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The City
Cambridge is famous for its historic university - yet it is far older than its university, with the first major development begun after the Roman invasion of Britain around AD 40.
In 1209 students escaping from hostile townspeople in Oxford fled to Cambridge and formed a university there. The oldest college which still exists, Peterhouse, was founded in 1284. Oliver Cromwell was educated at Sidney Sussex, and his head is buried in their grounds - but they won't say where!


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Curious AboutCambridge is most famous for its celebrated university, which is the second oldest university in the English-speaking world. Its various colleges are dotted around the centre of the city and beyond, rich in architectural elegance. In the centre is an all-week market surrounded by shops which disappear down narrow lanes. There are magnificent museums, art galleries, theatres and restaurants. There are parks to stroll in, and punts to ply on the River Cam. An astounding city!
Take our fabulous walks of discovery, and have fun finding answers to clues which tell you more, whilst reading our stories about the most interesting facts.

First Walk
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Colleges & Museums

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
(1.25 miles / 2 kms)
Second Walk
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Colleges & River

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
(1 mile / 1.6 kms)

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