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Cambridge is an ancient place going back to before Roman times, more than 2000 years. It is named after the ‘bridge over the river Cam’ and there are many bridges now, the most famous being the ‘Mathematical’ bridge in Queens College - which was said to have been built by Isaac Newton without nails! – and the Bridge of Sighs, in St John’s college which is a covered bridge having the same name as the bridge in Venice.
The town is now famous for its technology and innovation, much of it in the hi-tech and IT industries and so the area is known as the ‘Silicon Fen’ because of this. The population is about 125,000 with an extra 20,000 students during term time!


Directions to Cambridge by Car

Cambridge is 50 miles north of London (1 hour from the M25). Lantern is on the corner of Chesterton Rd and Elizabeth Way, with easy access to the centre, the Science & Innovation business park & the Grafton Shopping Centre

Directions to Cambridge by Car

The 'Citi no.2' bus goes every 10 minutes from a few metres away from Lantern House, to the town centre, Mill Rd and Addenbrookes.

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Directions to Cambridge by Car

The Cambridge railway station is 1.9 miles away from Lantern House, a short bus or taxi ride or abour 30 minutes walk.

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The University of Cambridge dates back over 800 years now, the first scholars and students coming here from Oxford in 1209. The University is really divided into the University Faculties/Departments and the Colleges. The Colleges are where the students and ‘Fellows’ normally live and the Faculties are where the actual teaching and research is done in the various academic subjects.

Like the Colleges, the Faculties are spread around Cambridge and some of them have interesting museums open to the public, eg. The Scott Polar Research Institute on Lensfield road and the Cavendish (Physics) Laboratory off Madingley road. This has many original pieces of apparatus and equipment used in the great discoveries in Physics.

Many of the colleges are very old and have even older origins, usually church organisations on church land that was taken away from them by Henry VIII during the dissolution of the monasteries, which did enable several of the grander colleges to be founded. These are beautiful and well worth visiting.
The oldest college is Peterhouse, founded in 1284. The biggest and most famous are Kings College, St John’s College, Trinity College and Queens College. These are all near to each other and can be seen along the centre of town between the old Round church and Kings Parade. Or you can go along the ‘Backs’ to see them next to the river. Just a bit further along is Downing College, on Regent street, all built in beautiful neoclassical

There are many Museums associated with the university, the biggest is the Fitzwilliam Museum (free entry), many college chapels and of course other colleges too.

The University of Cambridge is of course pre-eminent in the Arts and Sciences and has in fact produced more Nobel Prize winners than any other university.





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Historical centre
The colleges, museums and old centre of town. Guided walks are available for the town centre and the colleges, conducted by University students or official guides.

Punt tours are available, best in the Spring and Summer when it is not too cold, and a good way to see Cambridge. You can hire a punt with a chauffeur to take you or have a go at punting yourself but be careful not to fall in the river!

There are many churches and College Chapels. Kings college chapel is a great attraction, from its majestic Gothic architecture to its Rubens ‘Adoration of the Magi’ painting. Great St Mary’s, the ‘University church’, offers great views of Cambridge from the top of the tower. The Round Church; built in 1129, only 63 years after the Normans under William took over England is one of the
oldest churches in England and one of only 4 round churches and the second oldest in Cambridge.
The oldest is the Anglo-Saxon church of St Benet, in Bene’t street, dating back to 1025. The Round
church is a good example of Romanesque Norman style and is open to the public with exhibition
displays showing history from the Romans to the 20th Century. Guided walks are available from the
Round church.

Fitzwilliam museum, other university museums open to the public, eg. Zoological, Science, Technology, Archaeology and Anthropology, Earth Sciences, the Whipple Science museum, containing many scientific instruments. http://www.cam.ac.uk/local/events/museums.html

Several shopping centres, eg. The Arcade in the centre, Grafton Centre, Beehive etc. http://www.visitcambridge.org/VisitCambridge/Shopping.aspx

The University Botanic Garden
Big and very varied, well worth a visit. http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

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