Cambridge's most well-known attractions include the River Cam and Trinity College, and many people travel to Cambridge to enjoy its great parks, shopping, and museums. It's really worth staying over for at least a day or two in Cambridge if you're traveling through the United Kingdom's England region, as Cambridge is one of the United Kingdom's more popular travel destinations. Take some time to explore this Cambridge travel guide and check out all the interesting stuff to see and do there.
To the world, Cambridge is known for its university, regarded as one of the oldest and the best in the world. Dated back to the 13th century, University of Cambridge consist of several colleges, with breathtaking ancient architectures scattered mostly around the city centre area.
King's College is one of the most popular college attractions, while the gate of Trinity College displays the apple tree in which Issac Newton discovered his theory of gravity. Few minutes walk from King's College and you'll find 'The Eagle', a pub in which the structure of DNA was discovered by Francis Crick and James Watson in 1953. Not far from there, in Silver Street, you'll find the starting point for punting (a Gondola-like boat, a must-try experience) where you will stroke along the river Cam, passing the gorgeous medieval scenery and the many historical bridges, including the mathematical bridge in Queen's college that mark the city's name of Cam-Bridge.
Cambridge is also known for it's diversity. The numerous language schools, boarding schools, other universities and colleges makes it a very international student city. Bring a ball to Parker's Piece (one of the biggest and busiest parks, where legends has it that it's the place where football was invented) and few minutes later several people from different nationalities will introduce themselves and ask for a game of football (soccer). Visit the night clubs around the city centre area, and various world-themes will colour the night away. And there's always enough museums and activities to fulfill everybody's interests.
Youth hostels mostly scattered near the train station, while every 30 minutes (if I'm not mistaken) a public bus can take you to the city centre area from there. Alternatively, you can just walk to the city centre since It'll take only around 15-20 minutes to walk. Or if you really want to get the feel of the city, try to rent a bike... for me it's the best way to enjoy the city.
One of the best "things to do" at Cambridge is simply walking around the different colleges. I suggest you begin at the Round Church on Bridge Street, as from here you can embark on a stroll south along the most famous colleges. The Round Church is the second oldest building in Cambridge; dating back to 1130 when the Normans settled here from France. Just south of the Round Church is Sidney Sussex College, where Oliver Cromwell's head is said to be buried about two blocks from the Magic Joke Shop on Bridge Street. The rest of this walking tour proceeds south on St. John's Street. Note that this street will change names twice as you pass Trinity College and King's College before becoming Trumpington Street in front of Pembroke College. When you approach a college, you will see a person wearing purple standing at the entrance gate. The purple people are porters; trolls who seek tolls from tourists. When they ask you "Are you a member of the college?" the secret password is "Yes" as long as you are dressed like a preppy student or look like a professor. I wore a black pants and big wooly sweater on the day of my walk in anticipation of having a gauntlet of portentous porters inquire about my membership status. Highlights of the tour include the Bridge of Sighs at St. John's and the Mathematical Bridge at Queen's College. Each time you infiltrate past a porter you will want to see how far west you can go toward "The Backs" in order to see more of the magnificent architecture. For example, the King's College Chapel is best seen from behind. You can end your tour with a right turn at Mill Lane and a meal at Dojo Noodle Bar or continue south to Fitzwilliam Museum on Trumpington Street.
Cambridge is an amazing city ... even if you are just visiting ... my list of tips will be different, having studied there, but from a travel perspective.... do go punting on the river Cam, visit the Colleges for the feel and architecture (especially Kings, Trinity and Johns), visit nearby Grantchester village and laze in the Orchard there (the haunt of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, Rupert Brooke and others of the Bloomsbury Group), laze around in Jesus Green, have a pint at the nearby Rat and Parrot pub, visit Heffers and the loads of other bookshops there, stroll around the Market Square, eat at a riverside restaurant or cafe, watch a play in the one of the college gardens, and attend a lecture or so if you can... easily reached from London in less than an hour by train ...