Oozing history and tradition at every turn, Cambridge is one of the most pleasant and beautiful cities in the United Kingdom. The cityscape is dominated by the university, its 31 colleges and their extensive green gardens, or 'Backs', spread throughout the city. Throngs of students making their way to class or lounging by the banks of the River Cam, books in hand, as punters lazily float by, enhance the academic feeling of this centuries-old centre of scholarship, along with many fascinating museums and numerous fairs and cultural events.
The University of Cambridge is said to have been founded by former students of Oxford University who left after a dispute and settled in the small town of Cambridge, determined to start their own centre of learning. The city and university have both been largely shaped by the rivalry with Oxford, Cambridge boasting arguably the more beautiful setting and the more pleasant campus life.
The stunning Gothic architecture of the University's colleges, of which King's, Queen's, Corpus Christi, St. John's and Trinity are perhaps the most breathtaking, are emblematic of the city's design and feel, with vast garden spaces, the riverside Backs, filling the whole city with green vistas and fresh air. Beyond the university buildings, the city centre's narrow winding streets offer the best of a small English city, while maintaining the scholarly vibe that makes Cambridge such a unique and pleasant place to visit.Read More