Cambridge is located in the county of Cambridgeshire, East Anglia about 50 miles north-by-east of London. We live fairly near Cambridge and like to go now and again for a nice day out. Of Course, Cambridge is known around the world for its university and millions of tourists flock here every year to see the University, I know this as there are always hundreds of people when we are there, American and Japanese tourists mostly so the place is always packed and crowded but if you look past the crowds you will definitely enjoy your day.
My first recommendation about getting there is to use the park and ride system. Parking in Cambridge is incredibly hard to find, especially on a Saturday and Sunday. To be honest during the week is not too bad as there are lots of car parks around which are well sign posted but they are also very expensive and a whole day can cost you near to £10 to park which is quite a high price in my opinion. The park and ride bus stop is just outside Cambridge and again is well signposted. Here you will also find the John Lewis pick up goods depot which is handy as well if you have bought anything from John Lewis. There is a vast amount of parking at the Park and Ride, parking is "free" but the bus will cost you approximately £2.50 per person each way which I think is very good value. There is a machine where you buy your tickets before you board the bus and be sure to keep your return ticket stub to use on the way back. The bus drops you right in the centre of town so it's very handy.
Once in the centre there is plenty to do. If shopping is your thing then there are lots of really nice high street stores to keep you entertained. John Lewis is the main department store and this covers about 4 floors if I remember rightly and is a really nice John Lewis although very busy all the time. John Lewis is actually located in The Grand Arcade which is a covered shopping centre fairly new to Cambridge as it has only been open for a couple of years. This is nice to duck into if it is raining as the rest of the shops are all outdoor ones so to have a covered bit is great.
Other shops that you will find in the area to name but a few include Next, Gap/Baby Gap, Monsoon, Ted Baker, various university shops, French Connection, various shoe shops. Eating is always great around here too and in the centre there is a very nice Yo Sushi, Browns, Chez Gerard, various pub chains, La Tasca etc so all your main food groups for people with all different tastes are covered too.
Of course Cambridge the place wouldn't be Cambridge without the university and what wonderful building and history you can see when you walk around the town. Kings College is one of my favourite buildings and as a tourist you can just wander through a large green area to the River Cam on the other side. There are always lots of students milling around offering a punting trip down the Cam as well which I've done on two occasions and is a really nice thing to do. Of course, it's pricey, I think last time I went it was about £15/£20 per person depending on what student and what boat you took but it was well worth it. The student who of course is offering the ride to pay for their very expensive tuition will tell you all about the colleges and the bridges you pass on your way down the Cam. The boat ride lasts for a good 45 minutes plus so I think it is worth it and you do learn some really nice history about the college.
One of my favourite places to go in Cambridge is actually to visit the Botanical Gardens which are located just outside of the town. I'm preparing a separate review on them as I believe they deserve quite a write up but they are a wonderful little tranquil escape just outside the city for you to appreciate the garden work by horticultural students as well as a nie pond, greenhouses, roses and a little cafe.
Cambridge really does offer something for everyone's taste and is a lovely place to visit.
We have just come back from a weekend away in Bedfordshire, we visited Cambridge for the day on Saturday.
I had never been before and wasn't quite sure what to expect - probably the best way to go! I just thought there was a nice old university there with a river! and there would probably be losts of nice shops! I'm not really into shopping for hours so we decided to go and have a look around the sites.
We parked in the shopping centre, in the centre, which was probably a mistake and a bit expensive to say the least - we paid £6 for 3hours and it went up from there! there is a park and ride which I would probably use another time. It was nice in a way though because when we stepped out of the car we were in the centre.
There are plenty of maps around which is handy as it's quite easy to get lost and as I discovered there is loads more to see than one university!! there's Kings College, St John's College, Christs College, Trinity College, Corpus Christi College, Jesus College, Clare College, Queens College and this is just a few!! All these colleges are grand old buildings and if you like history are very interesting. If you live in Cambridge or are a student they are free to visit them all but if you are a tourist like us it costs to go in! we were happy just to look from the outside and enjoy the atmosphere.
Having said enjoy the atmosphere I have to say it was mid August and the place was packed I don't know if it's like this all year round but in places it was a bit too busy, there were thousands of people from all over the world.
We found at one point that we just wanted to walk away from the main hussle and bustle and found ourselves walking through Jesus park which was quite and just a few people having picnics we walked back towards the river and all the bustle!
