In this post you will find out my favourite places in Cambridge, UK, about my soundtrack to the city and of course, see plenty of photos taken by me in this city (with a point-and-shoot camera).
First of all, I would like to point out that it is better to actually come here when the semester is ongoing, but preferably on a weekend, that way you can book a trip to most famous colleges of Cambridge and see the university city in action. Plus, you’ll get to see the Sunday market too.
What first surprised me when I came here (and it’s only a few hours from London), it was the ease with which you can come over to the Tourist Information Bureau and ask for anything you want, you’ll get maps and brochures for free, and book an official walking tour including Kings College, tours usually start at 11am and 1pm, so don’t be late. These days the tour costs £18 for adults, and £16 concessions.
This was a sunny day and everyone was out enjoying the last days of autumn. Walking around the ancient walls, where so many talented and world famous scientists got their degrees and made so many worthy discoveries made it all feel unreal. Looking up the old windows, which are actual students’ houses, gliding my hand on the walls of colleges, bridges and benches, made me feel a part of the greatness that is Cambridge.
Now..I can speak about Cambridge for hours, and I wish I was writing back then, because I had a million of thoughts in my head, just as I do now, only now I write stuff down 😉
Onto a few must-see places of the city.
For stunning views like these, you need to go to Great St Mary’s Church, which marks the centre of Cambridge and which is also a grand viewing point. The entry costs £3.30 both for adults and students. When I climbed up there, there was no one in that tower, I was standing on top of the world, with the wind in my hair, and sunlight on my face, the birds were singing and I was taking lots of photos, and generally enjoying my life and the view from the top.
While I was standing there, “Clocks” by Coldplay was in my ears (yes, that’s how long it was). The prices are current though 😉
Another place you need to visit is River Cam. And if you have time, do the punting. It’s what everyone in Cambridge does, sadly I still didn’t get around to doing this, although I have been to the city quite a few times already. What’s wrong with me?
Now, I’m sure that after the film “Theory of Everything”came out with Eddie Redmayne portraying the great scientist Stephen Hawking, there are even more tourists in Cambridge. Yes, this is the city where he studied, fell in love and, well, you know the whole story.
A wonderful sculptural clock was installed in 2008 (the year of my first visit here), and the following photo was captured just a couple of weeks after it was first presented by Stephen Hawking himself to the public. It is called “Corpus Clock”, after Corpus Christi College, whose walls hold this piece of chronography. I personally call the clock “The Stephen Hawking Clock”. Please, don’t judge me.
The next item on your list would be the Mathematical Bridge, and it is said (and I believe it, or want to believe it) to have been built by Sir Isaac Newton without the bolts and nuts. It is indeed built with the use of straight timbers (google it, if you’re interested) and they say that someone once wanted to disassemble it (just for the sake of it), and then try to assemble it again, but they failed, hence the addition of the bolts etc. I like that story and I tell this story to people with whom I visited Cambridge over the years. You can decide for yourself, but don’t you think that sometimes facts are just unnecessary?
After the bridge you would want to go for a drink and I suggest you go to The Eagle. If you were ever fascinated with the way our body is constructed (cells that is, but hey I’m not a scientist, so don’t go overboard here), come here for a pint of fine English ale, because that’s exactly what the DNA discoverers, James Watson and Frances Crick, did when they, well.. discovered the DNA chain.
The inn “Eagle and Child” was first mentioned in 1525, according to the sign on the pub itself.
Usually when I go to pubs, I order cider (that is a sweet fizzy alcoholic drink that I love).
There are quite a few galleries and museums in Cambridge which you would love to visit, but the most important thing – walk around, look around, maybe read a book by the river, get fascinated by the old architecture and the great walls that hold so much history and so many stories. Maybe they will hold yours too? Cambridge university application is just one click away 😉
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