Top heritage things to do in Cambridge

  1. University of Cambridge

The historic University of Cambridge was founded in 1209, and is the second oldest university in the English-speaking world. It’s split into 31 colleges, many of which are beautiful historic buildings with gorgeous gardens, and some of which back onto the gently winding River Cam. It’s well worth taking a tour of some of the best known (Kings, Trinity, Corpus Christi, Pembroke, St, Johns – to name a few) to take in the sights, and learn about some of the famous alumni, from Sir Isaac Newton to Lord Byron, who studied here.

 

  1. Anglesey Abbey

Believed to have been founded by Henry I in 1135, Anglesey Abbey has been a hospital, a priory and, more recently, a private home to the aristocrat, Lord Fairhaven. Today you can explore this beautiful house, full of antiques, paintings and clocks, and explore the extensive gardens. There’s even a working water mill, the origins of which date back to 1086.

 

  1. The Round Church

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, more commonly known as the round church, was built in 1130 and is one of only four medieval round churches still in use in England. Step inside a rare piece of medieval history!

 

  1. Bridge of Sighs

The famous Bridge of Sighs in St. Johns College is one of the best-known bridges in Britain. Modelled on the Bridge of Sighs in Venice, it’s best seen from a punt – just remember to lower your pole as you pass underneath!

 

  1. Imperial War Museum Duxford

The IWM Duxford is a historic airfield that tells the story of aviation history, and the people who staffed RAF Duxford over the years. If you love all things aviation, this is the one for you. It has permanent exhibitions dedicated to the Battle of Britain and American aircraft, world famous aircraft and a look inside RAF Duxford’s 1940s Operations Room.

 

  1. City Sightseeing Tour

The whole city of Cambridge is a heritage attraction, and the best way to take it all in is with a city sightseeing tour. You’ll see the famous colleges, from Kings College to St Johns, the Round Church and more.

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