Cambridgeshire is perhaps best known for the University of Cambridge which was founded in 1209; as a result of the university it has become home to modern high-technology ‘Silicon Fen’. However, Cambridge has a lot more to offer both historically and culturally.
Cambridge is heaped in history with settlement areas since prehistoric times which are situated mainly around the Fitzwilliam College and on Castle Hill. The City also has a Roman historical fort and a medieval settlement on Castle Hill.
Cambridge is a beautiful city with the River Cam flowing through the city from the village of Grantchester, to the southwest. It is bordered by water meadows such as Sheep’s Green as well as residential development. The city centre of Cambridge is mostly commercial but with beautiful historic buildings, and large green areas such as Jesus Green, Parker’s Piece and Midsummer Common.
Cambridgeshire has good transport links. The railway station is located slightly outside the city centre and has direct rail links to London with termini at London King’s Cross, Liverpool Street and St Pancras. As a university town lying on fairly flat ground, Cambridge has the highest level of cycle use in the UK and cycle pathways are common across Cambridgeshire. There are several bus services in Cambridgeshire including routes linking five park and ride sites all of which operate seven days a week. There is also the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway that provides transport into the centre of Cambridge.