Cambridge in Autumn – Photo Essay
Autumn in Cambridge
Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that
everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge gradually wore off.
In this respect my travels were very useful to me.*
The Church of the Holy Cepulchre, or the Round Church as it is known locally
Our Lady and the English Martys Church
Many houses are covered in murals
Just because my two previous trips to Cambridge were for beer festivals, doesn’t mean that is the only reason to visit it; far from it. Cambridge is actually a really nice place to drop by if you happen to be in London or around.
Cambridge is of course famous for the University of Cambridge, which was set up already in 1209. It’s one of the top universities in the world, which is no surprise considering it has created such minds as Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Francis Bacon, Lord Kelvin and Alan Turing.
And these days it’s only about 50 minutes from central London by fast train.
The Baron of Beef public house where Douglas Adams used to drink
Punting on the Cam is a popular past time
Common sight in Cambridge, bikes and posters attached to a fence
Art and Craft Market in Cambridge
Going to Cambridge is a bit like stepping into a different world. Some my Cambridge based friends might applaud or shoot me for this, but Hogwarts does always come to mind when I go walking in Cambridge. It’s filled with students and old buildings.
Or it could of course just be that those movies have ruined my concept of English university towns.
Whatever you think of the movies, there are plenty of churches and old buildings in Cambridge, most of which are still used by the universities and therefore have a sign saying “Closed to Visitors” in front to try to keep the nosy tourist out.
But just between you and me, you can probably have a look around if you just look like you know what you’re doing.
Closed to Visitors
Dale’s Brewery, one of many in Cambridge
King’s College, which is part of University of Cambridge
Clare College, again part of the Cambridge University
There is also at least one robemaker in town, and I don’t think there are that many towns that actually need a robe maker besides Hogwarts/Cambridge.
Cambridge might be a university town, but it’s actually seems like quite a pleasant place to live in. There are a lot of wine & beer shops, butchers, breweries, markets, good restaurants and pubs. So even if you are just visiting, there is plenty to see, eat and drink.
Autumn in Cambridge by the Cam
There are a lot of pedestrian streets in Cambridge
Cambridge has plenty of Antique shops
Tips for visiting Cambridge:
- Great for a day trip from London, or staying overnight
- Fast train from London is only 50 minutes
- Great for cycling around; there is a bicycle rental place close to the train station
- But it’s not very big, so you can easily walk around also
- Cambridge is famous for punting, you should give it a go on the river Cam
- Cambridge beer festival is definitely worth the shot if you’re into ales
Would you like to visit Cambridge and try Punting?
* You could argue that the quote is hardly relevant to the post, but it’s about Cambridge, relates to travel and is by Bertrand Russel, so what more do you want?