Four of the Best Attractions in Cambridge

 

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Best known for being home to one of the world’s top ranking universities, Cambridge is a city in the East Anglia region of England, around 50 miles from London. Cambridge is rich in history and steeped in tradition, with a charming atmosphere that makes it a great choice for a romantic holiday or city break with friends. In this blog, we suggest four of the best things to see and do during a stay in Cambridge.

 

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Punting on the River Cam

A trip to Cambridge would not be complete without a punting adventure on the scenic River Cam. Punting has been an important part of Cambridge’s history since the early 1900′s, and a ride on one of the small flat-bottomed boat is an unusual and fun way to see the city. There are a number of punt hire companies operating with a typical guided tour lasting around 45 minutes and offering great views of the famous “College Backs” and bridges. For those who are feeling energetic, go for the self-guided hourly hire option and set out on your own!

 

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Cambridge Sculpture Trails

Cambridge Sculpture Trails is the name for three specially designed walking routes which introduce visitors to a diverse collection of modern art. There are over 60 sculptures scattered through the historic and modern districts of the city with pieces from internationally acclaimed artists and those who are less well known. Trail One is approximately two hours long and explores the south of Cambridge, Trail Two runs through the city centre and can be broken down into shorter segments if preferred, while Trail Three is set in west Cambridge and passes through beautifully maintained college gardens. Maps for the trails can be found online or picked up from the Tourist Information Centre.

 

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Cambridge University Botanic Gardens

The heritage-listed Cambridge University Botanic Gardens first opened in 1846 and features over 40 acres of trees, flowers and herbs from around the world. This amazing collection of plants includes a British wild flower garden, a Fen display, glasshouses with tropical and desert species, as well as themed walking trails. The gardens are open daily from 10am, and it is worth allowing at least 3 hours to look around at all the features.

 

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Denny Abbey Farmland Museum

Located by the village of Waterbeach, a short drive or bus ride from Cambridge, Denny Abbey Farmland Museum offers a fascinating look at the rural history of the region. The grounds of Denny Abbey provide an apt setting for the theme, having been farmed for over 2,000 years, and the ancient abbey itself is beautiful. Highlights of the museums exhibits include a 1940′s style farm-worker’s cottage, recreations of craftsmen’s workshops and displays of farming equipment that was once used by local people. Facilities on-site include picnic areas, a cafeteria and gift-shop.

 

 

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