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Due to its location, Cambridge can be easily accessed, being situated at a distance of about 50 miles north of London, having great rail and road services. Although the city has its own airport, from 2006 there aren't any flights scheduled to it. However, you can reach Cambridge from one of London's international airports, if you are travelling by air.
If you are visiting Cambridge by car, you can rent one from the many rental centres in the city. However, you should think of leaving your car in one of the Park and Rides spots, which are free, and take a bus from there. If you are still considering driving in the city, you should be careful at the one way streets, which may be quite confusing, and quickly spot a parking place because of the crowded streets and traffic.
The bus is recommended if you are leaving Cambridge for its surroundings, and then you should choose National Express. If you are taking the bus inside the city, then there are more than one transportation companies that operate in Cambridge, therefore tickets cannot be used for more companies. Buses are clean and efficient, and a ticket will cost you between Â£1.20 and Â£2, or Â£3 for an all-day pass.
At the train station there is a cycle rental centre from where you can take your ride to visit the city, because Cambridge is easily accessible by bike, due to the National Cycle Network.
The city centre is traffic free and actually most of Cambridge is pedestrian friendly. So, you can visit the colleges, parks and museums by foot, but you should be careful at the pavements, because some of them are shared by pedestrians and cyclists.
The most representative spot in Cambridge city is the University, which attracts former, current, and prospect students, but also many tourists. The University comprises more than one semi-independent colleges, close to the city centre, from which some of them will charge you a fee for entering. This fee is intended to keep the privacy of the people who are studying in the colleges; otherwise the University would become a crowded sight for tourists. Also, you should keep in mind that the Colleges are closed to public during the exam periods from the mid May to mid June.
Below, you can find a list of the most famous colleges of Cambridge University, that worth a visit while being in the town.
They are the most famous attractions in the city due to their impressive architectural Gothic design and innovation. Actually, the uniqueness of chapel comes from the fact that it houses the largest fan vault ceiling in the world and some of the finest medieval stained glass. The fee charged for entrance is around Â£4.50 for adults, and Â£3 for children or students.
It is a must-see sight, as it is the oldest and smallest college in Cambridge, founded in 1284, and still functioning. When you visit Peterhouse College, be sure you don't miss the 17th century chapel and the restored 13th century hall.
Was built by Henry VIII in the 16th century, preserving today the original brick gateway that was constructed in 1535. The college is famous for its former students, Newton and Tennyson and it was considered the wealthiest college in Cambridge. And it was in the college's great court that Newton got inspired by a falling apple and dedicated his work to gravity study.
Besides the colleges of the Cambridge University, there are also other attractions and sights that you can visit while visiting the city.
It was founded in 1816 and it is divided into five sections, representing art and antiquities from Ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt and many other cultures. Admission in the museum is free and it is open from Tuesday to Saturday between 10.00 - 17.00, and on Sunday between 12.00 - 17.00.
The museum was built in 1884 and it is known as having the greatest collections of its kind in the whole world. Here you can find archaeological and anthropological exhibitions of world pre-history and also special collections of anthropology.
It is one of the greatest examples of Gothic architecture in England. The church was built in 1871 and unfortunately now the access is limited because of its redundancy.
The bridge is one of the most famous and popular sights in the city and it is named after the Bridge of Sighs from Venice, though they don't have much in common, except for the fact that they are both covered. In the past, Queen Victoria used to stay on the bridge and watch the boats on the river beneath.
Shopping in Cambridge is about boutiques, independent stores and large, modern shopping centres. From department stores, to markets and convenience stores, Cambridge can offer you the finest shopping experiences.
There are five large shopping centres in Cambridge which you can find listed below.
Located Off Coldhams Lane
A modern site with a large range of famous brands, located in Christs Lane
Located in Grafton Centre
One of the newest shopping malls located in St Andrews Street, gathering famous brands, restaurants, cafes and pubs
Located in the city centre on St Andrews Street/Petty Cury, it was a wide range of retail outlets, but also the main City Library
Markets have been popular in Cambridge since Saxon times and they became famous for their variety of products that are sold during the week and on weekends.
Is located on Trinity Street and it is open all year round every Saturday, from 10.00 - 17.00, and in December from Wednesday to Saturday