As many will know (or may not know) Oxford and Cambridge are famous for their rowing. I didn't see any rowing but through the town the river runs and there are loads of punts for punting. I have to say that the price for these is extorshionate and a shame because for our own kids to enjoy some of heritage it costs far too much! if you want someone to do the punting for you - for an hour (prices Aug2011) it cost £15 per person!!!! if you wanted to hire the punt to do it yourself it was £16 per boat - but obviously you have to have gone with enough people to fill it to make it worth it and it looks like hard work! I must say though it's fun to watch!!
There are however as you get in London and Paris plenty of students earning their money by persuading you to use their companies punting and you will be asked hundreds of times if you'd like to go!
There is also one of very few round Churches, again we didn't go in but it wasn't too expensive I think it was a few pounds to go in. It looked very old and muddled in with all the other buildings around it did look odd when a bus went past!
There are also a few museums we chose to go into the dinosaur one which was free, it had loads of fossil and rock items and a huge dinosaur bone structure. It wasn't a large museum and because I'm not extremely interested in fossils and rocks by the time I'd seen a few it felt a bit much! It was nicely laid out in era's though which I did quite like so you could walk through the era's.
The information shop was very busy and a bit too small for such a lot of people visiting the city, it has a shop attached to it with plenty of British memoriabilia - of course now that Prince William and Kate are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge they've latched onto that and are selling plenty with their faces on!
I have to say that Cambridge looked very English and if you want to experienc what life would've been like back in the Victorian or earlier days then it's worth going along. We had a lovely day and because we weren't expecting much I think we enjoyed it all the more - we had aching feet after 3 hours of walking around and I'm sure there was plenty more to see. It is very very expensive that's the only down side.
I think it is tad unfair to leave your reviews on certain things because it is a matter of a taste. Like music, or food, or Cambridge! Therefore whether you like it or not depends on what you are looking for in the city.
Cambridge is very beautiful, I agree with most of the reviews posted previously. It has long list of universities and colleges worth seeing (another question that to get in and actually have a look you will have to pay a price). There is nice river, decent pubs by the river. Well, that is about its good side.
Now. Cambridge is very expensive. Expect London prices for accommodation and food and probably entertainment. I still have no idea why the city of this size and this much to offer will be up to capital price standards.
Night life is very limited. Several pubs of night clubs with 2.5 cinemas.. And I found a problem to fit myself to any category of those: I feel too old for night clubs in Cambridge as they seem to me like the ones for students only. I am too young for most of very old and borring pubs. So where do I fit then? Especially if you are looking for more laid back or alternative places in cambridge with relevant music - forget about it.
I love it otherwise. Very friendly and very happy to live in if you have the right person next to you and can travel somewhere else for better fun.
It's been a while, and the prices have gone up, but one of the most romantic places to visit (especially if you're really into history like me) is Cambridge. This place, one of England's greatest historical cities, is definitely a treat. The streets are packed with interesting curios - little cobblestone walkways off the main roads hiding antique bookstores or chocolatiers in their narrowness - and the colleges themselves are full of history.
Everywhere you walk, there is something for everyone. Feeling hungry? There are a variety of choices available from bakeries, to pubs serving good fare, or restaurants catering to different specialties. Shopping for something to wear? The choice is between department stores and the bustling market stalls.
But ...if you're looking for that special day for you and the special person in your life ...visit Cambridge in the Spring and Summer time. Take yourself down to one of the many bridges crossing the River Cam and indulge in a punting trip down the river. It is relaxing and your guides will give you a good lesson in the history of the various bridges and universities along the way.
I must admit, my playfulness was ever present on our trip some 16 years ago. After a few shoves of his pole, our punt operator was in stitches when I berated him for not singing the Cornetto song to me, and in response to my assertation that I had never ... (oops, can't say it) in a punt, he promptly said he could let us go by ourselves and he'd hit the pub for an hour! Yes, I must admit, that was a naughty thing for me to say. We were all laughing though and had a great time.
The city abounds with museums and art galleries to satisfy the most eager observer. For instance, Cambridge Contemporary Art at 6 Trinity Street has a reputation for bringing exciting young talent to public attention. In contrast, the Fitzwilliam Museum on Trumpington Street, displays European art work along with ancient Greek, Roman & Egyptian artefacts in an impressive 19th century building.
