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Curious About...
Cambridge


Cambridge is most famous for its celebrated university, the second oldest university in the English-speaking world - Peter House College was founded in 1284. The rest of its 31 colleges are dotted around the centre of the city and beyond, rich in architectural elegance. In the centre of the city is an all-week market surrounded by shops which disappear down narrow lanes. There are magnificent museums, art galleries, theatres and restaurants, parks to stroll in and punts to ply on the River Cam. A city to astound you!

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    Curious About... Cambridge

  • An exploration of Cambridge's city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the city's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Cambridge in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one starts just 200 metres from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the city - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.
  • One booklet is suitable for up to 4 people, and is available to instantly download on purchase for printing at home or for using immediately on your mobile device, or we can print it for you and send it using 1st class Royal Mail.
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Curious About... Cambridge

Two walks are included in the booklet, the 2nd starts approx 200 metres from where the first finishes.

1. Colleges and Museums - 1.25 miles / 2 kms

Cambridge is an ancient city with an historic university, and this route provides a flavour of both. From the beginning you will pass museums and a celebrated inn. Passing ancient colleges, steeped in history, you arrive at the riverbank, busy with boats. From here it’s back to the centre, via yet more colleges, ancient churches, quirky shops, and a thriving market place - home to the Guildhall.
Sedgwick Museum The Guildhall   Children's University logoChildren's University event1.25 hoursOK



2. Colleges and River - 1 mile / 1.6 kms

From another ancient college, experience a quieter side of Cambridge as you traverse a delightful park, to discover former almshouses. From here it’s back towards the city centre - more interesting shops, and the magnificence of Sidney Sussex, Trinity and St John’s Colleges. Past a medieval Round Church next, before passing an array of restaurants, to complete your journey at Magdalene bridge, overlooking Cambridge’s busy but beautiful river, the Cam.
Christ's College Magdalene Bridge   Children's University logoChildren's University event1 hourOK

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The Booklet
Cambridge Booklet

Each booklet is A5 size. You can: a) download to your computer & print; b) download to your phone or tablet (different format) & use directly from there; c) order a pre-printed copy which we post to you. Each has a page dedicated to the history of the city; 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions re what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions how to find a clue if you're stuck; a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.


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Downloads

Download files are typically between 3 and 6 mb. You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free). Please see our FAQs page for further information.


Printed Copy

The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A postage & packing charge of £1.49 is made for 1 or 2 booklets within the UK. 3 to 6 booklets it's £1.99, and after that it's £3.99. Outside the UK it's £2.49 for 1 booklet, £2.99 for 2 booklets, £4.99 for 3 to 6 booklets and £7.99 after that.

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If you are enrolled in the Children's University you can now gain hours towards your next award by completing one or more of our many Curious About walks.
Please note, for safety reasons a child should be accompanied by an adult, either parent/carer or person in loco parentis. Also, the booklets may require a degree of interpretation by an adult, as well as support and guidance.
To get your Children's University sticker:
  • Buy the download or booklet (which will contain two walks).
  • Complete one or both walks in your own time.
  • Complete the Returns Form below and send it to us:
    Complete one form for each location (eg Cambridge).
    Let us know one additional interesting fact you discovered along the route for each walk you complete (this provides proof that you did it).
  • We will then send you an email with your sticker, which you can print, cut out and stick in your passport. Hours awarded will equal those shown against each walk.
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What People are Saying!

"Yesterday my sister and I had a brilliant day in Oxford following the Town and Gown walk in your Curious About.. Oxford book. We had a fantastic time, and it gave us an opportunity to look at new things we'd never noticed before in a very familiar city to us. Thank you!"

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