Picturesque Attractions in Cambridge

Cambridgeis an incredibly picturesque city, from the River Cam which wends its way through the heart of the city to the surrounding countryside with its rolling fields, grazing cattle and plenty of open spaces to enjoy a picnic surrounded by nature.  In fact, there are many places to enjoy right in the centre of the city, so if you are looking to visit some green and open spaces whilst you are inCambridgethen we have put together some suggestions of where to begin.

 

If you want to take in and appreciate some green space within a stone’s throw of the famous university then The Backs is the ideal place to head.  This attractive area can be found near Queen’s Road and derives its name from the fact that it is the place where several of the university colleges back onto the River Cam.  Within the university itself, it is possible to visit The Fellows Garden atClareCollege; this garden features open expanses of lawn, double-sided herbaceous borders planted in stunning blues and golden hues and a sunken section of garden which leads right down to the banks of the River Cam.  There are a number of other Fellows Gardens you can visit and enjoy as well such as Christ’s’ Fellows.

 

There are also a number of public parks which are maintained by the Council and provide a good option if you want somewhere to escape for a short amount of time or you are visiting Cambridgeas a family and are on the hunt for a decent playground to let the children burn off their energy.  Popular options with families include MiltonCountryParkand Wandlebury Country Park which, although set outside of the heart of the city, are still easily accessible from any of the hotels in Cambridge, England you may have chosen.

 

Within the city there is also Jesus Green and Parker’s Piece; Parker’s Piece is well known for being the place where, in 1848, students from the university agreed a set of simple guidelines for games of football which then went on to influence the rules of the Football Association (otherwise known in the present day at the FA).  Parker’s Piece is also home to Reality Checkpoint, a large cast iron lamppost which is located in the centre of the park and was said to have been put in place to help locals know where they were when the mists descended in the city.

 

Another worthwhile attraction which is located withinCambridgeis the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens.  The gardens cover 40 acres and feature plants and trees from all over the world in landscaped areas and glasshouses.  There are a number of different trails and tours you can take around the gardens, and plenty of special seasonal events which take place here as well.  No matter what season you visit, there is always something to see at the Botanic Garden and it is definitely worth considering if you are looking for a picturesque attraction in the city.

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