More information about Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. Location map

I went to Cambridge in early August on a day trip by car. For information about parking see the parking page. The Tourist Information Centre does provide a telephone number but it is the only place that I have visited that is mean enough to use a premium rate line which is charged at 60p per minute (2004). You can also contact them by email at tourism@cambridge.gov.uk or by post:

Tourist Information Centre
The Old Library
Wheeler Street
Cambridge
CB2 3QB

They provide two particularly useful free leaflets; one of which is about the Park and Ride service and the other is a street plan of Cambridge. The Information Centre will post these, and any other free leaflets, both to residents of the U.K. and to overseas addresses.

This BBC webcam shows a high level view over the city from the University Library Tower.

I liked Cambridge very much. It didn't strike me as particularly crowded at all even in August although there were obviously many overseas visitors. Traffic seemed to be relatively light which made it a pleasant place to walk round. There is a lot to see and if you are visiting for only a day you certainly won't be able to see everything.

You could go for a punt tour, or 'drive' yourself, on the River Cam. One thing that I found a little irritating were the people touting for business for the punt tours on the river. They were not persistent but being asked if I wanted a punt trip by 3 or 4 different people within a hundred yards starts to become a nuisance. However it is a relatively minor gripe.

As for sightseeing, well, the University IS Cambridge and the Medieval and Tudor college buildings have to be seen to be believed. Some of them look like palaces in minature and King's College Chapel is more like a small cathedral. Having said that it doesn't mean that there is nothing else of interest.

Definitely worth a visit!

There are walking, open-top bus and punt tours by Mushroom Guides


Useful maps

Cambridge bus routes map for Cambridge & Cambridgeshire (PDF format only).


Wheelchairs in Cambridge

On our last trip here we also had two companions who relied on wheelchairs to get around and discovered that Cambridge is not a particularly wheelchair-friendly place.

Some of the pavements use heavily textured paving slabs which look very nice but cause vibration when a wheelchair is pushed over them. There are also numerous patches of decorative cobbles which, although they look attractive, can cause real problems with very small wheels to the point that the wheelchair becomes stuck.

Some of the other footpaths, across the Backs for example, have paving slabs which are rather uneven and other paths are unsurfaced with some loose gravel.

Pushing a wheelchair around Cambridge is not impossible but it certainly isn't easy.