The city is surrounded on all sides by heritage villages, towns and ancient monuments (such as Ely and Peterborough), all within easy travelling distance.
The city itself is quite compact with many of the main attractions in easy walking distance. Cambridge is an ideal base for exploring some of the gentlest (read flattest; good for leisurely walks, poor for hills with viewpoints) and most unspoilt countryside in England.
Botanic Garden of Cambridge University (map). A relaxing way to spend a few hours, away from the hustle and bustle of the colleges and canals. Open to the public since 1846 this garden hosts some important botanic collections amongst its 10,000 or more species.
The Fitzwilliam Museum (map) is the art and antiquities museum of the University of Cambridge and is on Trumpington Street. The museum has five departments: Antiquities; Applied Arts; Coins and Medals; Manuscripts and Printed Books; and Paintings, Drawings and Prints.
The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences (map). One of the university’s many hidden treasures, and actually its oldest museum, the Sedgwick is packed full of fossils with more than 1 million in its collection.
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (map). The museum contains large and important collections of archaeological and anthropological material from all parts of the world.
The Round Church (map). Dating back to 1130, this is one of only four medieval round churches in England, and one of the most visited buildings in Cambridge. Besides the remarkable architecture, the building contains historical exhibitions and hosts occasional concerts and lectures.