Cambridge Punts at Trinity, Cambridge by Danny.

This article was written by Global Graduates, published on 12th May 2010 and has been read 5640 times.

The Oldy-Worldy City Representing Oxford’s biggest rival in academic terms, Cambridge attracts and caters to thousands of visitors and residents, with good reason. Vast green spaces surround the town, punting is de rigueur and cute, idiosyncratic hidden hangouts add to the place’s quaint feel. Small yet feisty, you can just as easily walk around town as cycle through it, taking in the gorgeous Gothic architecture and old townhouses interspersed along its quiet streets.
Why should I choose Cambridge for my year abroad?

You can’t afford to miss a stroll behind the colleges, walking through the Backs – you can explore the gardens of Clare, Trinity and St John’s colleges from an altogether more tranquil viewpoint. If you’re after museums, Cambridge will tick the box, with more than 20 worthwhile spots. Don’t miss out on the University Museum of Zoology, with many specimens collected by Charles Darwin himself!

Cambridge Punting by yudis_asnarIf the Arts bring out your Lady Macbeth, you should get hold of a copy of the Cambridge Arts Directory, thanks to which you can discover what’s on when in this cutsey little town. The Arts Picture House regularly offers showings of British and foreign art-house movies, whilst the Cambridge Corn Exchange is the epicentre of all things cultural and entertaining. Every summer, Cambridge plays host to the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, a festival consisting of 6 plays by the Bard re-enacted in an open-air setting. Just keep your fingers crossed for some sunshine! As expected, the town offers a fair few popular eateries, with both students and locals alike. If you’d like a typical Tea, head to Auntie’s Tea Shop but beware – it has a tendency to become quite packed on weekends! The Cambridge Chop House is also a good bet if you’re after a tasty Sunday roast, but if you’d like something altogether more exotic, you can take your pick from the many Italian and Asian restaurants propping up across town.

If you’re in need of quelching thirst, you can’t get much more British than the the Castle Inn where locals and visitors rub shoulders and enjoy an evening (or late afternoon) tipple in a traditional setting. The Mill is a popular alternative, especially in the summer when it’s packed with punters sipping on a cool pint of cider.

A few clubs give the town a more animated feel, but most locals either make the most of the old-man pubs or move down to London for a night-out. Cheap train tickets and a reasonably easy commute make this a much more worthwhile option. Much like Oxford, Cambridge offers its visitor and adopted local the chance to enjoy town-life with the chance to hotfoot it to London in no time. No wonder so many flock here throughout the year!

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