My trip to Cambridge: Fitzwilliam Museum and Punting on the River Cam
It’s best to visit Cambridge either in the summer or winter. With most students being away, you can properly explore the city without queues and crowds.
Never go to Cambridge and Oxford on the same day. Most visitors make this mistake. One day is hardly enough to see all the beauty of Cambridge. Not to mention Oxford which is a lot bigger in size.
My friend and I set off early in the morning from London Liverpool Street. The ticket wasn’t expensive at around £15 per person. It took us just an hour to get there. The first thing I noticed is a water bottle refill available at the station. I am all in favour of an eco-friendly lifestyle so was very pleased to see it.
Flick through the pictures I took in Cambridge to get a rough idea of what you could to do there.
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This was my first trip to #Cambridge and I was in absolute awe of the city. Such a gorgeous place with lots of colleges and historic buildings. We went punting on the River Cam and got to see numerous famous bridges including the Mathematical Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs. Now I feel obliged to visit Oxford and compare the two 🤪 #england #holidayfun
INTERESTING FACT. Did you know that Cambridge University’s endowment fund is worth £3bn? Though it has seen a significant drop due to the Univerity’s expansion.
First my friend and I headed towards the heart of Cambridge – its historic colleges. You can see the famous King’s College in the images below. And if you walk through the park you get to the River Cam.
We walked through the park and reached the formidable Trinity College situated on the River Cam. To make the most of your trip, download the map of all the colleges, museums and parks from the Cambridge University website.
It was a sunny and breezy day. Cambridge was at its best – very colourful and serene. What I saw totally exceeded my expectations. Historic colleges and other campus buildings surrounded by beautiful trees hanging over the peacefully flowing River Cam.
Punting on the river was a highlight of the whole journey. I will never forget this amazing experience. It costs £20 and lasts 45 minutes. You get a guide who talks you through the history of each college, the famous bridges and entertains you with little fun facts about Cambridge.
The architecture is mesmerising. I couldn’t stop taking pictures and making short videos of the surroundings.
INTERESTING FACT. Did you know that there are 31 colleges with the oldest being Peterhouse founded in 1284? And three of the colleges admit only women. These are Lucy Cavendish, Newnham, and Murray Edwards.
Make sure you make some time for the Fitzwilliam Museum. It houses a variety of art and antiquities collections going all the way back to ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. The neoclassical architecture of the exterior reminded me of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. They do look like long-lost twin brothers. Or maybe I am just feeling homesick.
If you walk away from the river to the high street there are plenty of food places to choose from. According to TripAdvisor, Signorelli’s Deli Cambridge is the fourth best place for food. That’s where we went for lunch. The portions are quite big and scary. But after a long walk around the city, you might need a recharge.
I definitely recommend spending the whole day in Cambridge as there’s so much to do. Don’t rush it and try to visit as many parts of Cambridge at a steady pace. Put Oxford on the list for the next day and then see which city you like most.