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Cambridge in Autumn – Photo Essay

Autumn in Cambridge

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.*

Bertrand Russel

The Church of the Holy Cepulchre, or the Round Church as it is known locally

The Church of the Holy Cepulchre, or the Round Church as it is known locally

Our Lady and the English Martys Church

Our Lady and the English Martys Church

Many houses are covered in murals

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

The Baron of Beef public house where Douglas Adams used to drink

Punting on the Cam is a popular past time

Punting on the Cam is a popular past time

Common sight in Cambridge, bikes and posters attached to a fence

Common sight in Cambridge, bikes and posters attached to a fence

Art and Craft Market in Cambridge

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

Closed to Visitors

Dale's Brewery, one of many in Cambridge

Dale’s Brewery, one of many in Cambridge

King's College, which is part of University of Cambridge

King’s College, which is part of University of Cambridge

Clare College, again part of the Cambridge University

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

Autumn in Cambridge by the Cam

There are a lot of pedestrian streets in Cambridge

There are a lot of pedestrian streets in Cambridge

Robemakers

Robemakers

Cambridge has plenty of Antique shops

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
Red murals

Red murals

Cambridge cafe

Cambridge cafe

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?

18 Comments

  1. I thought my trip in Winter made Cambridge look beautiful but with the Autumn colours the city really has a whole new light.

    Great photography as always Jarmo. :)
    Nicole recently posted..13 Lessons I’ve Learnt from Travelling SoloMy Profile

    • It was gorgeous with the fall just starting :)

  2. Beautiful shots…love the red flowers climbing the building
    D.J. – The World of Deej recently posted..Finding Florida – Discovering the CapitalMy Profile

  3. Great photos, great place :)

  4. I don’t mind that you compare my city to Hogwarts. We do it all the time. :-)

  5. Cambridge is such a gorgeous town, and you captured it really well.
    Sophie recently posted..Catalonia – a new European state?My Profile

    • Thanks Sophie! Yep, it is really beautiful :)

  6. Love the photos. General Tailors side by side with Robemakers made my day!

    • Thanks :) yeah, I also found it quite amusing :)

  7. Beautiful photos! I spend 1.5 years in London and went to Cambridge occasionally. I love its arches, cathedral but I never saw it Autumn. Thanks for capturing the golds so gracefully.
    Charu recently posted..At the Pierre Hotel in New York City, Cocktails Through the AgesMy Profile

    • Thanks :) yes Cambridge has some beautiful architecture, love going there and just walking around

  8. Ohh, what a wonderful city. For some reason, the pictures of the bikes with tons of posters in the background caught my attention. The photos say a lot about the artistic events in the city.
    Ruth (Tanama Tales) recently posted..Eating in Tlaxcala, MexicoMy Profile

    • Cambridge being a university city definitely as a lot of artists and the like

  9. I totally miss the cool, crisp autumn air and the changing of colors. It’s nice to be in the tropics, so now, but this season is definitely something I always love experiencing. I’m envious.
    Sherry recently posted..Canyon Deep in RondaMy Profile

    • Yeah, I was surprised how much I had actually missed autumn, since I didn’t get to see one last year in Asia. Only problem with the autumn is that it is followed by winter ;) so that’s definitely a plus for tropics!

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