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Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Cambridge Tourists

From our mooring just below Jesus lock we are in a great position for walking into the centre of Cambridge, walking Jumble through the park or Midsummer Common and generally getting to see the sights of this lovely, historic university city.

P1100005Today we have taken one of the city sightseeing bus tours, which gives a good background to the city with stops to visit the various places of interest along the way.

Here’s just a few of the sights of Cambridge………..


Crowds outside the entrance to King’s College, founded in 1441 by King Henry VI.




King’s College Chapel taken from the bus around the back.








Busking in the Bin!







The origins of the Round Church building date back to about 1130 AD making it one of the oldest buildings in Cambridge.







Entrance to Trinity College, with statue of its founder, King Henry VIII above the door.







Along St. Edwards passage we found bookshops to browse in, and coffee shops to stop and chat in.  Small places but big in character.









Great little streets and alleys to explore.








The Jesus Green open air swimming pool, like so many which were opened in the 1920’s and 30’s. This one is well maintained and well used, giving a good long length to swim in.


And then of course there are the backs, where the river Cam flows behind the colleges, busy with punts, some expertly, some not so, controlled by the punter on the back.

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Timeless scenes.




We stopped off at the Botanical Gardens, owned by the University, where there are collections of plants from all over the world in 40 acres of gardens and glass houses.

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My favourite areas were the woodland gardens and the wildflower meadows.

1 comment:

  1. Take a boat trip to Wicken Fen whilst you are in the area. Its beautiful and the wild life superb. Yes you can trun at the end. Dittto Lakenheath. We say Hobbies, a Squarko Heron. Cuckoos, and glow worms amongst many many other things.