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Visiting Cambridge – what to see and do

Travel / No Comment / June 20, 2012

The colleges, with their history and classical architecture, are the obvious attraction in Cambridge. It being term-time, access to many of them was restricted, but we were able to admire the quad in Trinity College and look around its chapel, free of charge. Although it is a ten minute walk from the city centre, one of the most iconic views of Cambridge – that of King’s College Chapel from across the Cam – is always free and worth savouring.

One treasure that is perhaps less well-known – but ideal for visits on rainy days – is the Fitzwilliam Museum. A miniature version of the National Gallery in London with similarly monumental architecture, it contains a range of art spanning several genres, countries and epochs. Multiple visits are needed to do it justice – unfortunately, ours was all too fleeting – but if you live locally our are staying longer in the area, the good news is that entry is free. It also boasts a very nice café.

Parking charges in Cambridge are deliberately prohibitive – £1.80 an hour – and so park & ride is the most cost-effective way to get close to the city by car. We found the Madingley car park, a few minute’s drive along the A428 dual carriageway, very convenient for us. Parking there is free and the return bus fare is £2.50 per person.

See also: Visiting Cambridge – where to stay.

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