A weekend in Cambridge: travel guide, attractions and things to do

Everything you need to know for a break in the exquisite university city 

An aerial view of Trinity College in Cambridge
An aerial view of Trinity College in Cambridge
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Why you should visit Cambridge

Boasting “exquisite” architecture, “exuding” history and tradition, and renowned for its “quirky rituals”, Cambridge is a university town “extraordinaire”, said Lonely Planet. With its “tightly packed core of ancient colleges”, the “picturesque” riverside “backs” (college gardens), and many leafy green meadows, this gives the city a “more tranquil appeal” than “The Other Place”, as Oxford is known locally.

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Mike Starling is the former digital features editor at The Week. He started his career in 2001 in Gloucestershire as a sports reporter and sub-editor and has held various roles as a writer and editor at news, travel and B2B publications. He has spoken at a number of sports business conferences and also worked as a consultant creating sports travel content for tourism boards. International experience includes spells living and working in Dubai, UAE; Brisbane, Australia; and Beirut, Lebanon.