Old Picturesque Villages Near London – Day 3: History of Cambridge

This day you will spend exploring the culture and history of the city by visiting museums. Also you will visit the bridge of sighs whose name was as a tribute to his brother in Venice.
Old Picturesque Villages Near London

Trip duration: 8 days

Anastasia Omelchuk

St. Mary and All Saints' Church


It was built in the 1860s to the plans of the famous 19th-century architect G.F. Bodley, and is a triumph of Victorian art and design. The interior is richly decorated - almost every surface painted, stencilled or gilded; flowers run riot over the walls. Light gleams through stained-glass windows designed by leading Arts and Crafts artists, including William Morris and Ford Madox Brown. Only a couple of minutes from a soleless Sidney Street and you can step back in time and be surrounded by a Tractarian vision of a medieval church. The beauty here is in the small detail. Don't forget to look up as you leave - there are two William Morris angels in the west window. The building is maintained by The Churches Conservation Trust and is open daily for visitors.

Bridge of Sighs


Covered bridge of incredible architectural beauty. He crosses the river Cam connecting the Third and the New Courtyard of St. John’s College. The name of the bridge was in honor of his "brother" located in Venice. True the "sighs" here are completely different. According to legend, the bridge was named so because of sighing students going to the exam. The Bridge of Sighs was built by architect Henry Hutchinson in 1831. Intricate architecture and interesting legend turned it into one of the most romantic attractions of Cambridge, which was repeatedly confirmed by Queen Victoria calling it a favorite place in the city.

Fitzwilliam Museum

History Museums

The Fitzwillam Museum is a museum of art and history at the University of Cambridge. This is, first of all, the university museum, therefore all the exhibits placed in the museum are somehow connected with the students of the University of Cambridge. The museum has several departments, and the most important of which are the Archaeological and Artistic. Here are collected exhibits of student archaeological expeditions, as well as paintings by artists who later acquired the name and fame. The museum exposition is divided by the year the work was created and by country of origin. Inside the museum there is a magnificent balcony, which can be reached via a spiral staircase. On the balcony is also an exhibition of paintings. The museum presents works by Rubens, Renoir, Picasso, Claude Monet and many other prominent artists.

@72 China

Chinese Restaurants

Go to 72. China and discover Chinese cuisine. Have a wonderful time here and order deliciously cooked pork in sweet and sour sauce, fish and chicken. Guests write that this place is a good tea.

Whipple Museum of the History of Science

Science Museums

The Whipple Museum contains an extensive collection of scientific instruments: apparatuses, models, drawings, photographs, books related to the history of science. It was founded in 1944, when Robert Whipple presented his collection to a wide audience. The museum plays an important role in the teaching and research process of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. The museum is one of eight museums in a consortium of University Museums.

Trinity College Fellows' Gardens


This college has more members than at any other college in Cambridge or Oxford, if you count students and teachers together but by the number of students it is slightly less than Homerton College of the same university. Also the college has a very solid reputation, many members of the British royal family were its graduates.

Cambridge Chop House

English Restaurants, Gastropubs

Cambridge Chop House serves British cuisine. Here you should definitely order a delicious lamb steak, haggis and venison. This place is famous for its good toffee pudding, ice cream and crumble. Try a great homemade wine, ale or draft beer.