Things to see in Cambridge

Tourist offices

Cambridge Visitor Information Centre

Peas Hill (off Market Place), Cambridge, United Kingdom
Tel: 0871 226 8006 or 1223 464 732 (from overseas).
Opening Hours: Opening hours: Mon-Fri 1000-1730; Sat 1000-1700; Sun and Bank Holidays 1100-1500 (May-Sept).
www.visitcambridge.org

Passes

The Local Secrets Cambridge Pass (www.localsecrets.com/shoppanel.cfm?panelid=30) is a Visitor Card, including a map, offering discounts on walking tours, punting tours, the open top bus, riverboat trips, bicycle rental, eating out, shopping and more. Passes vary in length and type from one day to 30 days. Buy from the tourist office or online.

Cambridge University colleges

Cambridge University is the second oldest university in England, and shares with Oxford University an unrivalled reputation for excellence and tradition.

Founded in the 13th century by scholars from universities in Oxford and Paris, its distinguished alumni include Sir Isaac Newton, John Milton and Stephen Hawking. The university's various colleges, many of them architectural masterpieces, are scattered throughout the city.

St John's College was founded by Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII, in 1511 and contains the New Bridge, often referred to as Cambridge's Bridge of Sighs. Kings College is perhaps the most famous of all the colleges due to its magnificent chapel, built between 1446 and 1515; the choir's Christmas Eve service of nine lessons and carols is internationally renowned, and constitutes an integral part of the festive season in Britain. Trinity College is perhaps the most interesting college, with its magnificent front entrance, rooms used by Isaac Newton, a quad immortalized by the race around it in the film Chariots of Fire, and the famous Wren Library with 1,250 medieval manuscripts, early Shakespeare editions, many books from Sir Isaac Newton's own library and A A Milne's manuscripts of Winnie-the-Pooh

Other highlights include the chapel at Pembroke College, the medieval court at Corpus Christi College, and on the corner of Kings Parade, next to the college, the amazing Corpus Clock, built in 2009.

Many of the university colleges are partially open to visitors at certain times. A board at the entrance lists opening times, otherwise ask at the tourist office.

Opening Times: Vary from one college to the next.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Kings College, King's Parade, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology

This world-class collection of Oceanic, Asian, African and native American artefacts includes many full-sized extremely colourful items (canoes, sculptures, masks, totem pole) and is an exotic feast of images and well-presented ideas. Originally founded in 1884, it has been in its present location on Downing Street since 1913. Major redevelopment in 2012 included refurbishing the ground floor galleries, allowing new visitors to discover this previously hidden University museum. Its oldest object is a 1.8 million year old stone tool from Olduvai Gorge. Other highlights include: the largest collections of objects from the voyages of Captain James Cook and an impressive collection of Anglo Saxon material from Britain, particularly from the Palaeolithic era dating back up to 100,000 years ago.

Opening Times: Tues-Sat 1030-1630 (winter), Tues-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1200-1700.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Downing Street, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Telephone: (01223) 333 516.
The Round Church

This atmospheric Norman survivor, albeit extensively renovated, is one of only four round churches in the country. It dates back to 1130AD, making it one of the oldest buildings in Cambridge. It hosts an excellent permanent exhibition on the history of the city. The round part of the church was influenced by the round church in Jerusalem called the Church of the Holy Sepulchre built by the Roman Emperor Constantine in the 4th century. Since the builders were Normans, recently arrived from France in 1066, they used the Norman or Romanesque style, which explains the use of thick pillars and rounded arches.

Opening Times: Tues-Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1300-1700.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: No
Unesco: No
Address: Bridge Street, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Telephone: (01223) 311 602.
Cambridge & County Folk Museum

This charming and comprehensive museum, focusing on local social history and folklore, is housed in the former 16th-century White Horse Inn. Items in its collection include a wonderful mix of everything from the mundane to the bizarre, such as courting tokens made of corn, to moles paws carried to prevent rheumatism and an old-fashioned vacuum cleaner.

