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Introduction

Kings College Cambridge

Kings College Cambridge

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Cambridge is home to one of the most famous Universities in the World. The oldest college, Peterhouse, was founded in 1284. The ancient city centre is well preserved, with a wide range of historic buildings and sights for the visitor to enjoy.

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Sights and Activities

University

A number of the individual colleges open parts of their buildings or grounds to visitors.

Museums

More Attractions

  • Punting on the Cam

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Events and Festivals

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Getting There

By Plane

London Stansted Airport and London Luton Airport are both around 30 miles from Cambridge.

By Train

There is a fast and frequent train service from London Kings Cross and London Liverpool Street. Cambridge railway station is a fifteen minute walk from the city centre.

By Car

  • From the South: The M11 motorway connects to London.
  • From the North: The M1 motorway and the A1 connect to the A14 dual carriageway into the city.
  • From the East and West: The A14 connects from both directions.

By Bus

National Express coaches travel to London and London Stansted Airport.
Stagecoach route X5 connects Cambridge with Bedford, Bicester, Buckingham, Milton Keynes and Oxford.

By Boat

The River Cam flows through Cambridge and moorings are available for small pleasure craft and canal boats.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

The bus station is in the city centre, where local busses and long distance coach services can be found.

By Foot

Walking around the city centre is the best option. Several of the roads in the shopping areas are closed to traffic.

By Bike

Cambridge is bicycle city and there are hundreds of cyclists on the roads and on the pavement. There are plenty of places to lock-up your bicycle. There is a cycle hire company at the railway station who offer daily, weekly and longer term hire.

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Sleep

Budget

YHA Cambridge is close to the railway station and a 15-minute walk to the city centre. Limited car parking in surrounding streets is possible, but restricted.

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
YHA Cambridge97 Tenison Road Cambridgeshire, CB1 2DNHostel84
Brooklands Guest House95 Cherry Hinton RoadGuesthouse81
Acorn Guest House154 Chesterton RoadGuesthouse-
Parkview Guesthouse116 Vinery Road CambridgeGuesthouse84
Abbeyfield Guest House2 Rustat RoadHostel68
Ashtrees Guest House128 Perne RoadGuesthouse-
The Mowbray Bed & Breakfast32 Mowbray RoadGuesthouse73
Bharat Timor Rumah B&B20 Thornton Close GirtonGuesthouse-
Aylesbray Lodge Guesthouse5 Mowbray RoadGuesthouse70
Cambridge City Tenison Towers148 Tenison RoadGuesthouse78
A lantern house Cambridge174 Chesterton RoadApartment-
Acacia Guesthouse157 Mowbray RoadGUESTHOUSE-
Lichfield House289 Cherry Hinton RoadGuesthouse-

Mid-Range

Bosworth is a bed and breakfast property which is 3km from the city centre.

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Learn

The University of Cambridge is one of the world's top centres of education.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet caf├ęs can be found in many cities and towns. All UK public libraries provide access, often branded as "People's Network", usually at no or little charge, though there is usually a time limit. Some hotels/hostels also offer internet access, including wifi, but most times at a cost. Using the internet on your personal phone can become expensive very quickly, with carriers charging 100's of times the local rate for data. To avoid these expensive roaming charges, you can hunt for wifi at a local cafe or hotel, or rent a mobile hotspot via several providers including DATAPiXY, and XCOM Global.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to the United Kingdom is: 44. To make an international call from the United Kingdom, the code is: 00

In case of emergency, call 999 or 112 from any phone. Such calls are free and will be answered by an emergency services operator who will ask you for your location, and the service(s) you need (police, fire, ambulance, coastguard or mountain rescue). You can call this number from any mobile telephone as well, even if you do not have roaming.

Although the number is declining, you can still find payphones in many public areas, especially stations, airports etc. You can usually pay with cash and sometimes by creditcard or, for international calls, special phonecards are still available.

Mobile phones are heavily used. The main networks are T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2. 3G data services are available, usually priced per megabyte and coverage is usually very good in the UK, however it may lack in rural areas. Roaming on your personal phone plan can be expensive. To manage costs, consider purchasing a local UK SIM card for your phone. Several companies offer local SIM cards including Telestial, and CellularAbroad.

Post

The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. There will be at least one post office in any town/city and there are quite often post offices in larger villages. It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.
For sending packages overseas, it might be a good idea to check prices and services with international companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.

Quick Facts

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County
Cambridgeshire
Population
130,000
Postcode
CB
Dial Code
01223
Coordinates
  • Latitude: 52.202544
  • Longitude: 0.131237

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