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  • Clare & King's College, Cambridge
  • Cambridge, UK
  • River Cam, Cambridge

Cambridge is an extremely beautiful and attractive city, naturally known for its university. However, there is much more to enjoy here. Probably a good starting point is to explore some of the college campuses, some of which date back to the 12th Century as seats of learning. There are 31 colleges and most are open to the public for visits. Trinity College is the largest college. You enter through a Tudor gateway with a statue of the college’s founder, Henry Vlll into the huge Great Court, the largest of its kind in the world. It has produced 32 Nobel Prize winners, 6 British prime ministers plus famous scientists and poets. The 16th Century King’s College Chapel is celebrated for its choral services including the famous A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols which is broadcast live by the BBC to the nation and across the globe on Christmas Eve. If you have a chance to hear the Choir of King’s College, you will be enchanted. Choral Evensong is sung here most days during term time.

Behind Cambridge is a series of gardens and parks which are situated beside the River Cam. Collectively known as the Backs, these peaceful green spaces offer wonderful views of the colleges. You can go punting on the River Cam which flows right through the centre of Cambridge and view the colleges and the city from a different perspective. You can enjoy a picnic on the riverbanks or in the park or rent a bicycle following the excellent network of cycle paths in and around the city.

Cambridge is not short of museums. The Fitzwilliam Museum houses world-class collections of art and antiquities spanning centuries and civilizations. It was one of the first public art museums in Britain, built to house the fabulous treasures that the seventh Viscount Fitzwilliam bequeathed to his old university. There are Roman and Egyptian grave items, artworks by many of the great masters and collections of banknotes, literary autographs, watches and armour. The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences is home to around two million minerals, fossils and rocks. Kettle’s Yard is one of the country’s finest galleries and a major centre for 20th Century and contemporary art. Other museums include the Polar Museum, the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Museum of Zoology and the Museum of Classical Archaeology.

Cambridge Market is a colourful street market open seven days a week. With its candy-striped awnings, it is a great place to pick up some entirely unique you can browse second-hand books and vinyl records and, handmade jewellery. On Sundays, there is an arts and crafts market selling the work of local printmakers, sculptors and potters.

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