Cambridge Visitor information
An Introduction to Cambridge
Cambridge, home to one of the UK's most historic universities founded in 1209, is a quaint city filled with various historic universities colleges and full of museums. The historic city is also home to beautiful views from the Back's, areas of river banks owned by the colleges which provide a beautiful view that can also be seen from the many bridges that are used to access these areas.
Things to do in Cambridge
Cambridge University library is home to 6 month exhibitions and over 7000 books. The university is also home to historic buildings with varying architecture from the many eras in which they were built. The Botanic garden, opened in 1846 to the public, is home to over 8,000 varieties of plants. The city also plays host to many museums, such as the museum of technology, the Fitzwilliam museum (opened in 1842), the Scott polar research institute which tells tales of explorations and research into both the Arctic and Antarctic. The museum of zoology holds many of Charles Darwin's specimens. The Bucks, owned by the colleges, offers views of the river as well as access to the many bridges and kettles yard is a unique gallery home to a variety of contemporary art.
Getting to Cambridge
By Coach and Bus
National Express operates coach services to Cambridge from major towns & cities throughout the U.K. There are frequent coach services from both Central London, and London Stansted Airport through to the city. The main bus operator is Stagecoach.
There is a fast and frequent rail service from London King’s Cross & London Liverpool Street through to Cambridge. There are also connections from Scotland & the North via Peterborough, and regional services from Birmingham & the Midlands, East Anglia & the Northwest.
From the South & from London, Cambridge is a short trip up the M11 motorway. From the north, the A1 and M1 link to the A14 dual carriageway straight to the city, and from the east and west, the A14 again takes you to Cambridge.
Cambridge is within easy reach of London Heathrow, London Gatwick & Birmingham International Airport. London Stansted is the nearest international airport to Cambridge, located just 30 miles to the South of the city, with easy access by train, coach, or car via the M11.