This impressive memorial, which is situated in the Cambridge countryside between the beautiful villages of Madingley and Coton, is designed to commemorate the US servicemen who gave their lives in the Second World War. Its design is very similar to the US military cemetery at Arlington in Washington DC, and the experience of a visit is just as sobering. Simple white markers are planted in endless rows, one for each of the known dead. A long reflecting pool leads the visitor’s eye to the chapel, which is split into the chapel proper and a museum space. A huge map on one wall charts every air mission flown, and every convoy sailed. Don’t forget to look up – the mosaic is deeply affecting.
There’s nothing quite like taking a punt along the backs – literally the back ends of the colleges, where clusters of Britain’s brightest young things while away sunny afternoons – followed by a leisurely glass of something in one of Cambridge’s many olde worlde pubs. Or visiting the magisterial King’s College at Christmas to hear the world-famous choir. Whenever you go, Cambridge has something special waiting for you.
Great places to visit in Cambridge!
It’s also a year-round tourist attraction, bringing hordes of camera-clutching families from all over the world. With some of Britain’s oldest and most impressive college buildings open for visiting, plus a whole host of outdoor events taking place through the summer, it’s easy to see why.
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
Cambridge Science Centre
What’s the point of having a world-renowned centre for scientific research and discovery if you don’t show it off? That’s the reasoning behind the wildly engaging Cambridge Science Centre, which showcases the best of modern discovery for all and sundry. Involving exhibitions are backed up with talks, workshops, and even dramatic performances – all aimed at expressing the sheer breathless excitement of scientific investigation. At 18 Jesus Lane, the Cambridge Science Centre is right in the middle of the action. In addition to its regular public programme, the Centre also runs educational workshops for schools.
The University isn’t just a collection of impressive buildings: its colleges house some of the most interesting treasures in the UK. Visit King’s (mentioned above) for a taste of the University at its best. Head to Queen’s College to see the legendary Mathematical Bridge – which urban legend says was built by Isaac Newton without a single nut or bolt. Actually, it was constructed nearly a quarter century after Newton was laid to rest. Trinity College has plenty of wow factor, thanks to its architect: Christopher Wren, who rebuilt London after the Great Fire. Visit his Library and marvel over the manuscripts.