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Arundel House Hotel

A SHORT GUIDE TO THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE

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Cambridge is a vibrant interesting city and is fast becoming one of the top weekend destinations in the UK. 

 

Shopping

Less than 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel is the Cambridge City Centre which has a large variety of shops ranging from independent boutique shops to high street favourites. It also has a thriving market place which is open all week.

Punting

Punting in Cambridge

Many people are surprised to find out that Traditional Thames pleasure punts were not introduced to Cambridge until about 1902–1904. They rapidly became the most popular craft on the river and today there are probably more punts on the Cam than on any other river in England. Cambridge boasts many fine punting companies which offer interesting and relaxing tours along the Cam. Or hire a punt and have a go yourself.

Sightseeing

What to do in Cambridge

No trip to Cambridge would be complete without a visit to one of the historic Colleges that make up the University of Cambridge. Many of the Collages are a short walk from the hotel. And the world renowned King’s College Chapel is less than 10 minutes away on foot.

 

Connected to the university there are many fine museums such as the Fitzwilliam Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute and The Round Church Visitor Centre. There is also Cambridge University Botanic Garden.

 

Not in the city but close by are other sites such as the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Anglesey Abbey and Wimpole Hall.

Theatres and Venues

Theatres and cinemas Cambridge

Cambridge boasts two of the most interesting and innovative theatres in the country: Cambridge Arts Theatre and ADC Theatre.

 

To rival or complement them (depending on your view) Cambridge has two concert venues of national renown: The Junction and the Cambridge Corn Exchange.

 

Each year Cambridge holds the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, an eight-week season of open-air performances of the works of William Shakespeare, held in some of the University college gardens.

Festivals and Events

Festivals Cambridge UK

Cambridge plays host to many events throughout the year such as Midsummer Fair around mid-summer’s day each year. Strawberry Fair is a free music and children's fair, with a series of market stalls is held around the beginning of June.

 

In May the annual Cambridge Beer Festival is held. Started in 1974, it is Britain's second largest beer festival outside London. 90,000 pints of beer and a ton of cheese were served in 2009.

 

Also in Cambridge each year is the Cambridge Folk Festival, one of the largest festivals of folk music in the UK. This  is held in the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall on the outskirts of the city.