Cambridge is a famous University town and a major UK tourist destination in its own right. Cambridge is located about 60 miles (95km) north of central London in the county of Cambridgeshire.
The University of Cambridge has a friendly rivalry with Oxford University and every year the two battle it out in the infamous Oxford Cambridge Boat Race, a rowing race along the river Thames in central London. One of Cambridge's most popular tourist attractions is St John College which is a spectacular college built in 1516. Since its foundation it has seen alumni that include nine Nobel Prize winners, six Prime Ministers, three archbishops, a prince and one Saint! If you need a hotel in Cambridge click the link for offers and deals.
Cambridge has excellent bus and train links with the capital and its bus and train stations are conveniently located in the centre of the city. If arriving by car, Cambridge has a park and ride system where you park on the outskirts of the city in a large car park and take a bus to the city centre. The council encourages use of this as there is not a great deal of parking in the city centre.
During the summer months one of the most popular activities for tourists in the city is punting. A punt is a flat-bottomed boat which is designed for use in small rivers and shallow water and it is propelled by a wooden pole from the back or front of the boat depending on whether you are in Oxford or Cambridge.
If you are visiting Cambridge for the first time this is one of the attractions you should not miss, if you are not a sporty type you can hire a punter to leisurely guide you round the quiet back waters of Cambridge.
Cambridge city centre is small and most visitors choose to explore the attraction by walking. To help orientate yourself the Cambridge skyline is dominated by King's College Chapel and the Cambridge University Library, to the south, the chimneys of Addenbrooke's Hospital are a major landmark.
Over the year there are a number of festival and fairs in Cambridge. The most famous is the Cambridge Midsummer Fair, which is reportedly one of the oldest fairs in the UK. In May the annual Cambridge Beer Festival takes place on Jesus Green. First held in 1974 it is now Britain's second largest beer festival outside London. On the first Saturday in June Midsummer Common is the site for the Strawberry Fair a free music and children's fair.
Cambridge Folk Festival, one of the largest festivals of folk music in the UK, is held annually in the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall on the outskirts of the city. Cambridge Shakespeare Festival is an eight-week season of open-air performances of the works of William Shakespeare, held in the gardens of the Colleges of The University of Cambridge. The Cambridge Film Festival also takes place in the city during September.