Cambridge Journals

Cambridge

A January 2003 trip to Cambridge by trixy

Quote: I have lived in Cambridge for 15 years, so I have a pretty good idea of everything to do! This is a journal of the things everyone does in Cambridge and the things to do that most people don't find out about unless you live here!

Cambridge

Overview

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Punting on the River Cam--so typical but really fun. Kings College is in a beautiful setting and right in the heart of Cambridge. . .you can't miss it.

Quick Tips:

Cambridge is always full of tourists any time of the year. Visit places such as Granchester meadows, take a walk along the river, or see some of the lesser known colleges to get away from the crowds.

Best Way To Get Around:

It is easy to walk around Cambridge as the centre isn't too big. If coming from London on a day trip, trains run every half hour and it is a 50 minute journey from KingsX.

Punting

Attraction | "Punting!"

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Punting is great fun whether getting a tour by a chauffuered punt or doing it yourself. Walk down Castle hill and at the bottem you will be inundated with guys asking you if you would like to go punting (even if you live there!). If you punt yourself you have to leave a £60 deposit (which you get back on returning the boat). It normally costs around £10 for an hour hiring a boat, or £15 if you get a chauffered punt (on this you get info on the colleges etc as you go).

There are two directions to punt--past the 'backs' passing Kings College and the busiest part of the river, or up to Granchester Meadow, which is quieter and I think more pleasant.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 26, 2003

Punting
The River Cam
Cambridge, England

Grantchester Village

Attraction | "Granchester Meadows"

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Ganchester Meadows are something of a Cambridge institution. The tea house has been there for around a hundred years, and is very popular. Find a deck chair and sit out in the orchard, or take a walk down along the river. You can get to Granchester walking, along the river (takes about half an hour to 40 minutes), or by punt, though it is a long way to punt yourself! Granchester is a small village though the main attraction is the teahouse. It's about as typically English as you can get!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 26, 2003

Grantchester Village
High Street
Cambridge, England CB2 4AG
+44 1223 322640

Brand Name Shopping

Attraction | "General shopping"

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Cambridge is ok for shopping, although a lot of people get the train to London as it isn't too far. The Cambridge market is in the very centre and is good for crafts (although another craft market is around the corner, turn to the right away from Kings College and walk past Heffers, Reiss, and the post office).

Cambridge has the main retail shops, and a medium sized shopping centre (walk accross Christs Piece to the 'Grafton Centre') with an eight screen cinema. However, this area is probably somewhere to miss out if you are short on time. Stick to the centre and you will find all the shops you need.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 26, 2003

Brand Name Shopping
Cambridge
Cambridge, England

Around Cambridge

Story/Tip

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London is 50 minutes on the train to Kings Cross. The station is out of the centre, but a 20-minute walk can get you there. Alternatively, buses stop there regularly (tickets cost £17 return with tube all day).

Ely is a small town outside of Cambridge famous for its cathedral (started 1081). It also has Oliver Cromwell’s house on St Mary's street.

Duxford has the best aircraft museum in the area. Buses leave from Downing Street in Cambridge at 10:25am and 12:25pm, and are free. The autumn air show is on October 13th.

Anglesy Abbey is part of the National Trust, started in 1600, and has paintings inside as well as really nice gardens.

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I would really recommend going to The Botanical Gardens. The extensive gardens contain really tropical plants as well as typically English ones. It is a really nice place to wander around, and is not expensive. Situated on Trumpington Road (a little further up from the Fitzwilliam).

The Fitzwilliam Museum is an impressive building from the outside and has a range of paintings and a large collection of armour and Egyptian artefacts inside. It's free and close to the centre (go straight past Kings college in a straight line, you can't miss it).

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Cambridge has some amazing colleges and sights that are well worth seeing, but my favorite parts are not as well known. Along Huntingdon Road, going up towards Girton, you pass Trinity Which field. Walk down the passage beside it and by Fitzwilliam College. If you walk down Storeys Way and cross over Madingly Road you can reach the quiet residential areas of Wilberforce Road, the coton footpath (a good walk but longer). This way can eventually lead you down to Kings College and 'the backs.' A way along Madingly Road you can visit the observatories. Though you can't go in, they are in a nice setting. I would recommend visiting these areas if you don't mind wandering around and would like t...Read More

About the Writer

trixy

trixy
Cambridge, United Kingdom