Cambridge welcomes vacationers, visiting professors, and the moms and dads of college students with open arms. The range of places to stay includes en suite rooms and shared dorms in college halls of residence, riverside hotels, serviced apartments, and B&Bs and guesthouses in the city centre and suburbs. You'll also find boutique hotels and the usual chains. Out of town, there are traditional British inns in picturesque villages and market towns.
Cambridge's bustling, mostly pedestrianized city centre is a shopper's paradise. You'll find British and international brands in the city's big shopping malls. Local artists show off their work in independent studios and galleries, and at the open-air stalls in Market Square and All Saints Garden Art & Craft Market opposite Trinity College. Dealers in fine art, antiques, and first-edition books also have stores tucked down cobbled lanes.
Despite its small size, it's easy to spend hours wandering around the centre of Cambridge. It's a labyrinth of pleasant streets, green spaces, and courtyards. There are triumphs of church and college architecture at every turn. You'll find many of Cambridge's key sights along Trumpington Street, King's Parade, and St. John's Street, which meet end-to-end. This main drag joins Bridge Street, which leads you across the River Cam over Magdalene Bridge.
Cambridge is a treasury of Tudor and Jacobean architecture, with centuries-old college buildings endowed by monarchs and aristocrats. You'll also find unique shops and markets, surprising museums and galleries, and more theatres and nightlife than you'd expect in such a small city. For fresh air, you can stroll or cycle alongside the River Cam, or take to its calm waters in a flat-bottomed boat, known as a punt.
Cambridge's student-driven nightlife scene is youthful, vibrant - and often loud. Young hipsters head for the clubs around Market Square. Music bars cluster around Market Hill and Trinity Street, right in the centre, and on Downing Street and Regent Street. For those who prefer fewer decibels with their drinks, there are several bars and pubs featuring live or background jazz and acoustic folk music.
Heritage and history are Cambridge's biggest draws, but there are lots of exciting activities and attractions for families, including kayaking and cycling. A spine-chilling ghost tour will give kids something to tell their buddies back home. Not far from Cambridge city centre, you'll find attractions such as wildlife, vintage aircraft, and a miniature railway. For rainy days, cinemas and theatres present films and shows for young audiences.
Thanks in part to its large student population, Cambridge has a vibrant, year-round cultural scene that embraces dance, drama, classical and popular music, and the visual arts. Several theatres in the centre of Cambridge attract well-known performers, while museums and galleries display avant-garde and classical paintings, sculpture, and works of art from every continent. Numerous annual festivals celebrate music, film, and literature.
Cambridge's colleges attract students, academics, and vacationers from all over the world. As a result, the city's eating and drinking scene has an international flavor. Alongside traditional pubs serving hearty plates of fish and chips and shepherd's pie, you'll find Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai, and Turkish eateries all over the city centre and beyond. There are plenty of riverside eating places along the Cam, too.
Cambridge is a tourist-friendly, compact city, easy to explore on foot or by bike. Themed, guided, and self-guided walking tours will introduce you to the city's rich heritage. Park and Ride and city bus services are efficient, and staff in hotels and restaurants are accustomed to helping visitors from all over the world. Getting here and away - by road, air, and train - is also easy.
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