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City that never stops
Cambridge in General
Member Name: lubyloo
Cambridge in General
Advantages: Beautiful old buildings and plenty of history
Disadvantages: Very expensive and busy
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.
Summary: A great place to visit.