Cambridge is the county town of Cambridgeshire in eastern England, with a population of almost 125,000 people. It lies on the River Cam and is approximately 55 miles from London. There is evidence of settlement in the area as early as the Bronze Age, and it was an important trading centre during the Roman and Viking ages. There are plenty of things to do in Cambridge, thanks to this amazing heritage.
The University of Cambridge, or Cambridge University, was founded in 1209, over 800 years ago, after lecturers left Oxford after a conflict with King John. It was even granted a royal charter by King Henry III in 1231, granting it certain rights before Oxford. Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world's fourth-oldest surviving university. It is made up of 31 colleges spread over the city. The different colleges often have unique aspects to them which can be explored.
The River Cam is mostly used for boating and punting in Cambridge is a tradition, and a must-do if you visit. Punting is using a certain type of boat, a punt, and guiding it through the water with a pole. There are a variety of different punting tours that you can do, which all vary in length, though typically you can expect it to be around 45 minutes. Some allow you to try yourself, whereas others are led by professionals.
There’s plenty of other things to do in Cambridge if punting isn't your cup of tea. The Cambridge Corn Exchange puts on amazing live music performances, while 666-seat venue The Cambridge Arts Theatre is great for live theatre, dance and other performing arts. There is also plenty to eat and drink in beautiful locations and secret hideaways across the town.