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Weekend Breaks to Cambridge

Planning a short break to Cambridge? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Cambridge. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Cambridge. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Market Square

The city centre is where you will find the charming heart of town and it's Market Square. For hundreds of years there has been a market in the square, on Monday through till Saturday the stalls sell a variety of goods and crafts are sold on Sundays. Some interesting buildings flank the square including Great St Mary's Church.

There is a web site covering all areas at; www.cambridgemarkets.co.uk

Castle Hill

From Castle Street take a walk up this hill which served as the town's high point and defence in Norman times. In more modern times the site was used by Cromwell's army in 1642. The view of the city from here makes the effort well worth it. At the base of the hill is Shire Hall which is the headquarters of the local council.

Kings College

King's Parade, Just look for the tourists in the city centre and you've found King's College. Stroll through these grounds and buildings that have educated the cream of society for hundreds of years. Beautiful architecture and pristine gardens delightfully located next to the River Cam. One of the must see's in this lovely city.

The website is; www.kings.cam.ac.uk

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival

This very popular annual event takes place in the summer at various venues throughout the city. The host of productions are presented by the top actors who perform to about 25,000 people every year.

All the masters favourites are performed and details are available on the festivals website at; www.cambridgeshakespeare.com

Ely Cathedral

Just a short drive from Cambridge in Ely which is in a flat area known as The Fens. The Cathedral rises out of the surrounding countryside like a monolith and is dubbed "The Ship of the Fens". First constructed by the Normans in the 11th century, much of the original remains today and is worth seeing. On site there is a brass rubbing centre and a museum of Stained Glass.

The website is; www.cathedral.ely.anglican.org

Midsummer House Restaurant

The perfect location in the centre of the city and overlooking the serene Midsummer Common. This restaurant housed in a Victorian villa is for the lover of fine cuisine. The very original menu slants towards French provincial cooking, but caters for all tastes. Expect first class service and mouth-watering culinary delights. The wine list compliments the superb dishes, enjoy!

The Anchor

Silver Street in central Cambridge. Situated in the perfect position on the river, you will enjoy a relaxing drink or meal here. Grab one of the outside tables and in the summer watch the punts slowly float past. The bonus here is a good choice of beverages and sometimes a guest real ale or two. The food served is the usual pub fare, but prices are reasonable.

The website to check is; www.theanchorpub.f9.co.uk

Punting the River

"There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." To quote Ratty from the famous Childrens novel "Wind in the Willows". Cambridge in fine weather is just the place as you can hire a boat to punt(Guide and give power to the boat by using a pole at the floor of the river). Boats can be found at locations along the river and youngsters are available as punters or you can go it alone.

www.puntingincambridge.com will give you more info.

Fitzwilliam Museum

The museum of the University of Cambridge is housed in an impressive neoclassical building, and is filled with Egyptian, Roman and Greek art as well as fine examples of the works of Titian, Rubens, Gainsborough, Stubbs and Constable, Cezanne and Picasso. It also has some fine antique furniture.There is no admission charge and you will find a visit here will enlighten the rainiest day.

Try the site for more info; www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Wimpole Hall

Just about 12kms to the south of the town on the A603 look for the signs this large 18th century National Trust property. Formally the home of Rudyard Kiplings daughter and now open to the public.The house and grounds are beautiful and well worth the drive and entry fee.

It was established in 1794 as a farm and still functions as such, kids will be delighted with the animals.

For all the information go to; www.wimpole.org

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Live The City - Tourist Attraction

Live The City is the most exciting sightseeing experience in Cambridge. Visitors turn sightseeing detective as they choose from a range of self guided walking tours, combining fascinating sightseeing information with brain teasing clues to solve en route. Each tour covers famous landmarks and hidden treasures of the city and finishes with a big screen, interactive quiz, based on the facts uncovered during the day. Live The City sightseeing experiences are 100% fun for all! www.livethecity.com

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