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  • Cambridge, could you imagine a more idyllic university town?

  • With its narrow medieval passageways and 801-year-old university

  • this small English city it packed with history.

  • But Cambridge is embracing the new, its restaurant scene has moving on from pub grub

  • And has something exciting, yet still traditional, to offer.

  • Welcome to Cambridge.

  • Cambridge is less than an hour from London by train.

  • And once you've arrived, you're going to want to do what the locals do and get yourself

  • a bike.

  • Cambridge is considered the cycling capital of the UK - they're everywhere.

  • Bike hire shops are peppered around and parking is easy but be warned.

  • In 2017 the Cambridge district had one of the highest rates of bike theft in England

  • and Wales - so lock it up.

  • In the centre of Cambridge is one of the world's most well known and respected Universities.

  • Founded in 1208, it's the fourth oldest university in the world

  • still teaching.

  • One of the jewels in the university's crown is its libraries and this is the big one.

  • Cambridge University Library holds around 8 million books, manuscripts, maps and journals

  • and it was thought some more salacious material.

  • For a long time it was undergraduate folklore that the library tower held a vast stockpile

  • of Victorian age pornography.

  • But no

  • This year the tower's opened up its secrets and revealed its was used to store books

  • and other items thought not good enough for the main building.

  • This material is now regarded as an important resource

  • One of the best ways to see Cambridge's hidden spots is by boat, or punt, to be exact.

  • Punting began in the early 20th century

  • And remains the best way to explore the River Cam and it's many bridges - 25 in all.

  • This is the Mathematical Bridge. Despite looking curved it's made entirely of straight timber.

  • Safely on dry land it's time of a pint.

  • This is The Eagle

  • It was there 1953 Francis Crick charged in, interrupting lunchtime service, to announce

  • that he and James Watson

  • had "discovered the secret of life". How DNA carries genetic information.

  • I hope someone offered him a drink.

  • Keeping with tradition, just a few meters down the road is Chop House.

  • This no-nonsense steak restaurant has a classic English menu.

  • Try the Sticky Toffee Pudding - if you have room.

  • But it not all old England, this is Pint Shop, offering 23-tap craft beer and 100 gin options.

  • There are plenty of places to stay in the city but if you want to get some country air,

  • just a short drive out of town is Clopton Courtyard

  • Here you can rent your own barn, there are six to choose from , and enjoy the quintessentially

  • English countryside surrounding.

  • Not a bad spot to finish off your day

Cambridge, could you imagine a more idyllic university town?

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Cambridge is More Than a University Town

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