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Cambridge City Guide
Cambridge is frequently described as one of the loveliest cities in Britain. Visitors will remember with great affection its magnificent courtyards graceful bridges and the beautiful views along the 'Backs' by the River Cam. The evolution of the colleges, starting from Peterhouse founded in 1284 to Robinson College the most recent in 1974, provides seven hundred years of fascinating history and some truly glorious architecture.
The oldest colleges and university buildings, which are situated in the central area of the city, are all within walking distance of each other and are only a short walk across Jesus Green from the Hotel. Visitors can enter the college courtyards, chapels and certain gardens at most times, (except during examinations) King's College which is perhaps the most well known of the Cambridge colleges and its famous Chapel, are best viewed from the river or the 'Backs' - the landscaped area through which the river meanders to the west of the college buildings. A punt on the river provides a traditional way of enjoying the many splendours of the Colleges. 'Poling' a punt is easily mastered and provides fun for the inexperienced and exhilaration for the skilled. Chauffeured punts are available for those who prefer to sit in comfort and enjoy the beautiful sights.
The old Market Square is the focal point of the City's ancient streets with fine old buildings and attractive small shops and stores. The Lion Yard modern shopping complex and the Grafton Shopping Centre nearby, blend well with the historic surroundings and contain a far greater variety of large and small shops, including far more of the major chain stores than is normally expected in a provincial City. A good selection of restaurants, coffee houses, pubs and wine bars scattered around the city centre provide places to enjoy a break from shopping and sightseeing.
Cambridge is not just a museum of ancient buildings, as it is now recognised as one of the main centres of advanced technology based on the research carried out at the University. The city is ringed by science and technology parks, many with modern buildings which are themselves worth seeing for the contrast with the elegance of the older college buildings.
Our Reception will be happy to give advise on sightseeing and can provide maps, guides and leaflets on most of the local places of interest.