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Cambridge

Cambridge is one of those English cities of bewitching charm. If your sport is retail therapy, you’ll score big time here.  It’s got some sharp designer-type places and a good range of shops and stores selling pretty much everything from high fashion to high camp. Cafés, bars and restaurants are everywhere, so you’re never more than a sniff away from a cappuccino - from your usual high street regulars to stylish locally-owned places with real character. The market square is a good place to bargain hunt and find some quite esoteric stalls that you wouldn’t find anyway but in Cambridge.

There’s always so much going in Cambridge. Just wander around and soak up the atmosphere. Try the open-top bus tour to see all the sights.  You can hop on and off as you like, and you get £1 off when you show your coach ticket. Climb the tower of Great St Mary’s church and be rewarded with a heady view all over the city.

If it’s architecture that sets your heart racing, admire the late English gothic of King’s College chapel, where walls of glass and slender pillasters soar heavenwards to a riot of fan vaulting that will take your breath away with its sheer audacity. Rubens’ 1634 masterpiece, the Adoration of the Magi, is over the alter.   And if you like art, the Fitzwilliam Museum has a fabulous collection of antiquities, ceramics, textiles and  paintings.  

Go to The Backs, the broad college lawns that slope gently down to the River Cam, and watch punts lazily drifting by, or try one yourself! Queens’ Mathematical Bridge over the river was built in wood on mathematical principles in 1749 and held together without any nails.  In Pepys Library in Magdalene College there are 3000 books, including his diaries between 1660 and 1669. 

The Tourist Information Centre in Market Street can help you with everything there is to see and do.