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Cambridge is a historic city in England in, that is famous for being home to University of Cambridge, one of the leading academic institutions not only in the the UK, but in the entire world. As of the 2001 census, Cambridge had a population of 108,863 people, including 22,153 students.

Visitors to Cambridge can see the many historic colleges, walk along the river Cam, or take a punt (flat-bottomed bottom pushed along with a pole) on the "backs" (the area behind the colleges). There are also several fairs held annually in Cambridge, including the Cambridge Beer Festival (in May), the Midsummer Fair, the Strawberry Fair (first Saturday in June), the Cambridge Film Festival (in July), and the Cambridge Folk Festival.


Key Facts about Cambridge

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Here are some facts about Cambridge:
  1. Cambridge is a city in the East Anglia region of England.

  2. Cambridge is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the North of London.

  3. Cambridge is located on, and its gets name from, the River Cam.

  4. Cambridge is best-known internationally, and in the UK, for being the home of the University of Cambridge, which is one of the top universities in the world.

  5. Cambridge is also known for its high technology, computer, and software industries (many of which were founded by people associated with the university). As a result, the area is sometimes nicknamed "silicon fen".

  6. Parker's Piece, a 25 acre (100,000 m2) green space near the center of Cambridge, is widely regarded as the birthplace of assocation football (soccer), as it was here that the Cambridge Rules of 1848 were first used. The Cambridge Rules subsequently became the basis of the modern rules of soccer, when these were drawn up by the football association in 1863.

  7. Cambridge can be accessed by road using the M11 motorway, and the A14.

  8. Nonstop trains run regularly from Cambridge to London Kings Cross, and have a journey time of less than one hour.

  9. London Stansted Airport is within easy reach of Cambridge. It can be reached by train (from Cambridge or London), or by road, as it is located just off the M11 motorway between London and Cambridge.

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Rick Steves Great Britain

By Rick Steves

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Released: 2018-05-08
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Explore the misty isle of Great Britain, from lively London to the lush fields of Wales and the craggy beauty of the Scottish Highlands. With Rick Steves on your side, Great Britain can be yours!

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Travel and Drama in Early Modern England: The Journeying Play

Cambridge University Press
Released: 2018-11-29
Hardcover (284 pages)

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This agenda-setting volume on travel and drama in early modern England provides new insights into Renaissance stage practice, performance history, and theatre's transnational exchanges. It advances our understanding of theatre history, drama's generic conventions, and what constitutes plays about travel at a time when the professional theatre was rapidly developing and England was attempting to announce its presence within a global economy. Recent critical studies have shown that the reach of early modern travel was global in scope, and its cultural consequences more important than narratives that are dominated by the Atlantic world suggest. This collection of essays by world-leading scholars redefines the field by expanding the canon of recognized plays concerned with travel. Re-assessing the parameters of the genre, the chapters offer fresh perspectives on how these plays communicated with their audiences and readers.


By John Keeble

On Edge Publishing, Cambridge, England
Released: 2018-10-24
Kindle Edition (435 pages)

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Tennyson Rumble spends his life swimming in the more obscure areas of science, hang-gliding over the wilds of Great Britain, and making love with Madeleine. Then his lifelong rivalry with his half-brother Paul changes everything. He is drawn into the big money echelons and a deadly conspiracy. A new love is kidnapped in Indonesia and he sets off to rescue her. On the way he meets Louise and her friends. Who is friend, who is foe, who is telling the truth, who will die? The rescue turns into a desperate chase across Southeast Asia and, finally, a last moment of conflict in the white hell of an English winter. To survive, Tenny must confront his past and the bitter truths surrounding his relationship with Paul.

Fodor's Essential Great Britain: with the Best of England, Scotland & Wales (Full-color Travel Guide)

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Released: 2014-10-21
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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

People travel to Great Britain for the hipness of London, the cozy thatched-roof villages of the Cotswolds, or the wild moors and lochs of Scotland, but all want the most worthwhile destinations and savvy travel tips at a glance. The full-color Fodor's Essential Great Britain provides this with a selective collection of the best of England, Scotland, and Wales.

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· Coverage of London; The Southeast; The South; The West Country; Oxford and the Thames Valley; Bath, The Cotswolds, and Stratford-upon-Avon; Manchester, Liverpool, and the Peak District; The Lake District; Cambridge and East Anglia; Yorkshire and the Northeast; Wales; Edinburgh; Glasgow; The Borders and the Southwest; The Central Highlands, Fife, and Angus; Aberdeen and the Northeast; Argyll and the Isles; The Great Glen, Skye, and the Northern Highlands

Planning to focus your trip? Check out Fodor's travel guides to London, England, and Scotland.


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