Welcome To Cambridge

The word Cambridge conjures up a magical picture of historic buildings, punting on the River Cam, Kings' College Chapel, the Backs covered in spring flowers, narrow streets and students on bicycles. Add to this the unrivalled reputation for being a centre of excellence both in learning and ambience with modern technology and scientific research, what could be a better spot for a well earned break.

Situated in the heart of East Anglia, this historic city is easily accessed by road or rail. Stay in one of the wide range of Hotels, Guesthouses or B&B's that are on offer, where quality and service are top of the list. To really get the most out of your break spend at least one day in the city centre and then discover the delights of the villages and attractions in the surrounding area.

On arrival in Cambridge, pop into the Visitor Information Centre, book a walking tour which is the best way to get an overview of the city and a Blue or Green Badge Guide will tell you more about the history of Cambridge, explaining how this market town has evolved, becoming internationally famous and still retaining its old world charm.

Why not have a leisurely lunch and then spend the afternoon punting on the River Cam, possibly up to Granchester and have a cream tea at the Orchard where the famous poet Byron spent many an afternoon. End the day with a little retail therapy in the wide selection of shops or visit one of the many museums or galleries and in the evening take in a show at the Cambridge Corn Exchange or Arts Theatre.

In addition to all the wonderful sights Cambridge has to offer, the city also offers a unique and unrivalled shopping experience. A bustling market takes place in the heart of the city 7 days a week - with the general market from Monday to Saturday and one dedicated to arts and crafts and local produce on a Sunday. Nearby, the All Saints Garden Art and Craft Market takes place on Saturdays. Whichever you visit, a variety of goodies from Cambridge as well as from further a field will await you.

The city also has an impressive array of independent shops. Many of them are tucked down the historic winding streets - and offer everything from paintings, jewellery, perfume, clothing and musical instruments through to books, CDs and even shops dedicated to teas and meditation!

The area surrounding Cambridge offers plenty to do for the whole family: For those who wish to see some of the world's finest racehorses, a visit to the home of British Horseracing in Newmarket with its world famous racecourse, National Stud and Horseracing Museum is a must. Just a few miles away, Ely Cathedral, which is known as the ship of the Fens is well worth a visit and whilst in Ely, which was once an Island surrounded by marshes, visit Oliver Cromwell's house.

South of Cambridge, you will find Duxford's Imperial War Museum and American Air Museum, which houses some of Europe's finest aircraft. Sample a glass of home produced wine at Chilford Hall, a working vineyard and winery. Wimpole Hall, Linton Zoo, Denny Abbey and Shepreth Wildlife Park are a must for the children.

The American Cemetry at Madingley, Anglesey Abbey at Lode and many many other places, too many in fact to mention, should all be put on the list of "must see" and for those who prefer the outdoor life a short break in Cambridge is the ideal place to stay and then explore the surrounding countryside - cycling, walking or just relaxing.

For further information on visiting Cambridge, please visit our web site
www.visitcambridge.org or call 01871 226 8006

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