceful River Cam.

As for the sights, the university King's College Chapel is mandatory stop and is one of the most impressive buildings in the country. Viewing the colleges and punting along the 'Backs', where the river meanders behind the colleges is another treat especially if being punted along by a punter who knows the area - or at least is a convincing story teller.

As a centre of scholarly excellence, Cambridge has gone on to produce Nobel Prize winners, prime ministers, archbishops and immense number of scientists, poets and a host of other scribblers.


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Posted: Sep 6, 2008 | Updated: Nov 30, 2021

A bus tour of Cambridge

Never overlook the jewel on your own doorstep and Cambridge is certainly one. Architecturally splendid, compact and with much to see and do, today's visit included an open top, hop on - hop off bus tour. There was also an obligatory punt on the Cam, something as obligatory as a chauffeured gondola ride in Venice - though I've never done it. Despite being there twice.

One day isn't enough time to see Cambridge as there is plenty more to do other than see the medieval buildings in the city centre and the colleges of the world famous university. A tourist follow up is definitely in the offing though perhaps this can wait till summer '09.

1) Queen's College, Cloister Court I
2) Queen's College, Cloister Court II
3) Kings College and Chapel
4) Clare College, Trinity Hall and the Old Schools
5) Kings College Chapel, Wooden Screen
6) Kings College Chapel, the chapel organ
7) Kings College Chapel wall carvings
8) Corpus Christi College
9) Punting on the Cam, Clare College Bridge
10) Punting on the Cam, Bridge of Sighs

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