Wed. May 18th, 2022

Venture just under an hour outside of London and you will find yourself in a stunning city with a famous reputation.

The city of Cambridge is best known for being home to one of the best universities in the world, the University of Cambridge, but it now also has another recognition after being named one of the top ten small towns in the world.

Ranked seventh by Conde Nast Traveler, Cambridge won when it came to activities, restaurants and friendliness.

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The city has plenty of attractions to entertain visitors, starting with the 31 university dormitories that can be found hidden down the medieval cobbled streets scattered around the city.

Many of them go back hundreds of years and allow visitors to come in, wander around the old quads and attend evensongs in their chapels.

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An activity almost synonymous with Cambridge points to the river Cam, which can be best enjoyed in the warmer months of the year.

Points are shallow boats propelled by someone pushing a huge rod: Feel free to try yourself if you feel brave or pay a little extra to get a professional to do it for you.

The views along the river are stunning and take you right through the center of town, giving you stunning views of the town that you would not otherwise be able to see, including the ridge to Trinity and King’s College.

People enjoy a punt ride past King's College on River Cam in Cambridge
People enjoy a punt ride past King’s College on River Cam in Cambridge

If you are looking for more culture, you may be interested in visiting the Fitzwilliam Museum to see their collection of art and artifacts from around the world.

When all the activity and walking becomes too tiring, you may want to rest and refuel at one of Cambridge’s many lovely eateries.

For a smart meal, try the brasserie Parker’s Tavern, which serves delicious British classics reinterpreted with a twist.

If you want something a little more low-key, it’s worth checking out the Fitzbillies for one of their famous Chelsea buns, supposedly ‘the world’s stickiest’ and a cup of tea.

Alternatively, if you visit during the term and would like to absorb the busy atmosphere of the student population, you can drop by The Eagle for a pint or two.

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The Eagle is said to be one of the oldest pubs in Cambridge and dates from the 14th century and was the site where scientists Francis Crick and James Watson announced that they had ‘found the secret of life’ when they discovered DNA in 1953.

For other shops and cafes to visit, Mill Road is popular for its selection of independent cafes, restaurants and shops.

The city is filled with greenery, including the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, for a summer picnic or walk around.

Just outside the city center you can visit Grantchester, the setting for the ITV drama of the same name.

You can enjoy sitting down by the river or trying an afternoon tea at the nearby café.

The historic marketplace is one of the few in the country that is open seven days a week, where retailers sell fresh food, souvenirs, clothing and accessories and other items.

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