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See below for details on the full day tour of Cambridge:

FULL Day Tours

 
Cambridge

Cambridge: the city of crocuses and daffodils on the Backs, of green open spaces and cattle grazing only 500 yards from the main market square.

In the first century BC an Iron Age Belgic tribe built a settlement on what is now Castle Hill. Around AD40 the Romans took over the site and it became the crossing point for the Via Devana which linked Colchester with the legions in Lincoln and beyond. The Saxons followed, then the Normans under William the Conqueror, who raised a Castle on a steep hill as a base for fighting the Saxon rebel, Hereward the Wake, deep in the Fens at Ely. The motte of William's castle still stands and Ely Cathedral is visible from the top on a clear day.

The story of Ely Cathedral begins in Saxon Times with the life of its founder, St.Etheldreda., a Saxon princess, born in AD630 at Exning near Newmarket. Well worth visiting.

The first scholars didn't arrive in Cambridge until 1209 and another 75 years passed before Hugh de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, founded Peterhouse, the first college. Clare (1326), Pembroke (1347), Gonville and Caius (1348), Trinity Hall (1350) and Corpus Christi (1352) were established in the first half of the fourteenth century. Ten more colleges were founded during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, including Christ's (1505), King's (1441), Queens' (1448), Jesus (1496), St.John’s (1511), Trinity (1546), and Emmanuel (1584).

There are 31 Universities in Cambridge.

To reach Cambridge from Central London would take a little short of 2 hours.

This City is always bustling with people; there are many shops, churches and, of course, Universities. The visitor will find many places of interest in this University City.

There are various Cambridge Colleges to visit, two of which: King’s college and Chapel and, if closed, there is St John's College always open to tourists. The market, in the heart of the city is a very colourful open market and should be on the agenda or even pay a visit to the Sunday market at All Saints Garden, where you can find an interesting variety of stalls.

The Fitzwilliam Museum is the Art museum of the University of Cambridge and it has been described as "one of the greatest art collections of the nation and a monument of the first importance". The collection includes works of art and antiquities and among them, some from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome together with paintings including masterpieces by Domenico Veneziano, Titian, Veronese, Rubens, Van Dyck, Canaletto, Hogarth, Gainsborough, Constable, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne and Picasso.

Corn Exchange: Live Entertainment Venue

Here is a brief history of the Corn Exchange Building in Cambridge, which makes interesting reading and certainly a well worthwhile visit, if at all practically possible, to the visitor :

1868 : The council decides to build a new Corn Exchange to replace the existing one on St Andrew's Hill, Downing Street, built in 1842 and now too small. The site of the Black Bear Inn and the adjacent building are purchased for £5,000. The building would also be used as an entertainment centre.

1898 : The first motor show is held in the Corn Exchange.

1940’s : Hundreds of rifles are taken to the Corn Exchange to be cleaned and repaired by local women.

1950 : The building becomes a popular venue for roller skating, wrestling and boxing. It is also marked out with four badminton courts and is used for county matches.

1965 : Trading in corn ceases after a new corn exchange is built at the cattle market at a cost of £9,000. The building is hardly used and hired out as a warehouse.

1970 : The building is used for pop concerts, one day sales and exhibitions. In 1967 the hall can be hired for £10 10s a day (half price for locals).

1982 : The key is handed over to the builder to start the first stage of the conversion. This cost £210,000 more than estimated, due to unexpected problems.

1998 : The Corn Exchange is now described by the local media as a priceless public asset, has increased audiences by 50%, costs 30% less to run than in 1988, wins the Charter Mark for excellence in public service for the second time, is regionally and nationally renowned for its new music and contemporary events programme, is regularly grant-aided by the Arts Council of England, Eastern Arts Board, Eastern Orchestral Board & New Audiences Fund.

We will do our best to show you around Cambridge and make your visit enjoyable should you not choose to go around with a Blue Badge Guide. Please note that our drivers are not official guides and therefore their main aim is to take you to the chosen venue but will do their best in showing you around places of interest.

Because these are individual tours, (up to 16 persons), the minibuses used for these is far more versatile than the usual large and cumbersome coaches, so we can take you to see places where otherwise many tourists undoubtedly miss out.

One other great advantage is that we can stop anywhere you choose rather than the pre-arranged, obligatory stops tourists have to do when in larger groups.

The tour will last approximately 8 and half hours departing from your Hotel at 09.00 returning to the hotel by 17.30.

 

Duration:
Full-Day

Cost:
Price on application.

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