The Technology Museum at The Old Pumping Station, Cheddars Lane, is a marvellous delve into our industrial past and includes a working letterpress print shop, a Victorian pumping station, and electrical equipment from bygone eras.
The best way to see most of Cambridge? Other than taking the punt on the River Cam to see all the bridges and universities along the way, is to get yourself a good pair of comfortable walking shoes and pound the beat. So much to see that you would miss on the bus, walking around gives you the time to stop and really explore anywhere that you feel drawn to. The exercise will do you good as well.
i''ve lived here for six months now, so i feel like i can accurately represent this city. coming to cambridge from the outside is a major culture sh ock, as much of the city hasn''t changed for hundreds of years. the university is very famous and distinguished, and is spread throughout the city, so that wherever you turn you turn you will find one of the buildings or colleges.
it''s a beautiful city, with a huge amount of culture and love poured into it. the locals are very protective the city and the university and it shows in the upkeep. recently, they opened a new shopping centre called the grand arcade, which houses strores like the apple store and designer clothes shop. it''s very upmarket but it''s also beautiful to look at.
if you''re looking for regular shops the grafton is your best bet, which also houses a cinema and some places to eat. cambridge is packed to bursting with restaurants, oubs and bars, and has a reasonable nightlife.
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Be prepared to be seriously underwhelmed if your idea of Cambridge is a glorious, posh, classy city full of culture.
The bit by the river and the old University buildings is nice (in fact some of the old buiuldings around the centre of the city are very nice indeed), there are some big open parks, and there are some splendid churches and other historial buildings dotted about the place, but I'm afraid once you've seen those then there isn't a lot left to see.
The rest of Cambridge is drab, grubby and in parts really quite seedy, especially around the Mill Road and Arbury areas but in quite a few other places as well. Everyone I know who has driven in Cambridge has seen their blood pressure rise through the roof, as the road system is horrendous (although they do have a park and ride facility). and quite apart from that, the train station is literally miles from the city centre. You have to walk not only down Station Road but then down Hills Road, and trust me- that is one long, long, tedious walk.
As if that wasn't enough, walking down Hills Road and almost anywhere else in this place you are continuously plagued by idiot students who insist on illegally riding their bikes on the pavement and have no concept of getting out of the way of pedestrians. Yes, Cambridge has probably more bikes, and more crap cyclists than almost anywhere else in the country. If you wander down a Cambridge pavement, be prepared for cyclists coming straight at you at over 20mph, presumably in the firmly held belief that the walkways are their domain.
Cambridge also seems to have the pushiest Big Issue sellers in the country. Half of them are already drunk (and this is at lunchtime) and actually step in your way to try and peddle their wares- and when you try and walk around them or ignore them, of course out come the expletives in a steady (and often quite inventive) stream.
There are lots of restaurants, especially in the Hills Road area- there must be hundreds down that street alone- and some of them are actually pretty good. Most of the pubs, however, leave a fair bit to be desired. The King Street Run (on King street, oddly enough) is nice though- they play alternative music upstairs (plus there are two pool tables) whilst the football types congregate downstairs and watch the telly- so the two groups rarely seem to get in each other's "way".
However there are rumours afoot that like most other alternative bars and clubs, the place is to be shut down or have a "trendy makeover"- no doubt to arise from the dead as a squeaky clean wine bar where spoiled students can hang out after spending the previous six hours in Starbucks.
Cambridge at night is pretty ropey, so don't leave it too late to get back home!
On the plus side, they've opened a new bowling centre on the other side of the railway bridge, and it's pretty good, although drinks and meals are horrendously overpriced as you would expect. Rather than eat in the bowling centre, check out the Frankie and Benny's restaurant next door- we had a lovely meal there and the place has a nice, relaxed ambience to it. There are several other restaurants in that area, and all in all that complex doesn't seem too bad- lacking in soul and any kind of atmosphere but then again its has only been built quite recently.
This area also has the Cambridge Junction, which is a nice gig venue with decent acoustics and a good ambience- unfortunately not that many decent bands play there very often, and it's a tad on the small side. But the Junction is still one of the better things that Cambridge has to offer.
Cambridge has all the chain stores that you'll find anywhere else in the country- I don't need to name them, you can probably recite them all yourselves, and kids probably have a nursery rhyme to help them remember each one. However it does have three decent bookstores in the city centre- Waterstones, Borders (my personal favourite) and Hammicks, which is a redeeming factor.
