As if I needed more of a reason to fall in love with the United Kingdom, last Saturday my friends and I made the trek outside of London and visited Cambridge. After sprinting across the Underground station and barely making our train, we began our hour and a half journey to this charming city!
We started off our day in Cambridge by taking a free walking tour from Footprints Walking Tours. Our tour guide, Tim, was great! We got to see some of the beautiful spots in Cambridge as well as learn about the prestige of the University and the city itself. Besides all the factual information about Cambridge, Tim made sure to include fun facts and interesting anecdotes about the city itself. It was a great beginning to our day, and it helped us get situated with the city and figure out what to do for the rest of our day. I wasn’t aware of how many beautiful buildings Cambridge had, so it was great to actually be guided through the city to see them all and to discover the history behind each one.
After our tour, we decided to tour a college. We chose St. John’s College, and it was beautiful. The luscious green grass and the beautiful architecture of the college made the campus so picturesque! It made me question going to college in New York City, for sure. College kids were sprawled around the campus, having just finished exams, and the view of the River Cam was spectacular. The beautiful sunny day added to the aura that St. John’s College boasted and we even joked that we were going to transfer schools.
We then went to Jesus Green and picnicked in the park for lunch. Everyone was outside and it was so lovely! Just sitting in the park and observing the residents of Cambridge was interesting enough — we saw people practicing tightrope walking, dogs and children running around and a lot of “hen” (bachelorette) parties! We couldn’t have picked a better day to go to Cambridge. It felt like the sun was shining on us favorably!
We then decided to walk around the town a bit more and booked a punting tour. Punting is what Cambridge is apparently known for (besides for their Noble Prizes, that is). It’s essentially going on a boat and using a long rod to steer the boat. Our tour guide, George, was showing us all the colleges along the River Cam and even told us some cool facts about the schools, which was pretty cool. It was an experience that I definitely wouldn’t forget.
We then grabbed food at Mill’s, which is apparently the pub where all the college kids go to. So yes, we did pretend to be Cambridge students for a little bit. The food was great and the atmosphere of the pub was so cool. I would definitely recommend it for anyone visiting Cambridge! After that, we just explored the city a bit more and went back to the station and took the train to London.
I’m really glad that we were able to go to Cambridge, especially since it was a place I really wanted to visit during my time in the United Kingdom. The town was even more beautiful than I thought it would be! It’s a town so steeped in history, pride, and culture and I’m so happy that I was able to say that I got to see Cavendish Lab in person (the lab where JJ Watson discovered the electron) as well as walk the grounds of a college where great minds once roamed. It was a humbling experience and one that I will always treasure for the rest of my life.