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Cambridge: Colleges and more

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A March 2000 trip to Cambridge by phileasfogg

Punting Photo, Cambridge, England More Photos
Quote: Cambridge makes for one of the most rewarding day-trips out of London: lovely old colleges, a silvery river down which you can go punting, and plenty of interesting places to explore.

Cambridge: Colleges and more

Overview

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Cambridge fortunately is small enough to be covered in about a day. A bus ride through town, combined with a punting trip down the Cam, is about enough to give you a good idea of what this town’s all about. The must-not-miss sights include (obviously) the many colleges of Cambridge. Although visitors aren’t allowed into colleges per se (except into chapels or a few halls), many colleges are splendid buildings even if just seen from the outside. Some of the best include King’s College, Queen’s College and Trinity. All are very historical. Other places you’ve got to include in your itinerary are Hobson’s Conduit (not great to look at, but it has an interesting story beh...Read More

Crowne Plaza Cambridge

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Restaurant | "Bloomsbury Restaurant"

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Lunch at the Bloomsbury Restaurant in the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza was part of the Cambridge package tour we’d bought- all three of us were on tight budgets and would probably not have eaten at a posh hotel restaurant otherwise. The Bloomsbury, however, though upmarket, turned out to be an enjoyable and rather warm place-definitely not snooty. The décor’s all in warm tones of brown, gold, and maroon, and huge windows look out onto the street below- the ambience is relaxed without being stuffy. Coming to the food: the menu’s pretty extensive, with a decent range of no-frills food of the `typically’ English variety. Good, well-loved salads, soups, roasts, pies and the like, all fairly affordab...Read More

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Crowne Plaza Cambridge
Downing Street
Cambridge, England CB2 3DT
(0870) 400-9180

Punting

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Attraction | "Punting down the Cam"

Punting Photo, Cambridge, England
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The river Cam wends its silvery way down the length of Cambridge, flowing languidly past colleges, commons, lawns, and copses. A relative of mine, who was at Cambridge way back in the ‘50s (or was it the ‘40s?) tells a story of how he, along with a bunch of madcap friends, spent a lazy summer afternoon preparing a large sphere out of cardboard. It was given a rough surface, painted grey, and made to look exactly like one of the stone spheres which dotted the top of a parapet along a bridge next to their college. The men positioned their masterpiece carefully, about halfway between two of the genuine spheres on the parapet, and then made a big show of pushing it over the edge of the parapet into the ri...Read More

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Punting
The River Cam
Cambridge, England

Guide Friday bus tours

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Attraction

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My top recommendation for seeing Cambridge- especially if you don’t have too much time to go exploring on your own- would be to take a bus tour. The tour we took was with Guide Friday,a company which has since been acquired by City Sightseeing Worldwide. They operate hop-on, hop-off tours which cover all of Cambridge. For an additional sum, they can include transport (by train) to and from London, as well as lunch at the Bloomsbury Restaurant at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, Cambridge. Bus tours through Cambridge last one hour in an open-top bus, and start every 15 minutes from Silver Street, with further stops at designated points along the route. Adult tickets (for the bus tour only) cost £7....Read More

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Guide Friday bus tours
Guide Friday Tourism Centre
Cambridge, England CB1 2JH
+44 1223 362444

Cambridge: A little bit of background

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King's College, Cambridge Photo, Cambridge, England
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Cambridge (named after the river Cam, which flows through it) was founded in 1209 by students fleeing, along with a few tutors, from Oxford, where a murder had resulted in student uprisings, following which some colleges had been closed. The first college to be founded in Cambridge was Peterhouse , which dates back to 1284. Prior to all this, the town had been an important centre for the Romans and was later a sea port (although it’s actually sixty miles from the sea). Today, Cambridge has a total of 31 colleges, 28 being co-educational and 3 being women’s colleges. Magdalene College was the last college to change from being men’s-only to co-educational; it did so in the late 1980s...Read More

Cambridge- beyond colleges

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The Fens Photo, Cambridge, England
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Colleges are not the only thing there is to Cambridge. Besides academic institutions, there are other places of interest in Cambridge too, and they’re scattered across the town. Among the must-sees are the Round Church (a circular stone church dating back to 1130 and modeled on the Sepulchre in Jerusalem), Parker’s Piece (a flat green `common’ renowned for the fact that this was where the rules of soccer were first worked out), and Hobson’s Conduit , a small tower-like structure that's a monument to the man who arranged to get fresh water to the town. Hobson, incidentally, kept horses for hire and insisted that customers take the horse closest to the door, whether they liked it o...Read More