In summary Cambridge is way, way overrated. I know a few Americans who are desperate to go over there- "Hey, we really wanna visit Cambridge Cambridgeshire!" I've explained to them that it might well be worth a day trip, but don't spend any longer in the place.
It's a very, very average place for a city of its size, and the house prices, whilst they're steadying now, are far too high. In fact considering how overrated and ordinary much of it is, Cambridge's house prices are truly extortionate. This is a city that likes to think it's London but just isn't and never will be.
By all means go and check the place out, but don't expect too much and hopefully you won't be too disapointed.
I've lived in Cambridge for three years, and lived outside it for ten years prior to this. Cambridge has a reputation as a sleepy university town where not much happens. This is in some ways correct. The town is tiny and there is not a great deal to do. Nightlife is basically restricted to pubs or the cinema. There are a handful of clubs but they are all tiny and play awful music. Only the Junction has any decent music with big names, and then only on Saturdays. Fridays at the Junction is Boogie Wonderland where the trendies get down to Abba in their boob tubes. Great if you like that sort of thing but a lot of people don't. I would like to mention that the Bouncers in Cambridge clubs all are frightening and very often unpredictable. The Town Centre, Arbury and Mill Road can be very violent at night and I tend to avoid it unless I have to. This may surprise those who think of Cambridge as a centre for intellectual Sobriety, but at night the town centre is all breaking glass, drunk students and drunk locals looking for students to beat up. The "Town and Gown" animosity has changed little over 100 years. Even on a weekday the pubs in teh town centre can get very full and you'll usually have to stand up. I would avoid the pubs in the town centre at the weekend completely unless you wear bright shirts or very short skirts. It's not nearly as bad as somewhere like Millwall but you should still watch out for yourself. There is a sharp difference between "town" and "gown" - there are lots of expensive bars selling £6 cocktails to girls with cigarette holders or grotty "locals" full of football where you get the feeling it could kick off at any time. There's very little in-between, although I'd recommend the Portland Arms and Kingston Arms as lovely friendly pubs that aren't too poncy or rough. You just have to look around. There are often bands and music in the pubs and it's quite po
ssible to see two perfectly rubbish bands and a comedian in one night by wandering from the Boat Race to the Portland Arms and back again. The town is so small everyone knows everyone else and it's very easy to make friends. After the pub shuts you usually end up round someone's house until the small hours. Not much happens in the town but lots of nice things happen in people's houses. Summer in Cambridge is wonderful - there's lots of beautiful parks to sit on and most people go to the Mill Pond and sit by the river drinking watching the punts go by in the dark. Cambridge is so wonderfully liberal you can drink cans of beer outside and smoke dope (if you are that way inclined) and the police often turn a blind eye. Not that illegal soft drugs should be encouraged... On the various parks there's a succession of fairs of music over the summer, most of them free. Strawberry fair is a fantastic free festival of rock and dance music in June, The folk festival (July) is always very well organised and the beer festival (May) is well worth a mention too. At the university's there's always various theatre, art and dance events and the Corn Exchange caters well for Jazz fans and the Folkies. The university run several large museums and the beautiful botanical gardens. There's an arts cinema and an arts theatre for those who enjoy the more cultured and obscure side of entertainment. Sport Fans have a few sports centres, gyms and two national football clubs but there's not even a bowling alley in Cambridge. If you want bowling or ice skating you'll have to go to nearby Ely. I believe there's plans to build one near the Junction but that's for the future. For now sports facilities are lacking. Shopping facilities are OK, nothing more. There's some chain shops in the town centre and in the Grafton Centre but people often complain about shopping in Cambridge. It's easy to find th
at ca rved wooden horses head and a hand painted bowl for your mantelpiece or a seascape by a renowned local artist but i ts hard to find a decent pair of trousers. It's that kind of place. As with everything in Cambridge you should remember that London is only 45 minutes away on the train and if you want a big night out or huge shopping spree you should just go to the station. There are trains every 20 minutes until midnight to London and back again. House prices in Cambridge are diabolical. Hardly anyone can afford to buy and a single room in a shared house is an average of £250 - £350 a month not including bills to rent. There's lots of employment in the town from very highly paid & exclusive technical work on the science park to more menial jobs at the university. If you are qualified to design a new drug for cancer patients or just want to wash up test tubes for a living you can do it in Cambridge. This means that Cambridge society is very strictly layered into the (very highly paid) rich, the very poor (struggling to pay their rent) and the foreign students. Again, there's very little in between. Cambridge's narrow streets are not designed for traffic. It's a waste of time trying to drive anywhere because it is usually quicker to walk. There's also a series of nightmare one way systems and programmes of rising bollards that people are always crashing into. The traffic and buses crawl along at walking pace for most of the day. In rush hour it will take you over an hour to travel less than a mile. Get the park and ride into the town centre, or get a bike. Everyone cycles everywhere if they live in the town. Thefts are common and roads are sometimes dangerous but at least it's flat. It's fabulous cycling around the city seeing all the beautiful buildings and wide open spaces and I can highly recommend it. Overall Cambridge is one of the most relaxed, cultured and attractive cities in th
e UK. Ther e's lo ts of intelligenent people and the whole attitudes are very liberal indeed. There's nowhere else quite like it. Whether you'll like it or not will depend entirely on your outlook on life. If you want non stop excitement and a fast pace in life then you'll get bored in Cambridge. Personally I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. I enjoy cycling to work along the river Cam too much. If I want some excitement I just go to London for the day, but that's not very often. I do love living in Cambridge. Edit: Sorry about the lack of capitals and the weird spacing in this review. It looks fine when I type it in and on the edit page. Strange.
