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Sitting on the River Cam in eastern England, Cambridge is renowned for the prestigious University of Cambridge, dating back to 1209.  University colleges in the city include King’s, famous for her towering Gothic chapel and choir, and also Trinity, established by Henry VIII, and St John’s, with its Great Gate built in 16th-century.  University museums have exhibitions on archaeology and anthropology, the history of science and zoology and polar exploration.  (photo credit: e X p o s e)

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 23, 2015: View of Cambridge University King’s College Chapel and the Old Schools from the top of University Church of St Mary the Great in Cambridge, England.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 24, 2015: View of Cambridge University Press Bookshop, Gonville College, and Caius College from the top of University Church of St Mary the Great in Cambridge, England.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 23, 2015: Gonville and Caius College in the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. It’s the fourth-oldest college at the University of Cambridge and one of the wealthiest.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 23, 2015: University Church of St Mary the Great. It is a Church of England parish at the north end of King’s Parade in central Cambridge, England.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 23, 2015: University Church of St Mary the Great. It is a Church of England parish at the north end of King’s Parade in central Cambridge, England.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 24, 2015: Interior of University Church of St Mary the Great. It is a Church of England parish at the north end of King’s Parade in central Cambridge, England.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 24, 2015: Interior of King’s college chapel in the University of Cambridge, England. It features the world’s largest fan vault, constructed by master mason John Wastell.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 23, 2015: Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. Anglia Ruskin University has its origins in the Cambridge School of Art, founded by William John Beamont in 1858.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 24, 2015: Downing Street of Cambridge, England. It runs between Pembroke Street & Tennis Court Road at the western end and a T-junction with St Andrew’s Street at the eastern end.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 24, 2015: Pembroke College in the University of Cambridge, England. It is the third-oldest college of the university and has over 700 students and fellows.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 24, 2015: Pembroke College in the University of Cambridge, England. It is the third-oldest college of the university and has over 700 students and fellows.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 24, 2015: The Pembroke College War Memorial in The University of Cambridge, England. It is built in honor of 308 Pembroke members who died during the war of 1914-1918.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 24, 2015: Bodley’s building of the King’s College of the University of Cambridge in England. Bodley’s building lies besides the River Cam and was completed in 1893.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 22, 2015: Emmanuel College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge. It was founded in 1584 by Sir Walter Mildmay, Chancellor of the Exchequer to Elizabeth I.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 22, 2015: Tourists enjoying the view of Cambridge cityscape from the top of University Church of St Mary the Great. It is a Church of England parish in Cambridge, England.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 24, 2015: Statue of Sir Dr. Jagadish Chandra Bose at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, England. He was a Bengali polymath, physicist, biologist, botanist, archaeologist.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 24, 2015: Statue of Charles Darwin at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, England. He was an English naturalist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 24, 2015: Gatehouse of the King’s College of the University of Cambridge in England. It lies besides the River Cam and faces out onto King’s Parade in the city centre.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 24, 2015: Punting in summer on the river Cam. There are several companies on the Cam operating tours and hiring punts to visitors.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 23, 2015: Punting in summer on the river Cam. There are several companies on the Cam operating tours and hiring punts to visitors.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 22, 2015: Punting in summer on the river Cam. There are several companies on the Cam operating tours and hiring punts to visitors.

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 24, 2015: Magdalene Street Bridge as seen from River Cam in Cambridge, England. It is built in 1823, just south of Magdalene College and just north of St John’s College.

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River Cam in Cambridge, England

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CAMBRIDGE, UK – JULY 23, 2015: View of Cambridge University King’s College Chapel and the Old Schools from the top of University Church of St Mary the Great in Cambridge, England.

Useful Reference

Cambridge Travel Guide for Backpackers
By Dan Steven

Whether you’re on a budget or not, if you are thinking of travelling through Cambridge, England anytime soon, you might want to read this Cambridge travel guide before you go.

I’m living in Cambridge, UK as I type this and I’ve been here for over a year now; I leave in one in half months for my first ever solo travel. This is why I thought I’d make this my first post.

What better place to start then the very beautiful city you currently live in?!

This guide is more intended for the backpacker than the holiday goer but Cambridge isn’t cheap, if you know where to look and go though, you can have a great time visiting the museums, botanical gardens, Universities and Colleges and much more!

How to get to Cambridge

Getting to Cambridge all depends on where you are coming from, and your budget.

