CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND – I’ve now been to Oxford and Cambridge.
And it’s Cambridge I prefer.
It’s a 45 minute train trip from King’s Cross Station in London with no stops (approx. £16 return). A ten minute walk and you’re in the heart of this thriving university town. I found it smarter, neater and easier to explore for a day trip outside of the city.
Everyone I spoke to said you have to go bunting when you’re in Cambridge. It’s basically a gondola ride (think Venice) on a narrow river that passes through the university. Best to go with a guide. I saw a lot of people trying it for themselves but it was nerve wracking to watch them. They bumped into everything a lot including our little boat but they managed to stay dry.
I did the St. John’s College tour and it was a good pick. It wasn’t too busy on the day that I went and it was nicely geared towards tourists. Well marked and with the right amount of information to keep you busy. When you finish the tour you’re outside in the park areas surrounded by trees and plenty of spring flowers.
I loved walking through the streets too. So many nice, cute shops to keep you busy and interested.
There was a graduation ceremony on the day that I was there and so there were many students in their robes. It was odd but the tourists were taking random photographs of them. All in all it was a good day out and I highly recommend it.