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A historic city
Steeped in history, with evidence of its rich past on every street corner, Cambridge promises a never-ending source of new discoveries for anyone with even a passing interest in days gone by. The Romans built the first town, as a convenient crossing point on the river Granta, now called the Cam. The city’s first connection with academia was in the 13th century, with the first college, Peterhouse, founded in 1284: this and subsequent colleges offer some of Cambridge’s finest historic architecture. Some of the oldest houses can be seen on the lower parts of Castle Hill, one of which is the Cambridge Folk Museum.
City of education
No. 1 for retail therapy
Cambridge city centre has recently been transformed by the opening of the Grand Arcade, a stylish sky-lit shopper’s paradise which houses the best of designer stores and high-street names – as well as cafés and restaurants – all under one beautifully designed glass roof. The city’s smaller streets still house a wealth of independent shops: unique Aladdin’s caves filled with everything from hand-crafted jewellery to antiquarian books, traditional toys to objets d’art. All the major supermarkets can be found in Cambridge including Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Tesco. Market Hill hosts daily markets and on Sundays a Farmers’ Market with arts, crafts and antiques.
A world of sport and leisure
The Cambridge sport and leisure scene is as exciting as it is energetic with superb facilities for an abundance of indoor and outdoor activities. From parks and pools to clubs and cinemas, leisure life in Cambridge embraces all things – including the quintessentially Cambridge, such as punting on the Cam. Sporting challenges are as much a part of the city’s culture as the spires of King’s College Chapel – the Chariots of Fire race is now one of Cambridgeshire’s largest annual charity events – and from such traditions through to family activities and extreme sports, there’s always something for players and spectators alike.
Cambridge has all the arts exceptionally covered, as might be expected. The jewel in the city’s cultural crown has to be the Arts Theatre which offers an excellent programme of visiting, often pre-West End, productions and home-grown entertainment, while the Corn Exchange hosts concerts, stand-up and touring musicals. Visual arts venues include the renowned Fitzwilliam Museum, whose stunning permanent collection is constantly enlivened by ongoing exhibitions; and the quirky Kettles Yard, one man’s vision of how a house can be a haven of peace and beauty.
A city that works
Cambridge has the highest average income of the top university towns, and is at the heart of the fastest-growing economic region in the UK.
Cambridge has long enjoyed a unique and prosperous position in the UK as a celebrated centre of excellence, earning such epithets as The Cambridge Phenomenon and Silicon Fen due to the large cluster of high-tech businesses associated with software, electronics and biotechnology. Known globally and hailed as one of the most important technology centres in Europe, Cambridge is home to respected business leaders, cutting-edge R&D, multinational companies, Marshall Aerospace, science and research parks, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and, of course, the University.
The Cambridge Biomedical Campus is an international centre of excellence in biomedical research, just minutes from Great Kneighton, and is home to one of the most productive concentrations of biomedical scientific research in the world - www.cambridge-biomedical.co.uk
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Parks and green spaces
Cambridge truly is a green city – the natural fen landscape flows right into the centre along the river Cam. Beautifully kept college grounds and fellows’ gardens, public parks and commons provide an abundance of formal and informal open space with play equipment, football pitches and tennis courts.
During the summer months the Council hosts large events which are free to the public, including Pop in the Park, Strawberry Fair, an open air comedy festival, a fireworks night, and jazz concerts on Sunday afternoons.