Cambridge is best known as an English university town, but really, there's more to it than that. For one thing, the city's history can be traced back well before the Roman Empire.
The beautiful architecture of many of the colleges draws visitors from far afield, and most of the buildings are open for visitors to walk around. The college buildings are a fascinating architectural mix, with many different styles, and sights not to be missed include the Bridge of Sighs and the Pepys Library. Magdalene owns a selection of half-timbered buildings, while parts of Corpus Christi date from the 1350s. As befits such a centre of learning, museums and galleries are found here in abundance, ranging from the Fitzwilliam Museum, the main University collection with many fine masterpieces of art, to the Folk Museum, with its portrayal of life in rural Cambridgeshire. Surrounding the colleges and churches are several ornamental gardens hosting various displays of colourful plants and flowers. Book-loving visitors will find Cambridge is a veritable paradise for them with a multitude of shops to peruse. For the more energetic tourist, punting and rowing await; punts can be hired on the River Cam, and what more romantic way to spend an afternoon than partaking of champagne and strawberries while gliding along the river?
For another, it plays host to a delightful culture that revolves around theater, sports, and festivals. It has also played its role in some of the most famous English literary works.
Cambridge's largest theater, the Arts Theatre, plays host to various touring and amateur shows throughout the year. Cambridge also has the distinction of being instrumental in the start of modern football after members of its university drew up the first set of rules in 1848, which explains the locals' deep affection of the game. The numerous fairs and festivals it holds every year is not only legendary throughout Europe, but in much of the world. Most notable of which is the Midsummer Fair, the oldest fair in the UK. Indeed, Cambridge isn't just about academic study; it's a study in entertainment and fun!