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Cambridge in general
Cambridge in General
Member Name: Whizz11
Cambridge in General
Advantages: Great for shopping, sightseeing, history, gardens
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.
Summary: Cambridge in general
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