I have had the pleasure of visiting Cambridge twice in the last few months and thought it deserving enough to write an opinion on. Cambridge’s main attractions are undoubtedly its colleges and of course its world famous university. It also boasts many other attractions such as museums, art galleries and theaters and some of these worth visiting are: Museums ----------- --Imperial War Museum at Duxford A former Battle of Britain airfield and now home to many historic Airplanes --American Military Cemetery, Madingly The burial place of some 4000 American servicemen killed during the 2nd world war. --Cambridge and County Folk Museum, Northampton Street Mainly rural and domestic equipment dating from the 17th century onwards --Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey, Water beach --Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington street --Museum of Technology, Riverside --University Museum of Classical Archaeology --University museum of Zoology. Sidgwick Avenue --Whipple Museum Art Galleries & Theaters ------------------------ --The Junction Cattle Market Music and arts Center --Kettle's Yard Castle Street Exhibition Gallery --The ADC Theatre Park street The Amateur Dramatic Club's own Theatre --Cambridge Arts Center and Theatre --Cambridge Corn Exchange Live Arts venue The nightlife is also quite enchanting, especially if you’re a person who loves pubs and mingling and interacting with other people. The absolute variety of pubs in Cambridge is astonishing. From the ancient to the new. Everywhere you look there’s a pub. Visitors are very welcome and made to feel at home. One thing you must do if you ever visit Cambridge is to take a very relaxing punt on the Cam. Basically this is a ride on the canal in a canoe type of boat. This is a very popular
activity and provides a great way of seeing Cambridge and the magnificent colleges from the Backs. You can either pilot (punting as its referred to) yourself or hire someone. The later suited me fine. Something very Vienna like. Amongst the mixture of all the grandeur and history Cambridge has now become the center of the High Tech industry in Britain. All major high-tech firms have opened up huge units in Cambridge including “Microsoft”. Some refer to it as the “Silicon Valley”. I don’t think there is no other town like Cambridge and there never will be. It’s as if it’s in a world of its own. So there you have it a mixture of old and new and a lovely one at that.
Cambridge is a lot like Banchory really. Not many people, good schooling installments, plenty of hot chicks. As the city is built around the university, there are lots of student areas built to entertain and keep Students. that means good fashionable shops to. And because Cambridge is a good university, the city is a good place. everybody is kindly and all the shops are cheap. the city itself isn't to crouded and there are lots of parks and stuff. If you were visiting there are various attractions like the Cambridge museum of Art and the Army Barracks. The first design for a nuclear bomb was created in Cambridge University by a student by Stewart Brown. The film Octopussy was filmed in Cambridge, in the Dorms of the University.
