Friday, 24 January 2014

A short walkaway from London : Cambridge

Cambridge - a city of all seasons.

With plenty of activities and events to choose from, Cambridge is very close to London being situated just 80 Km north from the capital. 
Cambridge is widely known as a university town and the home of University of Cambridge, founded in 1209 and ranked consistently as one of the top five universities in the world. 
The city's skyline is dominated by the Kings College Chapel and the Cambridge University Library, along with the Addenbrooke's Hospital and the St. John Chapel tower. 
The river Cam runs through the city and follows all the major touristic attractions. In the warm seasons you can enjoy a pleasant punting journey around the city guided by knowledgeable guides who provide their passengers with a lot of insights on the history and modern vibe of this unique place. Or if you are a bit more courageous you can rent a boat, a kayak or a canoe for as less as  £10 and start your own adventure along the upper river out towards Grantchester Meadows and beyond. 
Let yourself inspired by the many art galleries and museums, with the highest concentration of internationally renowned collection in the UK after London. They are no less than 8 museums in Cambridge and the majority of them are free to enter. Plus loads of independent galleries and exhibition displaying local and international artist. You should definitely don's skip the Fitzwilliam Museum on Trumpington Street belonging to the University of Cambridge or stroll around the great pieces of history displayed in the National War Museum. For those passionate about plants and Botany they can visit the Botanic Gardens of Cambridge, one of the widest and richest in the UK. 
I left to the end the attractions that I believe impressed me the most through their architecture, historic heritage they carry and their contribution to the world in general. And I know you had already guessed that I am referring to the famous Colleges . They are 31 in total and each of them has it's own character and charm. King's College Chapel is one of the most popular but you can see almost all of them by taking a punt tour along the river Cam. Each College has a different policy in admitting public visitors so I highly recommend checking their individual websites beforehand or the Visit Cambridge website for the opening hours and special events that may affect your visit. 
It's a real pleasure to stroll the city's narrow streets, and you can choose a guided tour around the city centre and discover the real buzzing life of the modern Cambridge, while mingling with locals to buy the best sticky Chelsea bun at the much-loved institution that is Fitzibillies. 
I hope I entice your appetite to discover the true colors and flavors of one of the most representative city of Britain.