An expert travel guide to Cambridge

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Day one

MORNING

UUnless you are an opponent who might skip a visit to the Colosseum in Rome, you will first be drawn to the crowning glory of the university. The late Gothic towers of Chapel of the King’s College create the iconic image of Cambridge (King’s Parade; 01223 331100). When Henry VI had the chapel built the size of a cathedral, he wanted to keep the decoration simple in order to glorify God. By the time it was completed under Henry VIII, the glorious fan-vaulted ceiling, as delicate as lace, had been built, and the magnificent stained glass windows and rose patterns added as Tudor propaganda. An added attraction is the pair of resident peregrine falcons sometimes spotted on the end caps.

Directly across from King’s Parade, follow an alleyway to two antique bookstores, including G David Bookstore (16 St Edward’s Passage, 01223 354619), a Cambridge institution hidden away on the edge of the bustling Market Square. In recent years, many traditional traders from market place have given way to food stalls. For lunch, choose noodles or falafels or something more exotic like grilled Venezuelan arepas or Nigerian jollof rice, spicy goat cheese and plantain. On weekends you can eat hawker style at picnic tables. If the weather is against you, try the lively Sicilian cafe-bakery Aroma along Peas Hill just off the market square.


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