Home to one of the world’s top universities, Cambridge is one of Britain’s top tourist destinations. Located along the banks of the River Cam, this historic city is well worth a visit with something for everyone to see and do. Cambridge offers a wealth of museums and art galleries, boasting the highest concentration of internationally renowned collections outside of London. The University offers eight different museums, including the famous Fitzwilliam Museum of art and antiquities whilst the Imperial War Museum and the Cambridge University Botanical Gardens are all well worth visiting.
Take a stroll through Cambridge’s quaint cobbled streets and discover hidden cafes and shops or marvel at the stunning architecture of the University colleges. During warmer months, enjoy punting along the River Cam or take in a show at one of the many theatres. Quintessentially British, afternoon tea in Cambridge is a great idea and venues such as the beautiful Quy Mill Hotel, the Hotel Felix and the Doubletree Hilton hotel offer a superb afternoon tea filled with the finest of sweet and savoury treats.
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Cambridge only received city status in 1951
Although settlement remains can be found dating back 3,500 years, it was only in 1951 that Cambridge received city status.
The first set of rules for modern football were drawn up at Cambridge University
Whilst the local football team Cambridge United may not be recognised as a powerhouse, it was at Cambridge University in 1848 that the first set of rules were drawn up.
Pink Floyd have their roots in Cambridge
Syd Barrett (former songwriter), Roger Waters and David Gilmour all went to school in Cambridge before forming one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century.
Associates of Cambridge University have won 89 Nobel Prizes
Cambridge University scholars and associates have amassed 89 Nobel Prizes across the six disciplines, considerably more than rivals Oxford who have a mere 58.
Lord Byron did indeed have a bear in his lodgings
As University laws prohibited Lord Byron from keeping his much loved dog in his lodgings, he kept a bear instead! He successfully argued that this animal wasn't specifically mentioned in the statutes and won the argument!
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