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Map of top 10 attractions in Cambridge
The typical top ten attractions are listed below. You can find the detailed locations of these places on the maps above.
- Walk around the Cambridge University colleges (King's, Trinity, St John's, Jesus, Magdalene and many more)
- Take a boat tour on the River Cam, also known as Punting in Cambridge
- Enjoy art and history (for free!) in the Fitzwilliam Museum
- Have a cup of tea in the Orchard – Tea House amongst Apple trees
- Marvel at the natural beauty in the University Botanical Gardens
- Explore Scott Polar Research Institute
- Visit the unique Round Church
- Climb to the top of the Great St Mary's Church
- Brush up your on your knowledge in the science and technology museums: the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Museum of Zoology, the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, the Museum of Classical Archaeology
- Enjoy art: Kettle's Yard art gallery, Cambridge Arts Centre, Cambridge Arts Picture House
What are some interesting facts about Cambridge?
Affiliates of Cambridge University have won around 100 Nobel Prizes covering all six disciplines.
Oxford has received fewer Nobel Prizes but it has produced more prime ministers than Cambridge.
One of the most famous rock'n'roll bands of all time formed in Cambridge: Pink Floyd. Syd Barrett was brought up in the city. Roger Waters, the other co-founder, later went to Cambridgeshire High School for Boys with him.
Oliver Cromwell is buried in an unmarked grave close to the doors of the Sidney Sussex College Chapel
The University of Cambridge was officially started in 1209 by an association of scholars who came from Oxford. There are rumours that these scholars where in trouble with the law in Oxford and made a run for it to Cambridge (not something that Cambridge people care to admit or are particularly proud of).
The University Library has 29 million books and receives a free copy of every book published in the UK every year. However there has been a recent agreement between it, the British Library and Oxford's library that between them they will carry every book ever written. The reason for this is of course that storage is starting to get out of hand.
All staircases are alphabestised in Trinity College but there are no J's. The reason being that St. John's is their arch rival.
The first official game of football with rules we would recognise was played on Parker's Piece, the big public park in the middle of Cambridge. It was played in 1848 between the City and the University. City won 2-1 with a late goal from a young Ryan Giggs.
The mathmatical bridge which crosses the river Cam was designed by Isaac Newton and is held together only by gravity with no nails, screws or fixings. Years later, students took it apart to try to understand how it worked, but couldn't put it together again without screws and nails!This is the story told to tourists, because although the bridge is wonderful, Isaac Newton died 22 years before it was built!
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