Stansted Airport

If you are flying, Stansted Airport is the closest airport to Cambridge. There is a direct train which is very easy to find that departs for Cambridge regularly. Trains take between 30 – 40 minutes and the price ranges from �9.50 to �12.50 depending on the time of day you go. There is also a bus option which I will explain in the next section.

Bus and Coach

There are buses that run to Cambridge from Birmingham, London, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Stansted Airport. You need to decide what is the best form of transport for you, but using buses will be your cheapest option.

All of the buses arrive and depart at the coach stop on Drummer Street and Emmanuel Street which are right next to each other and are in the very centre of the city. To check all prices and times the best place to go is the National Express website, which you can find here.

Train

Cambridge has a very good train service and is easy to find. With a lot of connections to London, Stansted Airport and East Anglia, using trains is easily the quickest option if you are in a hurry There are three main Rail Lines;

Cross Country – This is a direct link between Stansted Airport and Birmingham, this is the quickest line for anyone travelling from Birmingham or Stansted or anywhere in between.

National Express East Anglia – This train runs to London Liverpool Street. They also have trains running in the Ely / Norwich direction.

First Capital Express – Trains to London Kings Cross (Can also be spelt London Kings X), also trains to Ely and Kings Lynn. To be honest, I’ve never paid much attention to the railway line I was using and I’ve used trains a lot in Cambridge! I tend to use the National Rail website to check live times and prices before I leave.

Local Transport

If you need to use a bus to get around Cambridge then Stage Coach is your best option. You can get a day pass for �3.30 which is valid all day and can be used as many times as you need on all Cambridge Stagecoach Buses. Buses run every 10 – 20 mins.

Accommodation

Staying in Cambridge can be expensive, the cheapest place I know about is the YHA, it’s a hostel and it has very good reviews. Prices are about �20 a night. If you want a hotel they can be at the very least �75 a night up to the �400 mark, yikes! This is why if you are a budget backpacker, staying at the YHA Cambridge Hostel is by far your best bet.It’s only a 5 minute walk from the train station and a 15 minute walk from the city centre.

Food and Drink

There are many places in Cambridge to get breakfast, lunch and dinner, with plenty of places to buy snacks, but it isn’t cheap, except to pay at least �5 for a good meal. Check out this website for a great guide on the cheapest places to eat in Cambridge, England.

Things To Do / See

This section could get pretty long as there are many things to do, from visiting museums, gallery’s, universities and colleges to partying in some of the clubs. I have to admit, the nightlife in Cambridge isn’t the best but most people visit Cambridge for the attractions rather than to party.

Museums

The Fitzwilliam Museum – Free

If art and antiquities is your thing then the Fitz Museum is for you.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences – Free

This is the Cambridge University museum of Geology.

University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology – Free

Self-Explanatory!

Whipple Museum – Free

The History of Science

County Folk Museum – Free

For the Folk lovers

Museum of Classical Archaeology – Free

Another Museum from the CU.

Scott Polar Museum – Free

History of the science in the Antarctic exploration

Museum of Zoology – Closed until 2016

Galleries

Kettles Yard – Free

One of the best art galleries in Cambridge

New Hall Art Collection – Free

Close to the Fitz Museum

Pubs and Clubs

There are many beautiful pubs and a few clubs in Cambridge if you fancy a bit of night life.

Fez Club

Probably the most popular club for students, normally �3 to �5 entry.

The Fountain

This is a day time pub and turns into a club at night, it’s one of the more popular places in Cambridge, and depending on what you like, this could be the best place for. I’d have to say it’s my favourite place to go when there is a decent night happening.

The King Street Run

My favourite pub, not for everyone, but has a great atmosphere!

The Regal This is the cheapest place in Cambridge to get a drink, always free entry and located on Regent street.

For more information on the best pubs and clubs in Cambridge have a look at the VisitCambridge website.

Punting

Most punting places charge from around �14.00 for adults and �7 for kids. Here are some of the most popular places to go punting in Cambridge.

The Cambridge Punting Company – guided punt tours along the backs of the historical Cambridge University. Cambridge Chauffeur Punts – See the famous bridges and colleges along the River Cam.

Let’s Go Punting – private and shared Chauffeured River Tours of Cambridge.

Scudamores Punting – College backs punting.

Botanic Gardens

The botanic gardens in Cambridge, opened in 1846 and hosts plants from all over the world inside 40-acres of gardens and glasshouses! It cost �4.50 for admission.

Historical walks

If you are interested in the history of Cambridge and its walks I would recommend this website, it has detailed maps and lots of information!

For more detailed information, please visit my website at [http://www.BackpackingDan.com] or follow me on Twitter @danbackpacking

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