This is an opinion of a part of Cambridge that many tourists miss. Did you know that Mill Road is the third biggest shopping area in Cambridge? Mill Road is a long road split in half by a railway bridge. It is an area of terrace housing and flats interspersed with businesses and shops, pub and drop-in centres. There are a wide variety of shops including specialist organic and ethnic, interspersed with the more main stream banks, pharmacies and even the post office. Mill Road has its fair share of problems. Mill Road provides a good example of the chronic; common resident?s problems across the City of Cambridge. Okay, so the police station is at the top end of Mill Road, but it does not deter the drunken lout or the speeding motorists. Many of Cambridge?s visitors never see Mill Road. Its shops are suffering with high cost of living; rent and rates are high even though the area is a little deprived. The Local Council?s decision to close the Library in 1996 has caused a significant drop in trade for shops. As a result of this depression, the last greengrocer, Covent Garden Centre, closed in November 1997. **Cambridge Drama Centre** The Cambridge Drama Centre is an intimate and lively studio venue, found within the heart of residential Cambridge. This site operates as a place for workshops and theatre space. This centre provides a wide and yet vibrant programme for contemporary touring theatre. There are many exciting classes and workshops for both children and adults. It is a fun place to explore. Covent Garden, Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 2HR Booking: 01223 322748/504444 Information: 01223 322748 **Car Parking** There is very little car parking on Mill Road. The nearest car parks to Mill Road are the multi-storey Queen Anne Terrace or Gwydir Street car park. **Hotel** The Gonville Place Hotel is the nearest hotel to Mill Road. It is an independent
family hotel in the heart of Cambridge. The Gonville Hotel is overlooking Parker's Piece, where famed cricketer Sir Jack Hobbs honed his game. The Gonville's Hotel has sixty bedrooms, which are comfortably furnished. They boast an en-suite bath and shower, coffee and tea making facilities, colour television, plus hairdryers. Cost: Single rooms from £90.00 per night Double/Twin rooms from £120.00 per night **Parkside Swimming Pool** At the city end of Mill Road, the New Parkside swimming pool is situated. The new building now houses a twenty-five-metre pool with two gigantic flumes rides, a separately adaptable diving pool along with a specially designed child's water area. There is also a health suite and the ubiquitous cafeteria restaurant! Cost: Single Swim Adult Swim £2.80 Junior 3-16 year olds Swim £1.40 Under 3's swim free Health Centre (Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, Sun 9am-12 noon) Adult £5.10 Junior 3-16 year olds £2.60 Adult and swim £7.15 Junior and swim £3.60 **Pubs** Cambridge has a wide selection of public houses and Mill Road is no exception. *Chariots of fire* 83 mill road This pub, once the Durham Ox has undertaken a radical change. Its interior is now bright and colourful with a couple of fruit machines. The furniture is eclectic, combining sofas with wooden chairs and tables. It is a pub that seems to cater for the type of person who wishes to leave the humdrum society of today! The menu is traditional, with a small range of dishes including all-day breakfast, jacket potatoes, and lasagne, pies, sandwiches and stew, all for around £4. There are a wide variety of beers, on sale along with coffee and hot chocolate. A small room at the back is available for hire after 8pm and next to the kitchen. *Earl of Beaconsfield* 133 Mill Road This recently renovated Bass pub promotes good quality, service and cleanliness. The interior is decorated with old pictures and photographs of many Cambridge colleges. This public house now features a beer garden, a dartboard, fruit machine, juke box, pool table and television. Unusually, the pub offers a selection of books for its customers to read A wide selection of home cooked food is served from midday to 10:30pm seven days a week. *Grasshopper* 2 Brookfields This public house is now boarded up. *Royal Standard* 292 Mill Road Use to be a branch Head Quarters (Marshall?s Engineering) for AUEW! Before redecoration, this public house was known as the Kitty Dunphys and prior to that Royal Standard. It is a pub with an Irish flavour, featuring two large bars plus a beer garden to the rear. *The Brook* 25 Brookfields This was formerly known as the Brookfield Tavern. This is a popular public house that has recently been refurbished, with plaques attached to the ceiling and a variety of pictures upon the walls. The Brook has at least one fruit machine along with a pool table. *The Locomotive* 44 Mill Road This is a newly refurbished public house. It is also under new management so things about this establishment are changing. *White Swan* 109 Mill Road This public house is not always a nice place to visit! **Religion** A wide selection of churches can be found in and around Mill Road. There are two Church of England Churches on Mill Road itself. The Salvation Army is on Tenison Road. The Zion Baptist Church can be found opposite the police Station on East Road and the Roman Catholic Church, Hills Road is a short walk from the Gonville Hotel. This is just a small taster of the life found in Cambridge?s Mill Road. I feel this is the real Cambridge. Okay so it is a little depri
ved but the atmosphere is great. I feel it is a little like Camden Town, London. The areas like Romsey town have their own communities too. The shops are independent, as are many of the take-aways. If you fancy getting away from the tourist, then maybe Mill Road is worth a visit.
