You could be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed by Cambridge. The grand and hauntingly beautiful Gothic architecture on most of its colleges and chapels, its vast open areas, fabulous shopping and cafés, its energetic arts scene and busy streets may leave you breathless. Yet Cambridge retains a feeling of peaceful friendliness. Take a stroll alongside the River Cam that snakes its way through the city – it’s a great experience, especially for a first-time visit.
Cambridge is a fusion of the traditional and the contemporary. It has played a major role in English history and world academia since before the Roman Empire, when a humble farmstead occupied the site of Fitzwilliam College.
A prosperous and influential market town occupying an elevated location – something of a curiosity in the famously flat fenlands of Cambridgeshire – the city was one of the first in England to be granted a town charter, while the University of Cambridge and its illustrious alumni have pioneered advances in the fields of medicine, astrology, architecture, the arts and sciences.