16 October 2014

Cambridge | 5 Must Visit Places

Cambridge, UK - Aspiring Londoner

A couple of months ago, quite spontaneously we decided to take a road trip down south beginning at Cambridge.  I’ve heard so much about the architecture and the charm of Cambridge that it’s always been on my list to visit.  We spent two days there and used up every single minute to do something.  I’m going to share my top 5 things to do whilst in Cambridge if you’re contemplating a visit.


Mathematical Bridge on River Cam, Cambridge, UK - Aspiring Londoner
Mathematical Bridge on River Cam
Punting on River Cam, Cambridge, UK - Aspiring Londoner
Punting on River Cam
You can’t visit Cambridge and not go punting on River Cam.  That’d be sacrilegious!  You can either go on a talking punting tour or punt yourself.  If you’re feeling adventurous, go for the latter.  We went for the tour option, it was around £16 each and I really enjoyed it.  You also go under the Mathematical Bridge on River Cam on your tour, which is nice to see up close.  The weather was amazing and the tour took us around the University of Cambridge Colleges and gave us brief histories about the individual colleges and the City of Cambridge.  A must-do!

King's College Chapel, University of Cambridge - Aspiring Londoner
King's College Chapel, University of Cambridge
King's College Chapel, University of Cambridge - Aspiring Londoner
King's College Chapel, University of Cambridge

2.  King’s College
It was founded in 1441 by King Henry VI and is famous for its Chapel & Choir.  You can read more history about the King’s College here, if you’re into your history; it’s very interesting.  The Chapel is absolutely stunning!  It’s one of the best ones I’ve seen.  The glass work is beautifully intricate and the inside is as regal as can be expected.  The garden at the back is well kept and you can see River Cam flowing peacefully with the punting boats floating by.

Trinity College, University of Cambridge - Aspiring Londoner
Trinity College, University of Cambridge
Trinity College Chapel, University of Cambridge - Aspiring Londoner
Trinity College Chapel, University of Cambridge

3.  Wren Library and Trinity College
I was absolutely dying to Wren Library!  The thought of seeing the annotated copy of “PhilosophiƦ Naturalis Principia Mathematica” by Sir Isaac Newton was just – I have no words.  The library also has Sir Newton’s notebook too!  It contains many manuscripts, including that of Winnie the Pooh!  If you’re a book and history lover – this’ll be an excellent place to visit!

The Trinity College has a lovely garden square surrounded by beautiful buildings, and a charming chapel.  It’s rather different to the other chapels, so worth a little visit.

Unfortunately it was closed during our Cambridge visit; however it was on our lists of places to see.  If you love museums in general, this is a must see place.  The collections include artifacts from Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, European Sculptures & pottery, coins etc.  If I go again, this’ll be my first stop.

City of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK - Aspiring Londoner


5.  Take a walk through Cambridge
Being a Mancunian all my life, I’m used to the hustle & bustle of city life.  Driving into Cambridge, one of the first things I noticed was how un-city like, picturesque and green it was.  We parked our car at the hotel and literally walked everywhere.  Wherever we walked, we were surrounded by the beautiful architecture, greenery and being the city of cycles – it was nice to not have usual city traffic.  Get a map on your phone, wear some comfy shoes and off you go!  If you take your bike, you could become a Cambridgean (is that a real word?!) for the day!

There are other great things to see if you have the time, like the Church of the Holy Sepulchre aka The Round Church, all the University of Cambridge Colleges, U of C botanical Gardens, Cambridge sculpture trails, walking/biking tours, etc.  You can find all the details here.  However if you’re strapped for time, these are the must see places in my opinion!

Have you been to Cambridge?  What other places would you recommend? Share in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!
                              

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