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Cambridge & Greenwich

  • Destination: UK - England
  • Duration: 1 day

This university town in East Anglia, about 50 miles from London, is widely known as home of the University of Cambridge which was founded in 1209. Cambridge offers visitors many places of interest such as King’s College and Chapel, Great St. Mary’s Church, St. Bene’t’s Church. Whilst your there, you can go punting on a traditional form of boating used in Cambridge.

Greenwich, located in South East London, is well-known for being the birthplace of the House of Tudor, including Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Today, you can visit the National Maritime Museum, The Royal Observatory and much more. These two places are perfect if you are looking to take your school group someplace close and rich in English history.

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Example itinerary

Day 1

Morning: Depart from school and travel to Greenwich. Arrival in Greenwich and start of walking tour. See the National Maritime Museum, The Royal Observatory and more. Departure from Greenwich at approx. 11 a.m.

Afternoon: Arrive in Cambridge and start of walking tour. See the Backs, King’s College, Great St. Mary’s Church and more with free-time afterwards.

Evening: Departure from Cambridge in the early evening and travel back to school. End of Tour.

Sights & places of interest in Cambridge & Greenwich

Kings College- Cambridge
Cambridge & GreenwichKing’s College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge and is one of the finest examples of late Gothic English architecture. It was built in the 15th century with one side facing the River Cam and King’s Parade.

Trinity College- Cambridge
Cambridge & GreenwichTrinity College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge. Originally founded by Henry VIII in 1546 by combining two smaller colleges and several hostels to form Trinity.

The Backs/Queens College- Cambridge
Cambridge & GreenwichThis lovely area east of Queens Road next to the River Cam was orginally used to grow livestock for the colleges to use. Queens College was founded by the queen of Henry VI who founded nearby Kings College. It has been the centre for distinguished learners for centuries.

Fitzwilliam Museum- Cambridge
Cambridge & GreenwichThis museum holds art and antiquities from the University of Cambridge in central Cambridge. Entrance to the museum is free. The museum has an extensive collection of paintings and in particular from Turner.

Punting- Cambridge
Cambridge & GreenwichPunting is a popular way to see Cambridge along the River Cam. It is done on flat bottomed boats called a punt and are offered at several areas in Cambridge.

National Maritime Museum- Greenwich
Cambridge & GreenwichThis is the leading maritime museum in the UK and may be the largest of its kind anywhere in the world. It celebrates Britain’s rich maritime history with an extensive collection of painting, pictures, artifacts, and more.

Royal Observatory- Greenwich
Cambridge & GreenwichThis structure has played a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation. It is perhaps best known for its location as it is situated on the prime meridian. Visitors are sure to find many things which will interest and surprise them about time and space.

Cutty Sark- Greenwich
Cambridge & GreenwichThis iconic British clipper ship was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest ships before the steam power became commonly used to propel ships. After extensive damage due to fire several years ago, the ship has been rebuilt and now can be admired by visitors.

Events and Festivals in Cambridge

Cambridge Science Festival- This festival has over 200 different events exploring all areas of science with demonstrations, experiments and talks from leading scientists from Cambridge and abroad.
Cambridge Beer Festival (Late May)- This annual festival held at Cambridge City Football Ground lasts one week and celebrates beer. Many local breweries are present at this festival and give out samples of their real ales, ciders, and beer. It’s not only about drinks at this festival too, you can expect a great variety of cheeses and food.
London to Cambridge Bike Ride- This annual event is starts at Pickett’s Lock in London and ends in the centre of Cambridge and covers a distance of approximately 60 miles. The event raises money for charity with the 2014 bike ride donating the proceeds to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Cambridge Folk Festival- This musical festival is one of Europe’s largest festivals celebrating Folk Music. It has become a regular event and attracts large crowds of up to 10,000 people yearly.
Chariots of Fire Charity Run- This is the region’s longest fundraising event and raises money for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. The run involves several teams of runners running 1.7 miles in a relay which starts at Queens’ Green and covers most of the city centre, Trinity College, Clare College, King’s College and the River Cam.
Cambridge Festival of Ideas- This festival takes place in October and sometimes runs into November. The festival celebrates the arts, humanities, and social sciences through talks, lectures, and interactive activities for all ages.
Cambridge Bonfire Night- This annual event takes place every November 5 to commemorate the Gunpowder Plot by having large bonfires throughout the city.
Cambridge Christmas Markets- Each year Cambridge becomes a festive wonderland with many Christmas markets popping-up offering a large variety of Christmas goodies and treats. You can expect to find unique art work, handmade Christmas cards, and anything else that tickles your fancy.

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