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Destination: Cambridge Tours

World famous small university city packed with history
Region: Central England
Pronounced: keym-brij
Time to spend here: 3 hours - 1 day
Historical townHistory lovers
Cambridge, Central England

Cambridge is one of Britain’s most famous cities. It combines the atmosphere of a rural town with the grandeur and tradition of its ancient university which dominates the city. The university began in 1209, when fighting between scholars and locals in Oxford, led to students setting up a university in Cambridge. Today punting on the river Cam is commonplace. Cambridge is also a very bicycle friendly city with plenty of cycle paths connecting all the major attractions. Cambridge has lots of museums including the Fitzwilliam Museum, which houses an outstanding picture collection. The city is also home to one of only 4 round churches in Britain.

Cambridge boasts Michelin starred restaurants, and has an diversity of culinary delights including Thai, Italian, French, Spanish and many gastropubs.

Local Activities
King's College
King's College, Cambridge
Kings CollegeCambridge University contains 31 colleges, some of which can be visited. Kings College, famous because of its chapel, has beautiful stained glass windows and a gravity defying vaulted roof. St John’s College has a replica of Venice’s bridge of Sighs.
Fitzwilliam Museum
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Kings CollegeThe Fitzwilliam Museum houses world class exhibits from many great civilisations including Greek, Roman and Egyptian, including paintings, sculpture, armour, furniture, pottery and glass, oriental art, manuscripts, coins and medals from the 14th century to present. One of the best ways to explore Cambridge is via a sightseeing bus tour that takes you to all the major sites and allows you to hop on and off at your leisure.
Sightseeing Bus
Sightseeing Bus, Cambridge
Kings CollegeOne of the best ways to explore Cambridge is via a sightseeing bus tour that takes you to all the major sites and allows you to hop on and off at your leisure.
Punting, Cambridge
Kings CollegePunting is one of Cambridge’s chief attractions. Punts are flat-bottomed boats which, because they don’t have a keel, are usually steered with a long pole.
The Round Church
The Round Church, Cambridge
Kings CollegeThe Round Church dating back to 1130 features two cylindrical levels with round-arched windows and a conical roof. Inside 8 massive cylindrical pillars feature Norman carvings. The church also houses an exhibition on Christian heritage in the area. 
Scott Polar Research Institute
Scott Polar research Institute, Cambridge
Polar MuseumThe Scott Polar Research Institute holds a unique collection of artefacts, journals, clothing equipment, paintings, photographs, maps and other materials illustrating polar exploration, history and science.
What can I see in the area?
Imperial War Museum
Imperial War Museum, Cambridge
Kings CollegeThe Imperial War Museum at Duxford, 9 miles north of Cambridge (hourly bus service), has an outstanding Aviation museum, with a an aircraft hall containing over 30 historic British and Commonwealth aircraft.
Ely, Central England
Kings CollegeEly, 12 miles north of Cambridge makes for a great day trip. The stunning cathedral is the city’s main attraction, but a splendid array of medieval buildings, along with a beautiful waterside area and great selection of antique shops and fine cafes make it a pleasant place to stroll.  
Ely Cathedral
Ely Cathedral, Central England
Kings CollegeEly Cathedral dates back to 1081, with a number of impressive additions since, including the 14th century ‘Octagon’ tower, which is a masterpiece of medieval engineering. The cathedral also houses a fascinating stained glass museum.
Oliver Cromwell's House
Oliver Cromwell's House, Cambridge
Oliver CromwellEly’s most famous resident was Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England who lived here for 10 years. Today his house has an English Civil War exhibition.
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
This is a great base for exploring:
Ely, Peterborough, East Anglia
Transport options in this area: Cambridge is easy to walk around but a sightseeing bus also allows you to visit all the colleges outside the city.
Did you know:

You are not allowed to play tennis on the streets of Cambridge!
From the region:
Sir Henry Royce (Founder, Rolls Royce)
Richard Attenborough
(Actor, Director)
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