Cambridge is a well-known city in the east of England, the administrative center of the county and one of the oldest university centers in Europe. Here is one of the best universities in the world, which has given the world about 100 Nobel laureates. Check andyeducation to learn more about United Kingdom.
Some buildings have an entrance fee. As a rule, during the exam period, from the end of May to the first week of June, all colleges are closed to tourists.
How to get to Cambridge
Cambridge is located 75 km north of London and 40 km from Stansted International Airport, from where trains and buses run regularly to the city. Trains leave every hour from platform number 2 to Birmingham, which makes a stop in Cambridge, the journey takes 35 minutes, the fare is 10 GBP. National Express buses run between the airport and the city even at night, the fare is 12-15 GBP, the journey takes 50 minutes. The prices on the page are for August 2021.
Heathrow Airport can be reached in 1.5-2 hours by your own car or National Express buses, fare 27-32 GBP. Gatwick is 3 hours away and the easiest way to get there is by train from King’s Cross station, fare 22 GBP.
Regular trains from London leave from King’s Cross and Liverpool Street stations. The fastest train is the Cambridge Cruiser, which departs from King’s Cross and runs non-stop to the city itself, the journey takes 50 minutes, departing every half an hour (usually at:15 and:45 minutes). Trains with stops will run on this route from 70 minutes to an hour and a half. Trains run from Liverpool Street Station in 75 minutes and are cheaper.
Cambridge railway station is 2 km from the city centre. There you can take a taxi or a bus, check the information at the tourist center, withdraw money from an ATM, sit in a cafe or shop in a supermarket. You can also rent a bicycle here.
In addition, there are National Express buses to London and other major cities in England, which depart from the Parkside bus station, next to Parker’s Piece.
Entertainment and attractions in Cambridge
Interesting layout and architectural ensembles of colleges, grouped around rectangular courtyards, which have been preserved since the Middle Ages:
- The most popular is King’s College and its beautiful gothic chapel. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9:30-15:30, Sat 9:30-15:15, Sun 13:15-14:15 and 17:00-17:30 (summer only).
- Queens College (Queen’s College), which is open from 10:00 to 16:30. It was founded by two queens – Margaret of Anjou and Elizabeth Woodville. The building of the building is located on both banks of the river and is connected by the famous “mathematical bridge”. Here is the medieval Old Hall.
- Trinity College (Trinity College)
- John’s College, which was a hospital until 1511
- Jesus College
- Pembroke College, one of the oldest buildings in Cambridge, was founded in 1347. Known for its beautiful gardens
- Clare College with an old bridge across the river
- Saint Catharine’s College, founded in 1473
- Corpus Christi College
Also worth seeing are the Romanesque round Church of the Holy Sepulcher (circa 1101-30), the late Gothic chapel of King’s College, the classicist library of Trinity College, and the university senate (1722-30).
The Fitzwilliam Museum houses interesting university archaeological and art collections. In addition, the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology and the Museum of Classical Archeology are worth visiting.
This ancient city is known today primarily for the Windsor Castle (Windsor Castle) – the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world (lives in it, of course, the royal family). Across the Thames is the twin city of Eton, the alma mater of the British establishment.
How to get there
You can come to Windsor by train or bus from London (about an hour on the way). Trains to Windsor (at least two per hour) depart from two London stations at once: Waterloo and Paddington. Greenline bus lines 700, 701 and 702 and First number 77 depart from Buckingham Palace Road and Heathrow Airport, respectively.
Attractions and attractions of Windsor
Windsor Castle, despite its status as a royal residence, is mostly open to the public. Its main highlights are the State Apartments with a rich collection of paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Gainsborough, as well as St. George’s Church. The city hall is famous for its columns, which do not support the portico at all, as it seems at first, but end at a considerable distance from the roof, clearly demonstrating the consequences of disagreements between the architect and the municipal authorities.
You can take a walk in nature in the nearby Great Park. It is worth visiting neighboring Eton, especially its college, where the offspring of high-born Britons absorb knowledge. Children will be interested in the Legoland amusement park.
2 things to do in Windsor
- Wander around the castle, suddenly happen to see Her Highness the Queen of Great Britain?
- Visit the Legoland amusement park, where you can scream and laugh, and generally behave like a small child.
To take in the sights of Windsor at once, you can join a sightseeing tour of the city on an open bus.
Fans of solemn spectacles should make their visit to Windsor Castle by 11:00, when the changing of the guard takes place there.