The Smart City of Britain

Famed for its high-flying university and a ream of literary sons, Cambridge is a smart city in every sense of the word.

It’s right up there with the UK’s best-looking cities – green open spaces dovetailing perfectly with intricate, ornate Gothic buildings while stereotypically straight-backed cyclists whistle by with abandon. You might enlist a little pedal power yourself as you make your way around the beautiful city centre – but many visitors choose to see the sights during a leisurely, lazy punting trip down the river.

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Thanks to its gorgeous chapel, a monument to Tudor magnificence, Kings College must count as one of the most beautiful things to see in Cambridge.

Founded by Henry VIII in 1546, Trinity College is another breathtaking example of Tudor splendour: look out for the statue of the monarch, presiding over the Great Gate. The table leg Henry is holding was placed there by prankster students generations ago. The awe-inspiring beauty and sheer size of Trinity’s Great Court will impress everyone but sporting enthusiasts and film buffs in particular have a special reason to come and admire what is reputedly the largest enclosed court in Europe.

It was here that Harold Abrahams became the first person to ever complete the Trinity Great Court Run – running around the college courtyard in the time it takes for the clock to strike twelve – as depicted in the 1981 film, Chariots of Fire. Stop by Trinity’s Wren Library between 12 and 2pm to indulge in some childhood nostalgia by admiring A.A. Milne’s original manuscript of Winnie the Pooh, completely free of charge.

One way to avoid the £6.50 entrance fee and enjoy an uplifting experience is to go for Evensong, held in the chapel at 5.30pm Monday to Friday and at 10.30am and 3.30pm on Sunday during term time. Check the College’s website for details.

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