Venture less than an hour outside of London and you will find yourself in a stunning city with a famous reputation.
The city of Cambridge is best known for being home to one of the best universities in the world, the University of Cambridge, but now it also has another accolade after being named one of the top ten small cities in the world.
Ranked 7th by Conde Nast Traveler, Cambridge won for activities, restaurants and friendliness.
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The city has many attractions to entertain visitors, starting with the 31 university colleges that can be found hidden in the medieval cobbled streets that dot the city.
Many of them date back hundreds of years and allow visitors to enter, ride the ancient quads, and attend evenings in their chapels.
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An activity almost synonymous with Cambridge is rowing on the River Cam, which is best enjoyed in the warmer months of the year.
Boats are shallow boats that are propelled by someone pushing a huge pole – feel free to try it yourself if you’re feeling brave, or pay a little more to have a pro do it for you.
The views along the river are breathtaking and will take you straight through the city center, giving you incredible views of the city that you might not otherwise be able to see, including the backs of Trinity and King’s College.
If you’re looking for more culture, you might be interested in visiting the Fitzwilliam Museum to see its collection of art and artifacts from around the world.
When all the activity and walking gets too strenuous, you may want to kick back and refuel at one of Cambridge’s many delicious places to eat.
For an elegant meal, you can try the Parker’s Tavern brasserie, which serves delicious British classics reinterpreted with a different twist.
If you want something a little more low-key, the Fitzbillies is worth visiting for one of their famous Chelsea buns, supposedly ‘the stickiest in the world’, and a cup of tea.
Alternatively, if you’re visiting during school and would like to soak up the bustling atmosphere of the student body, we recommend visiting The Eagle for a pint or two.
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The Eagle, one of Cambridge’s oldest pubs, is said to date back to the 14th century and was the place where scientists Francis Crick and James Watson announced that they had “ found the secret of life ” when they discovered DNA in 1953. .
For visiting other shops and cafes, Mill Road is popular for its variety of cafes, restaurants, and independent shops.
The city is full of green spaces, including the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, for a summer picnic or a walk.
Just outside the city center you can visit Grantchester, the setting for the ITV drama of the same name.
You can enjoy a seat by the river or try an afternoon tea at the nearby café.
The historic Market Square is one of the rare in the country that is open seven days a week, with merchants selling fresh food, souvenirs, clothing and accessories, and other items.