Location: Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK
Date: 10-12 September 2009


Cambridge is a famous University town with a rich historical background. While it is one of Britain's smaller cities, it is also one of the fastest growing. Only a hundred years ago, its population was just 36,000, and its main sources of employment were agriculture and the world famous Cambridge University. Today, the University is still a major employer but so is the hi-tech industry, which has risen Cambridge's reputation to rival that of Silicon Valley in the US.

Cambridge's position at the heart of East Anglia has also prompted many to dub it the regional capital. But despite its ultra modern image, the city has retained the picturesque charm that has delighted visitors from all over the world. Its narrow streets and historic colleges are famed everywhere, as are its legions of cycling students, and there can be few people who have not seen pictures of punts gliding down the willow lined River Cam.

Cambridge provides many interesting, cultural and historical, beautiful and fun pursuits, events and things to see. There are 31 colleges that make up the University of Cambridge and are highly popular tourist attractions open to the public at certain times of the year for a small fee. Kings College Chapel and Peterhouse, the oldest and smallest college founded in 1284, are particularly worth visiting.


There are plenty of museums, including The Fitzwilliam Museum on Trumpington St, which is the largest Cambridge museum with the most variety of exhibits (including paintings, glass, porcelain and ancient antiquities). The building itself is also magnificent. The Imperial War Museum Duxford in Duxford Airfield is Europe’s premier aviation museum including tanks, military vehicles as well as planes. The Cambridge University Botanic Garden at Cory Lodge, Bateman St, is a fabulous 40 acre site including lakes, glasshouses, rock gardens, mature trees and exotic species. The Whipple Museum History of Science on Free School Lane exhibits scientific instruments and models including an outstanding collection are microscopes and telescopes.


There are also numerous art galleries at Kettles Yard, at the All Saints' Garden Art and Craft Fair and various galleries notably along Kings Parade and Trinity Street.

Cambridge has five theatres, including the Cambridge Arts Theatre for major theatre productions and national tours, and The Junction, a famous venue for comedy, rock and pop events. There are plenty of sports and recreation facilities, swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, rowing clubs, and fitness centres. Visitors can also find plenty of parks and open spaces and children's play areas throughout the city.

Between three and four million visitors come to enjoy the city's delights every year.
    - Cambridge Tourist Information.

For more information visit: www.justuk.org/uk/cambridge