Home to the famous university and colleges, with the oldest Peterhouse founded in 1284, Cambridge is also a city of high technology and innovation that has one of the largest Biomedical Research centres in the world. The name Cambridge, which means 'from the river', illustrates how the city was formed by draining the low lying wetlands or Fens around the River Cam to create firm ground for building upon. The river also allowed trading routes to be established from Norfolk to London, and has been a huge influence on the economic prosperity of the city. Today, the Cam is used for more sedate leisure activities, and a great view of Cambridge can be found from one of the punts with their pole method of propulsion along the calm waters of the river.
Location: The gateway to East Anglia and the North
Cambridge's close location to London of around 80 kilometres to its north meant that historically, it was an important staging post for trade going to the north and east of England. It still lies on the two important roads of the M11 and the A14 that connect to routes that can stretch as far north as Edinburgh and the important ports of Harwich and Felixstowe in the east. Stansted Airport is less than 20 minutes away, and London’s Gatwick and Heathrow can both be reached within an hour’s drive.
Business: An ideal location with excellent facilities
With direct rail links to London, Norwich, and Birmingham, which can all be reached within one hour, Cambridge has a central location to some of the UK's largest business cities. The conference facilities within the city are second to none, and the services of Conference Cambridge are available free of charge to aid businesses in their search for their ideal venue. The Cambridge Science Park on the outskirts of the city is adjacent to the A14 road, and houses some of the most modern and innovative technology companies in Europe.
Culture: A festival option for everyone
With a calendar full of events, festivals, craft fairs, and markets, there sure is something going on, no matter what time of year you visit. Cambridge plays host to international festivals for film, folk music, Jazz music, as well as the free music festival Strawberry Fair. In winter months, the festivals move inside to warmer locations, and literary and arts festivals spring up to delight visitors with Shakespeare, local and international authors, and arts and humanities workshops that enthral and delight hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Activities: Take a guided tour of the city to see more
The best way to view and experience the city is to take an official guided tour that will ensure you see and learn about the unique history behind the buildings, artworks, and universities. Tours can even be tailor-made for you, and it is possible to have a one-on-one tour that can be adapted as you walk along, so you can learn about the sights that catch your eye as you stroll through this beautiful city.