My son who is in his final year at primary school, today returned from his end of school holiday. He stayed at St Marks College in Audley End, however, when I asked him what was the highlight of the week he said Cambridge, it was brill. Not having ever been to Cambridge myself I asked him what was good about it - everything he said. The architecture was very unusual, this from my 10 year old, "you'd really like it Mum. Can we go again, next weekend. We went punting, it was great, the market was brilliant and we went to a Tower and climber 120+ steps, please can we go again." I have never known my son so animated about anyway or anything, needless to say we are visiting next weekend, it sounds terrific. When I asked him to select the best bit of the whole day, he said it was the market - sounds good to me. Only one problem though, he went on Wednesday. Do they have a market on Saturday, I sure hope so. I will updat this opinion, from my own experiences when we have been.
- and if you're just going as a visitor, ignore the other, negative reviews here. It is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been, and certainly one of the prettiest in England. The architecture is amazing and some of the colleges really special - which is just as well because there isn't much else to do in Cambridge except wander around them. Buy any guidebook and there will be any number of tours you can try to follow, which will probably only get you lost. My advice is, unless you're looking for something specific, head for the centre of town (follow signs to Market square) and just wander. DOn't whatever you do try to drive in - parking places are like hen's teeth and the roads/one way systems are a nightmare, so try and arrive by train (v efficient service from Kings Cross, assuming the line's working) or use the park n' ride service. The town's so small you won't need to drive once you're there, pretty much everything is within walking distance. And I really wouldn't recommend cycling unless you're a pro. Granted most of the traffic is very used to bicycles because all the students have them, but the streets are narrow, the traffic is heavy and the aforementioned one way systems are just as much of a headache for bicycles. Plus you'll only have to keep stopping and chaining them up when you want to go into the colleges - and this you must do, or they WILL get stolen. So. Once you've started wandering, you could wind up anywhere. When entering colleges, be prepared for stroppy porters (the besuited gentlemen at the front of each college, they need very careful handling - many are ex police) and get to grips with the basic lingo and layout of the colleges. You enter through the porter's lodge, generally, and the colleges themselves are laid out in courts (NOT quads, that's Oxford).The bits generally worth seeing are the main courts, the chapels and Hall, which is where
everyone eats (Trinity and St JOhns are especially good) The main 'sight' is the massive chapel of Kings College, which is pretty spectacular, but for my money the really pretty colleges are the smaller ones. Clare has gorgeous gardens and a really pretty bridge, Trinity is absolutely stunning and has a fabulous court by Christopher Wren, Corpus is dinky, one of the smallest colleges with about the only remaining complete medieval court in existence. But you'll have a guidebook to sort you out with that, so I won't bother going into it here. My main tips are these: DO take a punting trip - don't be fooled by how easy it looks, it's bloody difficult and I speak as one who has spent a long time trying, and watched many, many friends fall in while learning. Plus the puntees, tho' expensive, are usually students and really need the cash. They also generally know a lot about the colleges and so you kinda get a guided tour at the same time. The other main point is that you need to be very careful at what time you go. Visit out of term and everything will be very quiet, except in the summer when it'll be overflowing with foreign language students cycling badly and trying to learn English. Visit in term and that's when you'll see the university in action. And on no account visit during May or early June - this is exam time, and you won't even be able to get into many of the colleges because they close to visitors - understandably, as the last thing you want when you're studying for finals is a bunch of tourists shouting loudly under your bedroom or taking photos of you in the library. Foodwise, there's not much either: students tend to hang out at the very smart Pizza Express on Jesus Lane or, late at night when after a kebab, outside the infamous Gardies (The Gardenia, just off market square). Otherwise, head for sandwich shops like Nadia's - there are heaps of them, ask any one
for directions - you'll get a much better deal. The copper kettle on Kings Parade is ace for a coffee and a cake too. And while you're there, try to resist buying anything with the Cambridge logo on, BTW, no student would be seen dead in the t-shirts and they're an instant giveaway as a result.
