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Apple

Cambridge - worth a visit?

I am after a bit of advice! We are in the process of looking at places to visit during the summer, and my husband for some unknown reason mentioned Cambridge, now apart from the university I know nothing of the place and whether it would be worth a look.  I like picturesque towns which have untold photo opportunities - like old buildings open spaces etc, but on top of that there needs to be something which will entertain the kids - they like museums and stuff so thats not a problem if thats all thats avalable.

His reasoning behind his choice was he saw Cambridge on some programme on the TV and thought it looked a nice place.

Has anyone visited Cambridge/lived there and could offer some tips?
Chibiabos83

Well, I can tell you it's very cold at the moment, but by summertime the cold will probably have been replaced by rain Smile

Cambridge is a great place to visit for a day - mainly it's just a nice city to wander round, lots of old buildings as you say, and the market, which is great (and usually a reliable source of fairly cheap books). I'd recommend a City Sightseeing bus tour, which is very good and takes about an hour and a half. If the weather's nice, a walk along the Backs (the banks of the River Cam) is recommended. You should certainly look at some of the colleges - King's, of course, and Trinity and St John's are also worth a look. Some of them probably charge admission, but I'm not sure how much. If you go on a bus tour, be sure to stop off at the American Cemetery (http://www.madingleyamericancemetery.info/) - I'm sure it will appeal to your interest in WW2. As for galleries, there's Kettle's Yard, which usually has something interesting on (http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/) and the Fitzwilliam Museum (http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/) - but it has such a large collection that it's a good idea to look at what they've got beforehand so you can plan what you want to look at.

Just thoughts off the top of my head, but I'll add any further thoughts if they occur.
VillageDuckpond

Yes, definitely worth a visit in fact I was there for the day today doing some retail shopping!

For adults there are all sorts on interesting things to do (some already mentioned) but you don't give the children's ages so it is difficult to advise.

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Apple

Village Duckpond - I am in the UK, The Midlands, we tend to do this now in the summer now the kids are older (13 & 11) we travel round and stay at travel inns and explore different cities etc, rather than the traditional type of holiday.

They like museums and stuff and we always seems to do the bus tours if the places we visit do them.

Chibiabos - your weather prospects are very gloomy you never know we might get a summer this year (by summer I mean of course a nice few days - week at the most!!  Smile )  I do like mooching round second hand bookshops so I'll make a note of the market - what day is it on?
Chibiabos83

It was an OK summer in Cambridge last summer, but a couple of years ago it rained every day. Where I work there is a summer school each year consisting of about 200 American students, mostly from California, and I felt so sorry for them that they came over and got constantly drenched, and also sorry that our weather lived up to the reputation it presumably has in America, as everywhere else.

I forgot to mention second-hand bookshops, but the ones to look out for include the Haunted Bookshop and Galloway and Porter, as well as the usual charity shops. The market's on every day including weekends, but Sunday's usually a bit special - more interesting stalls etc. Not necessarily the best day for books, though - I can't remember...
MikeAlx

Chibiabos83 wrote:
...the Haunted Bookshop...

... where everything's ghost-written?

OK, I'll get my coat.
Apple

Chibiabos Wrote :
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It was an OK summer in Cambridge last summer, but a couple of years ago it rained every day.


THAT summer a couple of years ago it rained every day everywhere in the country!! that was the year of the HUGE floods in parts of the country, yes I remember that "summer" (in the loosest sense of the word!!) well!

and Chibiabos also wrote:
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The market's on every day including weekends, but Sunday's usually a bit special - more interesting stalls etc. Not necessarily the best day for books, though - I can't remember...


I'm impressed a market every day!!
Apple

Thanks for the tips Chibiabos we are looking at a few places to visit, but that war cemetry has really aroused my interest!  Also there is an Imperial War Museum in Cambridgeshire at Duxford. (I think its in Cambridgeshire anyway!!)
Chibiabos83

Sure you'll have seen this site already, but it's useful as a reference guide: http://www.visitcambridge.org/VisitCambridge/Home.aspx. Let me know if you need any more advice - sure you'll all have a great time!
Chibiabos83

Oh, and yes - Duxford's very near (about 10 miles from the centre of Cambridge), so it's a good idea to visit the Imperial War Museum there at the same time.
Apple

Thank you!
Jen M

Apple wrote:
Thanks for the tips Chibiabos we are looking at a few places to visit, but that war cemetry has really aroused my interest!  Also there is an Imperial War Museum in Cambridgeshire at Duxford. (I think its in Cambridgeshire anyway!!)


My son used to refer to the IWM at Duxford as "the aeroplane museum" - it is a branch of the IWM but the exhibits are mostly to do with flight.  I think it's a great place to visit - we've been twice and on both occasions took the opportunity to take a flight in a small plane.  At that time, my son had never flown before and it was quite an experience!  I highly recommend it, Apple, but do look at their website to find out what is there and check that it will be of interest to you and your family.
iwishiwas

I agree Duxford is well worth a visit. My two girls don't have much interest in aviation but had a great day out when we visited a few years ago.
alantomes

Might I suggest the Botanical Gardens, little known but worth the time.
Kings was mentioned, and the Kings College Chapel is almost worthy of being the 8th wonder of the world.

If possible the best way to see and stay in Cambridge, is to hire a barge or similar for a few days. There is a firm at Ely that lets boats out for 2/3 days.

Also whilst you are in the Cambridge area do not miss Ely Cathedral.

Regards...........Alan
spidernick

Actually, I much prefer Oxford! <ducks>
Chibiabos83

Ahem, I think you'll find Cambridge has more ducks Wink
spidernick

That's no way to talk about Stephen Fry!
Apple

Well after all that he (my husband) decided against Cambridge considering that there wasn't enough for the kids to do, to keep them entertained.  So we are doing a tour around the UK in 7 days!! (not all of it obviously) planned locations Newcastle, then across to the lake district, down to Liverpool, Shropshire - in particular Ironbridge Gorge area, and then down through Hereford and Worcestershire to Bristol before returning home via the Cotswolds and after that lot we will probably need another holiday to get over it!!
Ann

I'll wave as you fly past, Apple  Very Happy
Apple

Very Happy I must admit I am particularly looking forward to Newcastle and Liverpool I like cities, there is so much and if you just stop and look you see things which probably a lot of people walk past every day and don't even see, I like different buildings and architecture and I will of course mention any good bookshops I find on my travels!!
Apple

Well I'm back and we had a marvellous time some of the senery was quite breathtaking, especially the North Derbyshire and Shropshire areas, we didn't get to Liverpool which was a disapointment,  Crying or Very sad but did everywhere else - I need another holiday now to get over it!  Wink
Sandraseahorse

Welcome back, Apple.  Did you manage to visit Newcastle?  People in the south tend to think I'm mad when I talk about the great architecture in Newcastle but it's got some wonderful buildings.
Apple

Sandra Seahorse Wrote:
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Welcome back, Apple.  Did you manage to visit Newcastle?  People in the south tend to think I'm mad when I talk about the great architecture in Newcastle but it's got some wonderful buildings.

Thank you and yes I did - a very brief passing through type visit unfortunately but we are planning to go back for a proper look around and stay a bit longer.

As for the architecture of the city - Damn right! I was quite pleasantly surprised to be honest,  its so diverse as well the medieval with the modern and the stuff in between there was the castle I am always a sucker for a castle, and the history of it all, then there was this road we walked along, I think it was called Grey St (?) - with a column monument thing like Nelsons column on it then bang up to date there was that bridge thing like an arch and that building The Sage that was the other side the river.

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