Cambridge for Business
Cambridge has recently been cited as being at the heart of Britain’s economic recovery in The Independent, which focuses on the city’s unique relationship between business and academia.
From Cambridge Science Park – the UK’s oldest and most prestigious science park with over 100 companies on site – to Cambridge Business Park, home to Autonomy, BBC and many others, the city and its surrounding areas are renowned for the wealth of opportunities available.
Signet Apartments is proud to count many of Cambridge’s most prestigious businesses as clients – call 01223 709 409 now to ask about our corporate discount scheme, and why our luxury serviced apartments are the smart choice for Cambridge business travellers.
Cambridge for Leisure
Cambridge is one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the UK. Today, over 214 centuries of history combine with a thriving city which offers much to see and do, from the magnificent Fitzwilliam Museum and punting down the river Cam, to relaxing in centuries old pubs and touring the stunning colleges. Or try visiting some of the tiny theatres or shopping in the Grand Arcade – Cambridge is full of reasons to return again and again!
Cambridge was founded in the first century BC by an Iron Age tribe who built a bridge to cross the river Cam. Over the centuries it grew as a significant crossing point but it was not until 1231 that Cambridge became recognised as a great seat of scholarship by a ‘Writ of Learning’ issued by Henry III.
Ever since, Cambridge has become a meeting point for some of the world’s most important and influential minds such as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Tennyson, Wordsworth and even royalty – Prince Charles studied at Trinity College.
This world-class museum houses a vast range of collections, from Egyptian treasures to modern Art Glass and everything in between. Enjoy regular one-off exhibitions and a constant flow of exceptional art and culture to pique your interest and like all the university museums – it’s free!
Top tip: the museum is deceptively big so whether you have an hour or a day, plan carefully to ensure you don’t miss the parts that you want to see.
Punting on the River Cam
No visit to Cambridge is complete without experiencing the pleasures of punting down the River Cam. Whether you choose to punt yourself or hire a chauffeur, punting on The Cam is the best way to spend a lazy afternoon and see the beautiful universities from the waterways. Scudamore’s has the largest selection of punts and has been established for over 150 years.
Top tip: the chauffeur punt is worth taking for an insider’s guide to Cambridge history.
Tour on foot of Cambridge
Be inspired by the grand and ancient architecture of Cambridge and learn the history of this world-famous city. A tour can easily fit in with a busy schedule as guides offer 1, 1.5 and 2-hour tours that can be tailored to your particular interests.
Top tip: don’t forget the inside of the universities – they are just as spectacular as the outside.
Ely Cathedral, with its unique 14th century octagonal lantern tower, is counted among the marvels of the medieval world.
Much of the cathedral is over 900 years old and it offers a rich architectural history, including the sumptuous 13th Century Quire and beautiful 14th Lady Chapel.
Completed in 1349, the Lady Chapel is the largest of its kind in the UK. Visitors are always struck not only by its size but the extraordinary sense of light and vastness of this magnificent space.
Open bus tour
These classic red Double Decker buses (with an open top) will take you on a ‘hop on – hop off’ twenty-stop tour around the beautiful sights of Cambridge complete with commentary on all tour highlights. Prices are £14 for adults and £7.50 for children, and you can use your ticket for the whole day.
Top tip: Do check the weather report before you leave and before you decide to sit on the top deck
Duxford Air Museum
Duxford has an awe-inspiring collection of over two hundred aircraft as well as tanks and boats all within the best preserved Second World War airfield in Europe. The site is enormous and comfortable shoes are essential if you plan to spend the day there and experience the full collection.
Top tip: The hangars are not heated so do take warm clothes in winter.