Cambridge is just about 18 miles from my home town. And we have a very regular bus service to and from it. Cambridge, is a wonderful city in many ways. Firstly there are the parks, the river, the quaint cafe's, and some lovely views. there is also a mass of shops. The city has two main shopping centres. Firstly there is the main area near the bus station. Just walk through Bradwell court (from the bus station), and you are hit with a street full of shop's. Cross the road and you get to Lions yard (an under cover shopping centre). A little walk away (in the other direction) we have the grafton centre, where it's inside shopping all the way! All in all Cambridge is well worth a visit! My bet is that you'll fallin love with Cambridge like most people!
Cambridge I have been to this city twice. This was one of cities I like in first sight. The city is so small that you can travel in one day. I could not decide if the university was in the city or if the city was in the university. The Cambridge University surrounds all the city and every building you see in the city belong to Cambridge University. Faculties are everywhere. Buildings of faculties are perfect and very historical. It is very difficult to understand how they manage to manage such a big university like that. I have to talk about the university, because Cambridge means Cambridge University. If you go to Cambridge in spring or summer you can cruise in the river. I have been there at the graduate day of the university and we had fun a lot. There are hundreds of drunk students and can of beers everywhere. I saw a lot stereotype English students there. City was completely English in terms of every way. City was completely English in terms of every way. Because in other universities in England, students are not that much stereotype.I just traveled the center of the city and I won’t be able talk about anywhere else. The city also has an open market at the center. You can a find a shopping center named Grafton as well. Moreover there is a theatre called Mumford Theatre. Cambridge is very close to London. It doesn’t take over 1.5 hours. I liked Cambridge a lot especially in comparison with Oxford. It is a very nice city.
Living just a 30 minute drive away from Cambridge I quite often take a day trip to explore this wonderful historic University City. It is a glorious city, steeped in history and I would say one of the most beautiful cities in the entire world. Cambridge is built upon the river Cam which meanders gracefully through the city centre. Here over a thousand years before the university was begun a Roman Fort sat perched upon the Castle Mound next to a crossing on the river. Later there was a Saxon castle a market town and a river port for trade. Both William the Conqueror and Oliver Cromwell defended Castle Mound and their respective fortresses although nothing remains of them today. The oldest structure to survive those early days of Cambridge is the Saxon tower of St Bene’t’s Church which was built about 1020 or thereabouts. The first college built in the city was Peterhouse and was founded in 1284. Many more colleges followed making this city the famous university city that it is today and a rival with the older Oxford University. For a fabulous view over the city you should visit the majestic tower of Great St Mary’s Church situated in King’s Parade from which you can marvel at the panorama of the area. Cambridge provides many attractions for the visitor. There are numerous museums to explore, I personally recommend the wonderful University Museum of Archaeology in Downing Street and the Ambridge Art and Holographic Centre situated off Magdalene Street. Both these venues are open all year round. Another museum worth visiting is the Fitzwilliam Museum, again open all year round and regarded as one of the nation’s chief ‘treasure houses’. This museum belongs to the Universities and houses a fine collection of Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities together with fascinating examples of weapons, armour, coins and other such like relics of our past. No write up about Cambridge wou
ld be complete without mentioning the Botanic Gardens. These tranquil and relaxing gardens are situated not far from the City Centre and provide a refreshing oasis for the weary traveller. Established primarily for botanical research this haven is now a very popular attraction for those with a keen botanical interest and the layman alike. Provided for your enjoyment is a rock garden, a scented garden and a winter garden all with most colourful and interesting plants. An excellent additional feature is the Chronological Bed; plants are arranged here in the order that they were introduced into the UK and provide an historical account of the growth (no pun intended) of different plant species in our history. There are many more wonders for the visitor to behold such as the library of Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) which is situated in Magdalene College. Here there are over 3000 books and over 70 medieval manuscripts and early printed books including some published by Caxton. Some of Pepys’ diaries are also housed here. Punting is also a favourite pastime for both students and visitors although it does require a certain amount of skill although you can hire a punt and steersman for a reasonable price. Taking a trip by punt does afford some excellent views of the colleges and some of the other delights of Cambridge including the ‘Mathematical Bridge’ built in 1749 without nails and relying on mathematical principles for its design, structure and strength. I could write much more about this wonderful city but don’t want to run the risk of boring my readers, however anyone considering a visit here is strongly recommended to do so for here you will find a beautiful and historic marvel, firmly established as one of the countries two main seats of learning. You will certainly need to spend at least a day here but my suggestion is that if you can get away for a long weekend then do so. There are many hotels and guest house
s available and plenty of bed and breakfast accommodation to choose from. Go on treat yourself, you deserve it. (C)2001 Jon White