Are you craving an adventure? Then it’s time to set forth on an excursion through Cambridge, the quintessential location for exploring English academia and culture. The city is home to renowned institutions such as Jesus College and Downing Street – both of which are located within walking distance from bustling shopping districts like King’s Parade or Cherry Hinton.
Unearth the city’s hidden gems! From ghostly alcoves to folklore-tinged tales, here are some of our most essential recommendations for exploring Cambridge:
It can be a challenge to squeeze in a visit to every facet of Cambridge. However, whether you’re seeking out gastronomic delights; engaging experiences with artworks and artifacts; or simply relaxing amid soothing surroundings – there are numerous options available. Furthermore, if you find yourself wishing to explore further off the beaten path during your excursion into this oftentimes bustling metropolis – why not take advantage of its proximity to such delightful spots as Ely and St Neots?
1. Visit the Fitzwilliam Museum
Cambridge is renowned as an academic hub, but it boasts a rich artistic heritage as well. One of the foremost attractions in this regard is the Fitzwilliam Museum, located just off Trumpington Street and dedicated to preserving and showcasing some of the finest artworks ever created.
The museum occupies a palatial 19th-century manor house and its collection is composed of over 3,500 pieces of artwork amassed over five centuries; it includes masterpieces from masters such as Rembrandt and Dürer alongside more recent acquisitions such as Van Gogh’s ‘Card Players’ and Rothko’s ‘Blue’.
Gaze upon masterpieces from around the world such as two stunning galleries of Italian Renaissance paintings which include works by Botticelli, Caravaggio and Leonardo da Vinci; a cabinet of early British art provides an insightful look into English culture through centuries past; and there will be no shortage of captivating artifacts from across ancient civilizations dotted throughout – from carvings from Mesopotamia to statues from Ancient Greece!
Discover more about the history of Cambridge with a visit to Cavendish Art Gallery, housed within one of the city’s most iconic buildings.
2. Climb the Great St Mary’s Church Tower
Allow yourself the opportunity to scale Britain’s highest church tower with the assistance of a docent guide. You can either ascend using an elevator or take the stairs; be sure to dress appropriately!
In order to reach the summit, you must climb several hundred steps before reaching a cross atop a large crucifix. At this point, you may have access to panoramic views over Cambridge’s cityscape – no less than one of its most magnificent!
Upon arriving at the topmost level, visitors may trek along a spiral spire for an unadulterated aerial experience.
3. Visit the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
If you’re an avid traveler, chances are you’ve heard of the ‘Big Bang Theory’. Well, even if you haven’t yet you can experience the phenomenon at Cambridge’s Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences!
Here is where you’ll find a comprehensive collection of striking specimens from our planet’s past: dinosaur bones, fossils and minerals from across time. Don’t miss out on visiting their unique exhibition dedicated to one of the most profound scientific discoveries in history: The Big Bang itself!
This museum is ideal for visitors aged 10 years old or older; however children must be accompanied by an adult.
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