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Cambridge can be described as a series of one-of-a-kind pictures; the fabulous view of the Church of King’s College from River Cam, magnificent Gothic buildings, students riding bikes, running to catch their classes and, of course, punting, paddling on a flat boat across the river. If you’re searching for cheap air tickets to Cambridge, then you already know that not only this is one of the oldest student cities in Britain, but it’s also a top European travel destination. Steeped in history that can be seen on its monumental architecture, Cambridge has a very special tradition and cultural heritage. Take a few steps behind the historic universities and a magical world of endless gardens – the “Backs” – awaits you, along with riverside parks that bustle with sun-bathing students. Book your cheap accommodation in Cambridge and let the relaxed charm of the city take over you!
Cambridge is one of England’s oldest university cities, together with Oxford. The University of Cambridge consists of 31 colleges and is the city’s main landmark and attraction, never failing to impress with its magnificent architecture that has remained untouched by time.
Cambridge was named after River Cam, around which Carmelite, Franciscan and Dominican monks settled, somewhere in the 12th century. It was in 1209, when a scholar community decided to leave Oxford and establish their base in Cambridge. In 1284 the first college was founded and.. the rest is history!
The list of famous alumni of the University of Cambridge is endless; Isaac Newton, philosophers like Bertrand Russell and writers like Virginia Woolf, John Milton and Lord Byron, to name a few, along with Stephen Hawking from the more recent history. Moreover, Watson and Crick first developed their revolutionary theory of the DNA existence in this very location!
Surrounded by beautiful green parks and flowered gardens, Cambridge will offer you the peacefulness you were looking for, while a wide range of museums and galleries will give you the opportunity to enjoy precious collections of masterpieces.
Book your trip to Cambridge and prepare for a holiday of relaxation and top quality!
The nearest airports to Cambridge are the Cambridge Airport (5 kilometres), London Stansted Airport (45 kilometres), London Luton Airport (63 kilometres) and London City Airport.
Access is easy, through bus and rail services and connections
Getting around Cambridge
You can get around Cambridge using the city’s bus network. Fares start from 3.00£ and minimum taxi fare costs 2.80£.
- King’s College was founded by, then teen, King Henry VI in 441, on the historic King’s Parade street. Most of its premises date back to the 19th century. The most popular site of the College’s quarter is the Church of King’s College. One of the most beautiful buildings in the entire country, the church features iconic domes made of stone and splendidly decorated windows, designed by Flemish artists from 1517 to 1531.
- Your next stop is the Trinity College, the largest of the university’s colleges. The impressive Gothic entrance reflects the standard characteristics of Tudor architecture. Right beside the entrance, you can see the statue of Henry VIII, founder of the college, holding a golden globe on one hand and a table leg on the other – the result of a student farce that was never fixed!
Nearby, there is the apple tree that is said to be the offspring of Isaac Newton’s legendary apple tree!
Head behind the colleges, at the gardens that are commonly referred to as the “Backs”. A series of gardens, parks and alleys begins at the university grounds and extends towards the river, meeting the idyllic bridges that link its two banks. The most famous of the bridges are the Bridge of Sighs, built in 1831 and the Mathematical Bridge, built in 1749.
The Botanical Gardens of the University of Cambridge were founded in 1846 by Charles Darwin’s mentor, Professor John Henslow. Today, they house over 8,000 plant species in greenhouses and open-air fields, offering a marvellous flowery view of exotic beauty.
Complete your day in Cambridge visiting the Fitzwilliam Museum, housed in a colossal neoclassical building. This was one of Britain’s first public museums and its main purpose of construction at first was to hold the treasures of Count Fitzwilliam. In the lower wings, you can find a large collection of treasures from all over the ancient world, while the upper wings are dedicated to art, featuring masterpieces by Da Vinci, Rubens, Gainsborough, Rembrandt and Picasso.
Cambridge’s official language is English.