Historic Cambridge

Cambridge, home to England's second oldest university, has a host of delights for visitors, whether on business or for pleasure.

The university college buildings, the heart of the city, are spread in and around Cambridge like a scattering of architectural gems. There are 30 of them in total, from the oldest, Peterhouse founded in 1284, to the most recent Robinson which was established in 1977. Parts of most colleges, including their chapels and grounds, are open to the public throughout the year. Some of the many delights include Kings College Chapel, one of the finest gothic buildings in Europe; the Great Court at Trinity College, scene of the famous race in "Chariots of Fire" and the wonderful "Backs" which run from Magdelene College in the north, through the colleges of St Johns, Trinity, Clare, Kings and Queens to Silver Street in the south. The "Backs" are at their very best in the spring, when the thick beds of crocus and daffodils running along the banks of the River Cam make this one of the most beautiful parts of any city in England.

The city centre is a surprisingly green place, with many delightful areas open to the public. There are no large shopping areas, but instead there is a wealth of back streets hiding second-hand bookshops, quality food shops, clothes shops, tiny cafes and old pubs. There are several small and select markets in the city, the main one being on Market Hill, where the colourful canvas tops cover stalls that are specially rich in produce from the nearby fertile Fens. There is fresh fish from Cromer, flower stalls, ethnic goods and a host of second-hand bookstalls. In short there is something for everyone.

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Find things to do with the National Trust.

The Corn Exchange is the city's centre for arts and entertainment .

English Heritage has carried out archaeological research at historic sites and monuments in this region many of which are open to the public.

Cambridge Corners is a site where you will find descriptions of walks and bike rides in and around the Cambridge area. Aimed at tourists and residents alike.

King's College is one of the oldest Cambridge colleges, having been founded in 1441 by Henry VI. It is also Cambridge 's premier tourist attraction, due above all to its spectacular Perpendicular chapel.

Find out all about Fitzwilliam College with a College History, Tour and Maps, Directions of how to get here and an Events Diary showing dates such as graduation, dinners and term times.

The University of Cambridge consists of over 100 departments, faculties and schools plus a central administration, most of which have their own web sites. If you are looking for information from or about a specific department, you can find details and their web pages by clicking here.

Looking for something else to do in or around Cambridge? Ask at Tourism Information or if you would prefer to go into their offices they can be found in the centre of Cambridge, by the Corn Exchange.

King's College Chapel

Great St Mary's Church

Anglesey Abbey
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Corpus Christi College
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Mathematical Bridge
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