Guide to self catering cottage holidays in Cambridge
A university town, Cambridge is an interesting places to visit. The University of Cambridge is one of Britain's most prestigious, with a lengthy history and the most magnificent and handsome buildings.
Most visitors will take a look around the university and perhaps go for a walk along the River Cam. One fairly romantic but rather expensive thing to do is to sail on the river in a punt, accompanied by families of graceful swans and greedy ducks noisily waiting to share your picnic lunch. You might spot Cambridge's own 'Bridge of Sighs', modelled on the Venetian version. Alternatively, there's a pleasant walk along the river.
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If you want to be shown around then there are a number of guided walking tours of the city. These tours can really enrich your experience of the city as you should learn alot more about Cambridge on a tour.
Although a city, you will find plenty of green spaces and parks in Cambridge. This is all part of what makes Cambridge such an appealing place to visit.
A very nice treat in Cambridge is to visit one of the several patisseries to indulge in their exquisite cakes and pastries. There are pubs and restaurants galore, a museum, an excellent shopping centre, quaint bookshops and enough regular events to guarantee a lively and pleasant trip. There are an extensive number of fascinating museums in Cambridge including the Fitzwilliam museum and the Sedgwick museum of earth sciences. Whilst in Cambridge do remember to watch out for the cyclists. Many university students use cycles to get around and you will see many bike stores throughout the city. Also on account of there being no cycle paths you may at times end up sharing a pavement with a cyclist.
As a university city, there is a full programme of entertainment in Cambridge. You can see theatre shows at the Arts Theatre and music concerts and comedy shows at the Corn Exchange. There are also a number of festivals in Cambridge throughout the year including the Cambridge Folk Festival and the Science festival. Some of these festivals are run by the university.
Cambridge is an affluent area and there are a number of very good restaurants including some Michelin starred establishments. There a good variety of eateries including cafes, pubs, budget and high end restaurants.
Because parking in the city centre can be difficult to find, Cambridge operates a Park and Ride service from selected points just outside the city.
Top Things to Do in Cambridge
- Take a boat trip on the river and enjoy a punt!
- Shopping - there are some great independent boutique shops in Cambridge as well as high street and designer stores.
- Visit some of the university buildings that are open to the public and get a peek in to the world of this centre of excellence. Hidden courtyards and historical architecture await you.
We hope our guide has inspired you to visit Cambridge, a truly beautiful city.
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