Cambridge England has to be one of the most charming cities I’ve ever visited, and in the Autumn its even more striking. If you go, I couldn’t recommend Autumn or Spring time as the best time to see it. It’s abounding with architecture and tradition, every cobbled street road you walk is like something out of Charles Dickens. It escaped destruction in WWII, unlike many other towns in England, so it has old buildings with narrow, medieval streets.
I didn’t know much about Cambridge when I first moved over and thought “Cambridge” as one big University. Actually it’s made up of several colleges, not just one; Kings, Queens, Trinity, Christ … just to name a few.
It is the town where: the atom was first split, where the structure of DNA was discovered, where Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution, where Newton developed his theory of gravity, where the order of human DNA was first discovered… I have to say it’s even more charming than Oxford, which funnily enough was founded by academics from Oxford who didn’t like Oxford. (Hence the huge rivalry of Oxford vs. Cambridge.)
It’s a small town and best explored by foot. (However there is plenty of tours you can hop on, including my favorite red bus.)
As many times as I’ve walked by this Church, this trip it stopped me in my tracks. It so happens it is the oldest building in Cambridgeshire… St Bene’t’s church. It was built around AD1000- AD1050. That is mind boggling! I’ll spare you the history lesson but I couldn’t help but exploring the grounds, including the cemetary in the back. Something about English churches that I just adore. And boy does Cambridge have a few!
Next on my list was food! Out of all the fantastic pubs to choose from, which I call England’s “coffee houses”, I was feeling in the tourist mood and have always heard The Eagle was where I needed to visit at least once. I’ll save you the history lesson, but it’s certainly one place you must see. As I was in there, I saw at least 3 tour groups come in and take photos. It’s on many walking tour stops. And for good reason!
On 28th February 1953, Crick and Watson walked into the Eagle and announced “we have discovered the secret of life”
The food here is good pub food, you can’t go wrong with fish and chips, but the atmosphere is something special.
With many old buildings in Cambridge, this one being no different, is haunted and on the Cambridge Ghost tour. If that’s your thing, check it out!
Lastly, if you fancy it, the punting on the river is another can’t miss. Go punting on the river at Cambridge – it will be the most enjoyable part of your visit and the best way to see inside the colleges. A walk along The Backs and alongside the river is something you will never forget. It is best to do this late afternoon or early evening when the sun is shining with that wonderful golden glow that lights the college building so beautifully. This Is the area of green between some of the major colleges and the river but it gives unprecedented and beautiful views of the “back” of these colleges. Doesn’t really matter if you walk along the river or take a punt, whichever you prefer. Just don’t miss the views.
Hope you enjoyed some of the photos and thank you for stopping by!