So I’ve been to the university town of Oxford, but never to Cambridge, and I thought it only fair and right to remedy that with a quick day trip from London.
Cambridge is easily accessible from London, with direct trains leaving fairly frequently from Kings Cross. I rarely visit Kings Cross station, so I took this opportunity to grab a quick snap of Platform 9 3/4. The queues for this platform were very long, so I’m going to have to return if I want a convincing picture of me as a wizard heading off to school!
As it was also about a month before the UK’s poppy appeal, there was the additional highlight of a massive poppy on display below the gorgeous roof structure of the station.
Just over an hour later, we’d left London behind and had arrived in Cambridge. We didn’t come by Hogwarts Express, but many of the university buildings we explored could well have been Hogwarts! Walking from the train station to the town centre took us about 20 minutes, through small streets lined with old brick buildings.
We were famished by the time we reached the Corpus Christi College and King’s College and retreated off the main road into the Eagle pub. It was probably one of the more tourist-frequented pubs, being so near to the King’s College Chapel, but the classic, wood panelled interior was just what we were looking for, so this is where we decided to park ourselves for lunch.
Just across the road is St. Catharine’s College, located next to the famous King’s College. My guests were not particularly keen on paying for entry to the chapel, so we chose to have a little wander round the back streets instead, to have a wee look at it from another angle.
Located next to the King’s College Chapel is Clare College, which we managed to stroll through. How on earth a university campus remains so pristine and manicured is beyond me.
We were soon walking, on our way towards the River Cam. Not keen on paying the extortionate punting prices, we did the next best thing – watching the punters from above. I have to say that the reality isn’t quite as romantic as I’ve always made it out to be. The river is rammed with boats to the point of clogging the river at certain points!
Continuing our walk, we find ourselves on The Avenue, heading towards Trinity College. Trinity College have some of the best kept lawns I have ever seen, accessorised with real life birds!
With the River Cam flowing by the front of the entrance to Trinity College, this must surely be the most picturesque college in Cambridge.
The sun was fast setting at this point, so we decided to make our way back towards the main town centre. Passing by many student bicycles along the way, we just about make it to Market Square before the stalls started packing up for the day.
Having been on our feet for a good few hours by this point, we decide to start bringing the day to a close by settling down in the warm Fitzbillies bakery, where the famous chelsea buns had to be sampled along with a cup of tea.
All in all, a great day trip from London to Cambridge! Have you ever been to Cambridge? What did you enjoy the most?