Cambridge is a university city in the East of England, located 50 miles (80km) and less than an hour’s train ride from London.
It is famous as the home of the prestigious and world-renowned University of Cambridge, which was founded in 1209 and consistently ranks as one of the top five universities in the world. The University boasts a truly impressive list of notable alumni including Sir Isaac Newton, Alan Turing and Stephen Hawking.
Today, Cambridge is a hub for cutting-edge research in the fields of science and technology, attracting both innovative start-ups and multinational corporations. The city is home to the Biomedical Campus, one of the largest biomedical research clusters in the world, and Cambridge University Hospitals, one of the richest pools of clinical and scientific knowledge and expertise.
Due to its long history and university heritage, Cambridge is a beautiful city replete with traditional British architechture, from the stunning King’s College Chapel to the neo-gothic Bridge of Sighs. The best way to see many of the sights is from the River Cam on a traditional punt (a flat-bottomed boat propelled with a long pole). Alternatively, a bicyle is the preferred mode of transport for many – Cambridge has the highest level of cycling in the country, with one in four residents cycling to work.
There is something for everyone to enjoy in this wonderful city. Art lovers can visit the Fitzwilliam Museum and Kettle’s Yard, shopaholics are spoilt for choice in the Grand Arcade and the quaint city streets, while foodies will love the range of cafés and restaurants. In the summer months, you can take a stroll through the Botanical Gardens or go to see an open-air Shakespeare play, and during the winter, why not enjoy a traditional lunch by the fire in one of the city’s cosy pubs.