A day in Cambridge

A day in Cambridge

Cambridge is a beautiful city famous for not only the historical Cambridge University but its museums and winding river. I’ve visited the city on a few occasions for educational purposes but hadn’t had a chance to truly explore at my own pace. To soak up the feeling of the city, watch the punters float by and appreciate its historical beauty.

Cambridge Punters River Cam

Living in London makes a day trip all too achievable, with a return Sunday ticket coming in at £11.40 with the help of my 16-25 Railcard. The journey takes just under an hour if you pick a fast train and before you know it the built-up view of London is replaced by open fields and vast green space.

Cambridge train station is about a 15-minute walk to the city centre, with the University Botanical Gardens making a good pit-stop along the way. If the walk doesn’t sound too appealing there are plenty of buses and it isn’t too difficult to find an available taxi.

The first stop on my agenda was brunch. Meeting my cousin Ben and his wife Charlotte in Cote Brasserie we filled our boots with their fantastic breakfast deal, any hot breakfast + either an apple or orange juice and a hot drink of your choice for £10.50. With the English Breakfast coming in at £8.50 the deal seemed like a no-brainer. Cote were fantastic with my food-allergies replacing unsuitable items like the veggie sausage with an extra portion of avocado and mushrooms.

Cote Brasserie Cambridge Gluten Free

With a hearty breakfast in our bellies, we briefly considered going punting before deciding to take a tour of the beautiful University Colleges. Having both completed their Masters at Cambridge Universty Ben and Charlotte gave me the insiders tour, their cards gaining us free entry to all that Cambridge University had to offer.

The grounds are absolutely stunning, the gardens immaculate. Tread on the grass at your own peril. The cold, crisp January day shone a beautiful golden light on the warm stone walls and left me feeling a sense of awe with every college we entered.

Cambridge Uni

In Saint John’s College, we stopped to appreciate the beauty of The Bridge of Sighs, whose name is rumoured to come from the sighs of pre-exams students who had to cross it. Built in 1831 the bridge has helped many a student cross the River Cam and would not look amiss somewhere in Hogwarts.

Bridge of Sighs Cambridge

The Kings College Chapel was everything it was said to be and more. The gleaming sunlight illuminating its vast decorated windows, the organ towering proudly above us. Walking down the central aisle I could almost hear the voices of the choir and feel the harmony of their voices. The candles that had illuminated their sheet music stood dormant, ready to be changed and the red-velvet ropes cornered off their pews.

Kings College Chapel

Kings College Chapel Vaulted Ceiling

Kings College Chapel Stained Glass Window

Walking back out into the sunlight we went in search of tea and cake. Deciding on a quirky cafe that served both vegan and gluten-free cake and conveniently situated across from the Kings College gates. Drinking a smoky Lapsang Souchong tea to re-warm my bones and tucking into a ‘miracle cake’ made from dates, chestnuts and walnuts, free-from gluten, refined sugar and fat! It truly was a miracle because despite being free-from nearly every ingredient in a conventional cake it tasted beautifully rich and creamy.

The Rainbow Cafe Cambridge Miracle Cake Gluten Free Vegan (1)

By now we were well into the afternoon, and I decided to accompany Ben and Charlotte back to their place in Ely for a whistle-stop tour and dinner

Ely is a beautiful city with a disproportionately large Cathedral. Ben and I walked the whistle-stop tour in just under 20 minutes, spurred on by the cold and the promise of a Thai curry when we got back in. Full of charm and beauty Ely is definitely somewhere I would like to see more of, with the house of Oliver Cromwell and a winding river, I could see myself spending a sunny summers day here, ending the day in one of the pubs or bars on the river bank.

As the sun went down and the day drew to an end I gave Ben and Charlotte a farewell hug before boarded the train at Ely Station. In no time at all the train pulled into Kings Cross Station and before I knew it I was back in my little North London Flat.

Until next time Cambridge.

 


 

 

 

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13 Comments

  1. February 5, 2018 / 11:55 am

    Cambridge is such a wonderful city!! Great post! 🙂

    • Sophia
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      February 5, 2018 / 9:59 pm

      Thank you Megan!

  2. February 8, 2018 / 5:34 pm

    Cambridge is a stunning city! One of my closest friends lives there so I travel to visit him a lot and I’m struck by its beauty every single time! I haven’t been to St. John’s college yet though, I’ll have to add that to my list!

    Abbey x

    • Sophia
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      February 8, 2018 / 6:16 pm

      Definitly do it’s so beautiful xx

  3. February 8, 2018 / 6:14 pm

    Looks like you had a great time in Cambridge – it looks so pretty in the pictures! I’ve never been there before, but definitely looks like somewhere I should go someday and have a look around!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

    • Sophia
      Author
      February 8, 2018 / 6:15 pm

      It’s truly stunning you’d love it!

    • Sophia
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      February 9, 2018 / 8:35 am

      The architecture is a dream, as are the winding old streets and the overall feel of the place. xx I hope you get to visit one day x

  4. February 8, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    Wow, Cambridge is impressive, and how lucky were you with the weather? The ceiling of Kings College is exactly like the ceiling in Bath Abbey – I haven’t seen that kind of fan vaulting anywhere else before so that was a lovely surprise in your post. I’m glad you had a good time and thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photos! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • Sophia
      Author
      February 9, 2018 / 8:34 am

      The weather was amazing! We had rain both sides so it really was a gem. I’ve never been the Bath Abbey, that will have to be next on my list. xx

  5. February 8, 2018 / 10:37 pm

    I feel like all places I’ve been to for education purposes I always want to revisit with a new perspective without the purpose of visiting a museum being for an assignment that needs to be done. Cambridge looks amazing – especially the architecture of each building! I think every university should have a Bridge of Sighs – that’s such a funny name for a bridge considering the rumor that comes along with it hahaha. The architecture in the Kings College Chapel looks amazing- especially the ceiling, there’s so much detail! I’d love to see this in person, definitely if I ever find myself in Cambridge, these are the first places I’ll be exploring!

    -Sahara
    http://saharas-dreams.blogspot.com

    • Sophia
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      February 9, 2018 / 8:34 am

      A Bridge of Sighs should definitely be in every university haha! Glad you like the post and hope you can visit one-day xx

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