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University of Cambridge, Cambridge

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Admire architecture, landscaping, and education at its finest at University of Cambridge, the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world. The institution's 31 colleges and six schools sit fairly close to one another, but you'll often see students going to and from by bicycle. Of particular note is the Great Court of King's College, which features a sprawling green lawn and 16th-century perpendicular Gothic English architecture, as exemplified by the King's College chapel. The oldest colleges were founded in the 13th century, with the very oldest being Peterhouse, dating from 1284. The Cam River runs through the campus and is traversed by multiple bridges; cross over the Bridge of Sighs at St. John's College and the Mathematical Bridge at Queen's College, and keep your eye out for the resident swans. You are free to wander the grounds, but be aware that some colleges charge an entrance fee and access may be limited during the school term. Add University of Cambridge and other attractions to your Cambridge trip itinerary using our Cambridge itinerary builder.
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  • This world renowned university consists of 31 independent colleges with > 100 academic departments that was founded in 1209 and is located in the center of Cambridge, 55 miles north of London. It's th...  more »
  • Never occurred to me when arranging the holiday that the delicate students of Cambridge are unable to take exams with common members of the public within 100m of their exam halls. (How do other univer...  more »
  • Cambridge and Oxford are similar in that they are among the most ancient institutions of higher learning in today's world, but they are also very different. Both are eminently worth visiting and are e...  more »
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  • Seen only in Google, heard much of it, read about department of physics, Lord Rather Ford, Cavendish laboratory... seen it's noble alumni, dream to be there. My daughter Agnishikha is in school level (IX) now, but very much ambitious to be able to get chance to study at there. Regards.
  • One of the best university in the world with great tradition and heritage. Does the rumour about prince Charles is true? 😁
  • I wish one day I able describe the place with my own experience....
  • Went there for a visit as a tourist and I was stunned! Amazing town with so many old colleges looking spectactural. Beautiful parks with green grass and swons in the ponds. For me it was like being in a dream.
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Where to stay in Cambridge

With over 150 hotels, B&Bs, inns, and self-catering facilities, Cambridge offers a wealth of lodging options for every taste and budget. While visiting this heritage-rich city, you can even enjoy the university experience by staying in a college room. These centrally located B&B rooms offer an inexpensive and convenient alternative to staying in the city's hotels. You can retrace the footsteps of the university's famous graduates, grab a meal in the college hall, get lost in the campus and hidden courtyards, and end the day with a drink in the college bar.
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