What Cambridge lacks in size, it makes up for it in character. Its small city centre is compact, flat and beautiful so there’s no better way to discover this historic city than lacing up your shoes and exploring on foot.
The city is world-renowned for being an educational powerhouse and home to some of the planet’s greatest thinkers over the last 500 years. Great minds who have studied in the city include Charles Darwin who developed his theory of evolution, Newton who developed his theory of gravity as well as being the home and workplace of Stephen Hawking, the genius theoretical physicist.
When running Cambridge, it’s hard not to be inspired – from the old university campus to its narrow, medieval streets. Discover some of the city’s many highlights below…
It’s quite simple. If you visit Cambridge, you have to go punting. The still waters of the Cam run slow which makes the scenic trip along the river so relaxing and enjoyable.
There are a number of punting hire companies who offer private and groups tours. The tours are an amazing way to learn about the history of the city as knowledge guides uncover the stories behind sights such as King’s Chapel, Mathematical Bridge – the first bridge to be designed using mathematical principles – and the incredible, Venice-inspired Bridge of Sighs.
Heading back into the city centre, you’ve got to go via Portugal Place. It’s a quintessentially English paved street lined with houses that feature brightly coloured doors and hanging baskets.
It’d be rude not stop and take a picture.
A pretty, cobbled street, Green Street is one of the city’s main shopping streets that provides home to a number of independent and boutique shops and restaurants.
You have to swing by and window shop to see if anything catches your eye before heading on to St John’s College.
St John’s College
No visit to Cambridge is complete without wandering through the grounds of the University of Cambridge. St John’s is a great place to start. Entering the College through the imposing Great Gate, there are three architecturally wonderful courts to discover as well as the Old Library.
St John’s College was founded in 1511 by Lady Margaret Beaufort – the college’s alumni includes romantic poet, William Wordsworth and abolitionist, William Wilberforce.
The College is also home to one of the finest collegiate choirs in the world in which the choir has sung the daily services in the College Chapel since the 1670s.
It was in 1411 that the college was founded by King Henry VI and to this day, remains a powerhouse of education on a global level. One thing you cannot prepare yourself for is the awe-inspiring beauty of the college’s Chapel. It features 26 large stained-glass windows that you just have to see to believe its beauty. The Chapel is also one of the great examples of late Gothic English architecture.
King’s College alumni include the great computer scientist and mathematician, Alan Turing, known as the father of modern computing.
The college backs out onto the river to create a stunning place to run.