Cambridge Tourism

When was the last time you wrote a poem? Cambridge, with its lawns laden with lush leaves, aristocratic architecture that’s centuries old and a name synonymous with academic brilliance, will make you feel like doing just that. It’s not a surprise that hordes of visitors are attracted to this idyllic little town.

With some of the world’s most fascinating museums and galleries, as well as some of the best colleges in the English speaking world, all kinds of prospective students, holiday-makers and lovers of the arts and sciences visit this city with the intention of exploring its rich culture and heritage.

Whether you’re keen on visiting the famous Cambridge University grounds or you just want to picnic in one of the lusciously green gardens, you’re bound to fall in love with the place. It’s a city that has been immortalized in countless songs, poems, plays and books and constantly inspires some of the brightest minds in the world.

It’s also a city which prides itself in having age old traditions, some of which have been around for hundreds of years. Cambridge itineraries are always filled with activities!

Historically, settlements have existed in the Cambridge area from as long ago as the 1st Century BC. The earliest proof of occupation was discovered under the grounds of the Fitzwilliam College. There has been evidence that Romans once settled upon the land as well, and after their departure, came the Saxons, who named the area ‘Grantabrycge’, which later evolved into ‘Cambridge’.

The Vikings set foot and with their vigorous trading practices, helped the city grow at a rapid pace, and then left, ultimately putting the power back into the hands of the Saxons. They started to build churches and mint currency and in 1068, William of Normandy built a castle a top Castle Hill and the city came under control of the King and his deputies. The first town charter was granted by King Henry the First, which gave Cambridge a monopoly over waterborne traffic, much to their advantage.

When a group of students fled from Oxford, terrified by a few hostile townspeople, they decided to set up their own educational institution and in 1209, Cambridge University was formed. After having played a major role in the British Civil War and after the introduction of the railway in 1845, the town was slowly starting to develop economically. In the 20th century the town began to modernize, with the introduction of shopping arcades.

Cambridge, throughout its history, has been a significant city. As it started to grow economically, it also grew intellectually, with the likes of Sir Isaac Newton and Rutherford having brainstormed within the university’s confines. Today, it’s this same university that has produced some of the era’s greatest poets, politicians, scientists and dramatists.

Today, the average visitor is drawn into three basic elements that have always defined Cambridge- its artistic beauty, its natural beauty and its booming college culture.

  • Those who relish art, fall in love with the magnificent King’s College Chapel and the small pieces of beauty that speckle the campus area such as the Mathematical Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs. The beautifully landscaped and maintained Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial is another beauty, though a much more sober one. Galleries like the Fitzwilliam Museum and Kettle’s Yard House hold innumerable beauties; ancient art and artefacts from all over the world! Plan your trip to Cambridge and get a glimpse of its art!
  • Those who adore flowers and plant life will be deeply moved at the amazing array of life that exists within the greenhouses of the Cambridge Botanic Gardens, or the beautiful sprawling lawns filled with wildflowers of Anglesey Abbey. The Backs also provide some lovely views of Lake Cam, where local students go ‘punting’. There’s also the charming Orchard Tea Garden where you can sip tea, under a tree and feel the breeze as you please. A top-must-do’s on every itinerary planner of Cambridge!
  • Cambridge’s college culture is perhaps most apparent when you see the kind of variety in the museums of the city. There’s the ScottPolar Research Institute, that documents mankind’s exploration into the North and South Poles, and the Centre for Computing History, that is gathering ‘relics’ of the information age so that we can trace it in the future. With a list of alumni that features Stephen Hawking, Charles Darwin, Sir Francis Bacon, Virginia Woolf, David Attenborough, Jane Goodall, Sylvia Plath, Lord Byron, John Milton, Amartya Sen, Oliver Cromwell, Manmohan Singh and innumerable other great individuals, is it any wonder that the city is so jam packed with fascinating libraries, archives, galleries and, of course, stories?

Cambridge tourism, with its warm, dry weather, is a beautiful town and truly a sight for sore eyes. With tales around every corner, and its traffic free roads, it’s a peaceful little haven for intellectual and artistic development and expression. It’s also a good place to just kick back, relax and forget your problems. Bask in the warm sun, and drink some tea and try to remember the last time you wrote a poem.

Essential travel information and Cambridge tips for your visit

  • Cycling on the pavement (sidewalk) is not generally permitted unless there is a specifically signed shared-use cycle lane.
  • Driving a car around the town isn’t advised as the roads are small and narrow and the local government is trying to endorse renewable methods of transport as much as possible.
  • Please be quiet and respectful when you’re on University grounds because, at the end of the day, it’s still an educational institution.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Cambridge

  • Save 7% Combo ticket: Punting and Walking Tour in Cambridge
    Combo ticket: Punting and Walking Tour in Cambridge7 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    This combo ticket entitles you to a classic 90 minute walking tour of the city of Cambridge and a 45 minute punting tour alon...

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  • Save 7% Walking tour of Cambridge University
    Walking tour of Cambridge University40 Reviews

    Duration: 1 Hrs 30 Mins

    A Student Guide from Cambridge University will take you on a 90-minute enthralling journey through time as we recount to you ...

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  • Save 9% Shared Punting Tour in Cambridge
    Shared Punting Tour in CambridgeNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 45 Mins

    Scholars Punting Cambridge offer a shared punting tour of the Cambridge College backs. The duration is 45 minutes and the rou...

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  • Save 7% 1.5-hour Cambridge and Cambridge Colleges Walking Tour
    1.5-hour Cambridge and Cambridge Colleges Walking Tour8 Reviews

    Duration: 1 Hrs 30 Mins

    Make sure you make the most of your visit by taking a tour with an Official Cambridge Tour Guide. Our professional Cambridge ...

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  • Know the pollution level of Cambridge before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 31.25 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 30 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 27.5 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 22.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 26.25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 19.05 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 8.75 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Cambridge for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Cambridge.

    • Burglary and Theft 25 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 19 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 11.46 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 14 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 16 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 22 (Low)
    • Attacks 13 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 38 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 91.35 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 71.15 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 27 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 15 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 33 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Cambridge is 181.39 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 77.64 (High)
    • Climate Index 91.37 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 32.28 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 27.75 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 71.6 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 73.38 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 12.39 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 94.29 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Cambridge

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.07 USD
    • International Movie per seat 14.06 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 38.34 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 74.06 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 73.68 USD

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