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Kings College, Cambridge

Cambridge Guide

The City of Cambridge, so named for its position on the River Cam, is famous for its historic University which is one of the oldest in Britain.

With its reputation for sciences the Univeristy has many links with the hi-tech industries that have grown up in and around Cambridge leading to this part of the UK becoming known as Silicon Fen.

There are a number of tourist attractions that draw visitors to the city such as the college buildings, Kings College Chapel, Sedgwick Museum, Botanic Gardens, Fitzwilliam Museum and a range of art galleries including Kettle's Yard. A popular way to see the "Backs" of the colleges that line the Cam is to hire a flat bottomed punt and pass an idle hour messing about on the river. Book a Cambridge Hotel.

Kings College

Kings College is one of the oldest and most splendid of the Cambridge Colleges. Kings was founded by Henry VI in 1441 and is one of the most popular colleges with visitors to Cambridge. Its magnificent chapel has the highest vaulted roof in Britain and was completed in 1547, over a hundred years after building work started. Website: www.kings.cam.ac.uk.

Kettle's Yard

Kettle's Yard was founded by Jim Ede, a former curator of the Tate Gallery, almost 50 years ago. He described the house as a place where visitors would "find home and a welcome, a refuge of peace and order, of the visual arts and of music". There is a permanent collection in addition to regularly changing exhibitions. Visitors can see works of art by Barbara Hapworth, Constantin Brancusi, Christopher Wood, Alred Wallis and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. Website: www.kettlesyard.co.uk.

Sedgwick Museum

The oldest museum in the city, the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences was built as a memorial to Adam Sedgwick and opened in 1904. The collection consists of over 1.5 million fossil artefacts and includes Jurassic marine reptiles, Cambridgeshire dinosaurs and a 125,000 year old hippopotamus from the Barrington gravel pit. There is also a mineral gallery that contains 40000 minerals and gemstones from around the world. Website: www.sedgwickmuseum.org.

History of Cambridge

The area around Cambridge has shown evidence of human settlement since the bronze age but it was during the Roman period that the first major developments were seen at Castle Hill... read more.


 
 
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