Cambridge City in England
Famous for the university, and the rowing race held there every year between students.
The Fitzwilliam Museum - Open: Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm Entry fee: Free, donations welcomed.
The Fen Rivers Way - Open: all the time. Entry Fee: Free
Anglesey Abbey - Open: Wednesday – Sunday, 11.00am – 5.30pm from March onwards. Entry fee: £11.90 adult.
Cambridge Corn Exchange - Open: Performance times vary. Entry Fee: Ticket prices vary.
Kettle’s Yard - Open: Tuesday-Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays House: 12.00 -5.00pm, Gallery: 11.30am-5.00pm. Entry Fee: Free, varying charges for events.
Cambridge University Botanical Garden - Open: 10am – dusk. Entry Fee: free.
Cambridge’s major claim to fame is the university that has been sited in the town since 1209. Famous people who have strolled its grassy quadrangles include CS Lewis, the author of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”, John Cleese, member of Monty Python, and more recently, the model Lily Cole.
You don’t have to be a scholar to visit Cambridge. There’s lots to do here besides sit on lawns discussing learned topics!
The Fitzwilliam museum is a brilliant regional museum holding collections of applied arts, coins, and manuscripts, as well as paintings and drawings. It acquires new work all the time. For more art, go along to Kettle’s Yard, a brilliantly eccentric setting for art. It is an old cottage, remodeled to show many artworks in the setting of a family home. It was designed as a perfect alternative to traditional gallery settings.
If you prefer nature, go and see the Cambridge Botanical Gardens. This contains many examples of different species of plants, beautifully laid out. It also runs regular course on different topics from gardening to drawing. If you like your wildlife unbounded, why not go for a long walk along the Fen Rivers Way? There are footpaths right along the river, and lots of interesting architecture, plants and birds and animals to be seen along the way.
For more gardens and some quite splendid architecture, go and see Anglesey Abbey. This National Trust building isn’t a religious order, but a Jacobean style mansion, with gardens and a working watermill. The gardens have been designed so that there’s something beautiful to see all year round.
For entertainment, go to the Cambridge Corn Exchange. Originally a Victorian trading corn exchange, it has a long history of being also a music venue. Nowadays you can go and see acts from Pop and Rock, though to classical.