Prospect Research is based in the vibrant and historic university city of Cambridge. We welcome visitors to our offices, so after you’ve seen us, why don’t you take a couple of hours to explore the city. Better still, see us on a Friday or a Monday, so you can link the trip with a weekend stay in the city.
Here are our top 10 recommendations for visitors to Cambridge
1. University of Cambridge Colleges
Exploring the historic college buildings and grounds of University of Cambridge must be at the top of a visit to Cambridge. Many of the colleges are interwoven into the fabric of Cambridge centre, so even walking around the centre is a great experience. You can cross the River Cam and take in the sights of the College ‘Backs’, including the iconic view of King’s College and Chapel.
Punting is a quintessential Cambridge activity. You can either be chauffeured on a guided tour or for the brave, take control of your own punt, which we think is more fun.
An hour of punting is enough time to do the College section of the River Cam where you drift past sights such as the Bridge of Sighs at St John’s, Trinity, King’s and the Mathematical Bridge at Queens’. Beware of the sharp bend between Trinity and St Johns Colleges – this is the deepest part of the water, so the most likely place to lose your pole and risk a soaking!
If you have longer, you can take the upper level of the Cam that heads towards the village of Grantchester, meandering through luscious countryside and meadows.
Drivers and pedestrians would probably disagree, but cycling is the city’s favourite mode of transport. There are numerous places you can rent bikes by the hour and a perfect route on a sunny day is to cycle down the path by the side of the Cam towards Ely. There’s two great pubs to stop at for lunch or a drink – The Bridge at Waterbeach, or cross the river at Baits Bite Lock and head back on the other side, stopping off at The Plough in Fen Ditton.
4. Evensong at the Kings College Chapel
King’s College Chapel is famed for its choral services, in particular the evensong services, where the choir sings every day in term time.
5. Eagle Pub
Close to Kings College on Bene’t Street is one of the city’s old pubs, The Eagle. This pub is where Watson and Crick first announced their thinking behind the structure of DNA.
6. The Cambridge University Botanic Garden
The Cambridge University Botanic Garden is a gorgeous place to spend a few hours on a sunny day. You can discover plants from all over the world in 40 acres of beautiful gardens and greenhouses.
7. Granchester Meadows & Orchard Tea Gardens
Grantchester is a pretty village about a 1.5 mile walk or short drive out of the city. It’s most famous for giving the name to the ‘Granchester Group’, a very clever and charismatic bunch of poets, authors and intellectuals who would meet in the village in the early 1900s. The group included Rupert Brooke, Virginia Woolf and John Maynard Keynes.
To get here from the city, you walk through the lovely rolling meadows next to the River Cam, which meanders along very peacefully.
Once in Grantchester, the most famous attraction is The Orchard Tea Gardens, which is on the site where the poet Rupert Brooke lodged. These days, they serve a very good cream tea which you can have outside, sitting on deckchairs, in their tranquil apple orchard.
8. Mill Road
Close to the centre of Cambridge is Mill Road, which is said to contain the largest number of independent shops, cafes and restaurants in the country. Whether that’s still the case we don’t know, but it’s full of quirky places to stop off and shop, eat or drink. We have a particular fondness for this area as our second office was just off Mill Road.
9. The Cambridge Footlights at the ADC Theatre
The Cambridge Footlights is Cambridge University’s most famous theatre club. They stage both dramatic and comic shows at ADC Theatre in the city centre. Ticket and bar prices are very reasonable and you can experience the place where a huge number of famous names first trod the boards as members of the Footlights, including most of Monty Python, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.
10. Prospect Research
Of course, no trip to Cambridge is complete without visiting the city’s leading business development and market research consultancy. So contact us today to arrange a visit.
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