Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Visiting Cambridge, England

With a 2001 population of 109,000, Cambridge lies in the East of England region about 50 miles north of London. cambridge bag Dating back to the ninth century, William the Conqueror built a castle here in 1068, and the famous Cambridge University was formed in the 13th century.

Although the city is now very much on the cutting edge of technology, it is still characterized best by its medieval buildings, with the colleges King's College Chapel and the Cambridge University Library dominating the skyline. The Famous 1874 Cavendish Laboratory is also a magnificent university building. This historic university quarter is best appreciated from a section of the River Cam known as The Backs, where you can take a river tour or go punting (a punt is a flat-bottomed boat propelled with a pole) for the day.

The University has many excellent museums associated with it, most notably the Neoclassical Fitzwilliam, which is often referred to as "the finest small museum in Europe". The university also has a wonderful botanical garden which has been open to the public since 1846.

The University atmosphere and products has resulted in the city becoming a technological leader, earning it the nickname of Silicon Fen. One fifth of Cambridge's population are students, so if you want to move about the city a bit more easily, visit in July and August. There will be many tourists, but all in all it will be easier to get around. One place you may want to visit is Grantchester, which is a charming riverside village. Also, Cambridge is home to many wonderful bridges, and a walk along the river will reveal the unusual Queens' Mathematical Bridge, as well as its oldest bridge, the 1630 Clare College as well as its most famous St. Johns Bridge.

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