Opening Times: Tues-Sat 1030-1700, Sun 1400-1700.
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: 2/3 Castle Street, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Telephone: (01223) 355 159.
Great St Mary's Church

The fine old university church overlooks the market square and boasts a tower with a narrow vertiginous staircase that opens to look down on the heart of the medieval city.

Opening Times: Mon-Sat 0900-1700, Sun 1230-1700 (May-Aug); Mon-Sat 0900-1600, Sun 1230-1600 (Sept-Apr).
Admission Fees: Yes (for tower)
Disabled Access: No
Unesco: No
Address: King's Parade, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Telephone: (01223) 741 716.
The Fitzwilliam Museum

The university's art collection provides the basis for one of the finest small museum-galleries in Europe, with art and antiquities spanning centuries and civilisations. Among the highlights are paintings from the 14th century to the present day, drawings and prints, sculpture, oriental art, illuminated manuscripts and coins and medals and antiquities from Egypt, the Ancient Near East, Greece, Rome and Cyprus.

Opening Times: Tues-Sat 1000-1700; Sun 1200-1700.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Trumpington Street, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Telephone: (01223) 332 900.
Cambridge University Botanic Garden

The university's botanic garden is a beautifully landscaped 40-acre (16-hectare) garden a mile south of the city centre. The collection numbers more than 10,000 labelled plant species, featuring many different kinds of landscapes, from the alpine to woodlands, as well as several glasshouses, a lake, a winter garden and a rock garden.

Opening Times: Daily 1000-1800 (Apr-Sept); daily 1000-1700 (Feb, March, Oct); daily 1000-1600 (Nov-Jan).
Admission Fees: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Cory Lodge, Bateman Street, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Telephone: (01223) 336 265.
Kettle's Yard

This remarkable house (open afternoons only) is as notable for its layout and undisturbed time-capsule nature as for its collection of late-20th-century art and sculpture (Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Miró, Brancusi, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth). Adjacent is a gallery rotating top quality exhibitions. Currently closed for refurbishment.

Opening Times: Closed. Cottages due to re-open in September and the rest of the house by the end of the year. The gallery will remain open throughout this time with our current exhibitions.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Castle Street, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Telephone: (01223) 748 100.
Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

An old fashioned but atmospheric museum with impressive dinosaur skeletons and specimens collected by Darwin on his 1831 voyage aboard The Beagle. In total, the museum is responsible for around 1.5 million fossil, rock and mineral specimens from around the world, encompassing more than 500 million years of Earth's history.

Opening Times: Mon-Fri 1000-1300 and 1400-1700, Sat 1000-1600.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Downing Street, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Telephone: (01223) 333 456.
University Museum of Zoology

This old fashioned museum, stuffed with skeletons from the natural world, and famous for its giant outdoor skeleton of a Finback whale, stranded at Pevensey in 1865. The museum has strong links to Darwin. A permanent exhibition was opened in 2009 displaying specimens collected and used by Darwin, including animals collected during the Beagle voyage, and beetles he collected while he was an undergradate student at Cambridge. The museum is currently closed for refurbishment.

Opening Times: Closed for refurbishment.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Downing Street, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Telephone: (01223) 336 650.
Whipple Museum of the History of Science

This collection (closed weekends) is renowned for its early scientific instruments, dating from the 14th century. The building itself is partially housed in a large hall with Jacobean hammer-beam roof-trusses, built in 1618 as the first Cambridge Free School. The museum is named after its founded, Robert Stewart Whipple (1871-1953), who had a life-long connection with the world of scientific instruments as his father was a scientist too. The founder presented his collection of 1,000 scientific instruments, and a similar number of rare books, to the university in 1944. The rare book collection now contains 3,000 volumes.

Opening Times: Mon-Fri 1230-1630.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Free School Lane, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Telephone: (01223) 330 906.
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