The city of Cambridge, situated on the bank of the River Cam in eastern England, is renowned for its eponymous Cambridge University. This university town is home to cattle grazing daffodils, crocuses, and green fields that make it distinctive in a picturesque setting. These are the 12 Top-rated Tourists attractions in Cambridge, England.
12. The Corpus Clock
The Corpus Clock is one of Cambridge’s most distinctive public monuments and has been revered since its inauguration in 2008 by residents and visitors. It’s an extraordinary time measurement device that is both hypnotically stunning and profoundly disturbing.
11. The Round Church
This magnificent historic building is actually made up of many sections, although it is called the ‘Round Church’. The oldest – the round bit – was founded in 1130 by the Holy Sepulchre Fraternity, a religious guild of local merchants. Think of them as a kind of 12th century ‘Rotary’ club.
10. Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Over 8,000 plants species from around the world provide a stunning backdrop for a leisurely day out. Opened in 1846, the Botanic Garden holds nine National Collections and the best collection of trees in the region including many iconic and some endangered trees. Other highlights include the Winter Garden, richly fragranced Scented Garden, Dry Garden and Bee Borders. The Glasshouse Range is perfect for a cold day.
9. Queens’ College and the Mathematical Bridge
Queens’ College dates back to 1448 when it was founded by Lancastrian Queen Margaret of Anjou, the wife of Henry VI. Shortly after the foundation of Queens’, the War of the Roses began. Richard of York’s son was crowned King Edward IV, and three years later he married Elizabeth Woodville, who became Queen consort. Elizabeth refounded the college “as true foundress by right of succession”.
Cambridge’s Mathematical Bridge crosses the Cam River and belongs to Queens College, one of the many Cambridge University schools. This famous and simple wooden bridge has its own story and is centuries old. Most locals will refer to it as a mathematical bridge, although the prosaic wooden bridge is its official name.
8. Trinity College
Trinity’s history dates back to Henry VIII’s reign and most of its main buildings date from the 16th and 17th centuries. Visitors from all over the world are drawn by the beauty and scale of Trinity’s courts, but the college is also a flourishing, modern culture. The oldest parts of the college date back to the medieval King’s Hall and to the Great Gate, built at the beginning of the 16th century. Twice, first on a low note and then on a far higher one, the clock strikes the hour. The tower once stood about 20 yards from where it is now, and when the Great Court was laid out, it was moved to its present location.
7. Wandlebury Country Park
This magnificent countryside estate on the Gog Magog Hills, just south of Cambridge, offers miles of lovely walks through woods and wildflower meadows grazed by Highland Cattle.
A perfect setting for a picnic or a BBQ, watching nature, running around and creating a den, a gentle walk or an exhausting hike. At a pop-up cafe, enjoy tea, cake or ice-cream or rent the stables for a special occasion.On the ruins of the circular Hillfort of the Iron Age, steeped in myth and legend, and a home, stables and gardens from the 18th century.
6. Anglesey Abbey
Discover the renowned garden, including our special snowdrop series, spring flowers, beautiful herbaceous and dahlia borders, rich autumn colours, followed by the famous Winter Garden, with something to see in every season. Watch the flour being ground in the historic watermill, before heading for an outdoor adventure in the Hoe Fen Wildlife Park, with plenty to explore for all the family.
Move inside the sumptuous home of Lord Fairhaven and travel back to the golden age of country-house living. Venture into the Domestic Wing in the 1960s and get a taste of life under the stairs.
5. The Centre for Computing History
There is much more to the Centre for Computer History than a museum. It holds hands-on exhibits, interactive workshops and a broad range of programs and events based in Cambridge. Most notably, for all ages, it makes the history of computing important and enjoyable.
4. The Bridge of Sighs
A covered bridge belonging to St John’s College of Cambridge University is the Bridge of Sighs in Cambridge. Founded in 1831, it crosses the River Cam between the Third Court and New Court of the college. Henry Hutchinson was the architect. A popular misconception states that it was the students who called this bridge “bridge of sighs,” since it means that the “sighs” are those of pre-exam students in the light of its occurring within the college grounds.
3. Peterhouse College
Peterhouse is ancient. Established in 1284, when you step over the warped stone under the main gate, you can sense its age. It was possibly a pioneer in the creation of the traditional Cambridge courtyard, as seen all over the university today, pristinely landscaped with an attached chapel and dining hall. There is a newly added and much smaller second court after its first court, which had the final Whittle building christened in 2015 by Prince Charles. Past that is River Cam, closing in the little college with its ~250 students and creating a quaint atmosphere.
2. Corpus Christi College
Corpus Christi College was founded in 1352. Both on the site of its original establishment in the heart of the city and in the midst of one of the finest private gardens in Cambridge at Leckhampton, the College offers a stimulating academic and residential environment. Dramatists Christopher Marlowe (1564-93) and John Fletcher (1579-1625)are among the best-known alumni of the college. The college is available for summer accommodations and has become popular for events such as weddings.
1. National Horse Racing Museum
In the heart of Newmarket, the National Horse Racing Museum is a five-acre location. It contains three additional attractions: the Trainer’s House and King’s Yard Galleries’ National Horseracing Museum; the Palace House’s Packard Galleries of British Sporting Art; and the ability to meet retired racehorses in the Racehorses Retraining flagship home.