Home to not only England's but the world's finest and most revered universities, Cambridge is also a popular tourist destination. It sits by the River Cam and is a very green and peaceful place to be. Traditional English pubs, shops and marketplaces make it feel like a transporter back in time, but one which is punctuated with modern flashes that adds that extra appeal.
The Gothic architecture of the fine university buildings is something to behold. Kind's College Chapel is similar to the Houses of Parliament yet it's so fascinating that it's a place of education. The 13th century buildings littered around the market town of Cambridge are fitting with the overall look of the area, and if you're visiting on holiday make sure to take advantage of the university building tours to see up close and personal what they are like.
The unspoilt nature of Cambridge draws tourists from far and wide, with the King's Parade being a popular place for young people, but the green woods and flat topography make it ideal for strolls. There are many cultural delights too, such as the Fitzwilliam Museum, Kettle's Yard art gallery and visits to Great St Mary's Church or seeing the sparkling little St Benet's Church.
The summer brings the town to life with music festivals, corn exchange festivals and 'punting'; a game of pushing wooden boats along the river with a paddle. The head-to-head rowing boat race against Oxford on the Thames in London also brings the crowds into Cambridge to enjoy the atmosphere, and it's fantastic to see just how exciting the school versus school race really is.
For shoppers, there are many souvenir shops and local produce shops, selling crafts, cheeses and local sausages. There are many bookshops and the Beehive Centre is a large shopping complex, so there are a variety of places to get some retail therapy.
As Cambridge is a university town it is well connected with coach, bus and trains available from a number of locations.
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