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The city is famous for the University of Cambridge, the second oldest university in the English-speaking world (after Oxford). It is also the home of the Cambridge English language exams, which are widely considered to be the most valuable English language qualifications in the world.


Cambridge is built along the beautiful River Cam and there are lots of lovely walks and cycle routes. The city centre is filled with historic buildings and modern shops, and there is a vibrant cultural life with lots of cafes, traditional pubs, music concerts, art exhibitions, festivals, and museums.

Things to see and do


University of Cambridge

The University is made up of splendid buildings that are rich in history. The magnificent King’s College is one of the greatest examples of late Gothic English architecture and is home to a world-renowned choir, with regular concerts. Queen’s College combines Medieval and modern architecture and sits in beautiful, large gardens. The Fitzwilliam Museum is the University’s art museum of the University of Cambridge. The collection includes works of art and antiquities of national and international importance, among them antiquities from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome and masterpieces by Titian, Rubens, Van Dyck, Canaletto, Hogarth, Constable, and Monet.


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Punting tours

A punt is a long, narrow, flat-bottomed boat that is propelled with a long pole. They are a very popular leisure activity in Cambridge. You can hire a chauffeured punt with a guide to talk to you about the city and power the boat. And you can spend a very entertaining afternoon seeing the University buildings and relaxing on the River Cam.


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Cambridge is famous for cycling and this is a fantastic way to explore the city and the surrounding area. Hire a bike and discover the city on its excellent network of cycle paths, or travel further afield and explore the meadows and flatlands of East Anglia. Guided tours are also available and your teacher will be able to help you choose a tour that suits you.

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Nearest airport: Stansted 


Distance from London: 50 minutes by train

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