Cambridge Attractions

Cambridge offers visitors a range of local attractions both in the city of Cambridge and in the surrounding areas. The city is home to one of the best known and highly acclaimed universities in the world attracting visitors from around the world. The city includes a choice of attractions including museums, galleries, historic buildings, theatre, concerts, events and much more; offering plenty of things to see and do in the city.

We have outlined a number of interesting attractions and places to visit for visitors to Cambridge, these include:

Fitzwilliam Museum is located in the city centre, the museum was once described as “one of the greatest art collections of the nation and a monument of the first importance” illustrating the esteem in which the impressive works are held. Inside there are collections of Egyptian, Greek & Roman antiquities, and wonderful works of art by Rembrandt, Titian, and Turner, to name but a few.

Art enthusiasts can visit the art gallery, Primavera, situated opposite King's College there are great views of the College from here in the heart of the Cambridge. The gallery and shop, bring together a refined exploration into some of the finest art and crafts in the UK. Primavera has acclaimed selections of antiques, ceramics, glass, furniture, metals and textiles among others. The gallery provides a great showcase for British artistic talent to a wide audience.

The church of Great St Mary's is set in the centre of Cambridge with the colleges and university offices close by. Widely known as Great St Mary’s or GSM, St Mary the Great with St Michael is a parish church in the North Cambridge Area Deanery of the Diocese of Ely in the Church of England and also the University church of the University of Cambridge. The church has a long and distinguished history of preaching.

The Cambridge University Botanic Gardens are located on a 40 acre site at Cambridge University. The gardens were first opened back in 1846 and have a wide variety of plant species for visitors to explore. There are a number of different habitat zones, these include a Rock Garden that has alpine plants from each continent, Tropical rainforest, Water Garden and glasshouses with have seasonal displays. The Systematic Beds have in excess of 80 varieties of flowering plants. There are many important collections here including the lavender, geraniums as well as the collection of Native British Plants. The gardens have collections of winter plants, Herbaceous and Wildflower Borders, Autumn Colour Garden and a scented garden. There is a program of ongoing educational and special events throughout the year.

Wimpole Hall is a National Trust property that was once upon a time the home of Rudyard Kipling's daughter. Located a few miles outside Cambridge, the house is certainly impressive, a 17th century mansion that is set in extensive parks and gardens. There have been some illustrious names in English architecture that have contributed toward Wimpole house including James Gibbs and Sir John Soane. In the gardens visitors will find a mix of formal Victorian parterres, arboretum and Dutch Gardens.

Wimpole Home Farm, located beside the house was a model farm that became established in 1794. It currently operates as a centre for breeds centre and as a home to heavy horses. The farm also features a Victorian Dairy, a thatched Great Barn and a children's play area. For visitors who are energetic or wish to do something active, they can walk the 13 mile long Wimpole Way, which leads from Cambridge to Wimpole Hall. The walk takes you through rolling countryside, historic villages and areas of ancient woodland.

Like scholarly rival Oxford, no trip to Cambridge is complete without a trip to one of the various colleges that make up Cambridge University, the world renowned university that the city is most famous for. There are over 30 colleges that fall under the umbrella of Cambridge University each is an independent entity in its own right with its own distinct style and history. The colleges are located across Cambridge.

King’s College is located on King’s Parade in the heart of Cambridge and is a popular college among visitors. The college was founded back in 1441 by Henry VI, King's has a distinguished history being one of the first colleges to admit women and has helped the drive to seek admissions for students from non-traditional backgrounds. King's has some distinguished alumni these include Sydney Brenner, John Maynard Keynes and Alan Turing among others. The spectacular Perpendicular chapel that took 100 years to build attracts many visitors and is a wonderful sight.

It is recommended that prior to coming to Cambridge; visitors do their research and ensure things like famous sights and attractions are actually open on the days you intend on coming. The transport is also worth checking as maintenance and engineering works can mean a restricted service on public transport and road diversions.

The historic city of Cambridge is steeped in history, with scenic architecture on its many historic buildings and its cobblestone streets. Cambridge is a bastion of tradition and academic excellence that is located in a peaceful setting in the scenic Cambridgeshire countryside. The compact nature of the city makes it great to explore by foot, with a number of city centre attractions easily assessable by walking. The location with its close proximity to London make it a great place to for either a day trip, weekend or longer, visitors can look forward to exploring a compact, historical and scenic city.

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