Cambridge

Capital of innovation

After 50 years of sustained growth, Cambridge is the most established and dynamic cluster in Europe. With the support of the Cambridge universities, the cluster became over time a unique network of competences and companies linked to technologies, biosciences and the innovative sectors that developed around Cambridge since the 1960s. The cluster's reputation is such that it has been said that it was the safest place on earth to start risky business. The area employs some 54,000 highly qualified persons and the level of unemployment does not exceed 2 pc. In recent years, 13 companies generated revenues over 1 bln pounds and contributed 12 bln pounds to the British economy. The proximity of the Cambridge University plays a major part in attracting some of the world best specialists in their respective fields.

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Stage town for the 1st time
County Town and Administrative Centre of Cambridgeshire
Population : 126,000 inhabitants
Economy : Silicon Fen (tech companies – an analogy with Silicon Valley in the US) is one of the main technology hubs in Europe. World renowned university made up of 31 colleges, founded in 1209
Culture : King's College Chapel, Trinity College, Great St Mary's Church, Round Church, Fitzwilliam museum, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Sedgwick museum (earth sciences), Whipple Museum of the history of science. Festivals : Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge Film Festival, Cambridge Comedy Festival, Cambridge Literary Festival, Summer in the City, Strawberry Fair
Sport : Cambridge United (football), Cambridge RUFC (rugby). Events: The Boat Race (boat race on the Thames between Cambridge and Oxford Universities since 1856), Varsity Match (annual rugby match between Cambridge and Oxford Universities since 1872)
Specialities : Fitzbillies Chelsea buns, Trinity cream Sustainable Development: 350 km of cycle lanes in the town and its surrounding area, cycle hire scheme, 25 km of The Busway (dedicated bus lane)

A small round and go away

Famous for its university, Cambridge could only shine sportswise and the town is essentially renowned for the most famous rowing competition in the world, The Boat Race, held every year against Oxford. It was also Cambridge students who defined the rules of football in 1856. Cycling is not entirely unknown in town. In 1955, a Cambridge citizen, Fred Krebs, was a member of the legendary British team entered in the Tour de France that year. While he was forced out in the 11th stage, the Vienna-born rider was far from a nobody. Fifth in the 1954 Tour of Europe, he rode the classics with the Hercules team in 1955 and finished 10th in Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Krebs stopped his career after his Tour experience and became an engineer. Cambridge is also the hometown of Lydia Gould, one of the best cyclocross specialists in the UK. After leaving Cambridge, the race goes through Essex and the town of Chelmford, the hometown of two of the best active British riders, Ian Stannard and Alex Dowsett.

Stage town for the 1st time
County Town and Administrative Centre of Cambridgeshire
Population : 126,000 inhabitants
Economy : Silicon Fen (tech companies – an analogy with Silicon Valley in the US) is one of the main technology hubs in Europe. World renowned university made up of 31 colleges, founded in 1209
Culture : King's College Chapel, Trinity College, Great St Mary's Church, Round Church, Fitzwilliam museum, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Sedgwick museum (earth sciences), Whipple Museum of the history of science. Festivals : Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge Film Festival, Cambridge Comedy Festival, Cambridge Literary Festival, Summer in the City, Strawberry Fair
Sport : Cambridge United (football), Cambridge RUFC (rugby). Events: The Boat Race (boat race on the Thames between Cambridge and Oxford Universities since 1856), Varsity Match (annual rugby match between Cambridge and Oxford Universities since 1872)
Specialities : Fitzbillies Chelsea buns, Trinity cream Sustainable Development: 350 km of cycle lanes in the town and its surrounding area, cycle hire scheme, 25 km of The Busway (dedicated bus lane)

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Places to see

The Round Church

One of only four round churches in England. The architecturally stunning Round Church is Cambridge's second oldest building.

King's College Chapel

King's College Chapel is a splendid example of late Gothic (Perpendicular) architecture. It was started in 1446 by Henry VI (1421-71) and took over a century to build. It has the largest fan vault in the world and some of the finest medieval stained glass.

Fitzwilliam Museum

With over half a million incredible artworks in its collection, the Fitzwilliam Museum is one of the most impressive regional museums in Europe, presenting world history and art from as far back as 2500 BC to the present day.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Opened to the public in 1846, the Cambridge University Botanic Garden develops and displays over 8,000 different plant species in 40 acres of beautiful landscapes.

L’église ronde © City of CambridgeLa chapelle de King’s College © City of CambridgeLe Musée Fitzwilliam © City of CambridgeLe Jardin botanique de l’Université de Cambridge © Alex Orrow
Stage town for the 1st time
County Town and Administrative Centre of Cambridgeshire
Population : 126,000 inhabitants
Economy : Silicon Fen (tech companies – an analogy with Silicon Valley in the US) is one of the main technology hubs in Europe. World renowned university made up of 31 colleges, founded in 1209
Culture : King's College Chapel, Trinity College, Great St Mary's Church, Round Church, Fitzwilliam museum, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Sedgwick museum (earth sciences), Whipple Museum of the history of science. Festivals : Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge Film Festival, Cambridge Comedy Festival, Cambridge Literary Festival, Summer in the City, Strawberry Fair
Sport : Cambridge United (football), Cambridge RUFC (rugby). Events: The Boat Race (boat race on the Thames between Cambridge and Oxford Universities since 1856), Varsity Match (annual rugby match between Cambridge and Oxford Universities since 1872)
Specialities : Fitzbillies Chelsea buns, Trinity cream Sustainable Development: 350 km of cycle lanes in the town and its surrounding area, cycle hire scheme, 25 km of The Busway (dedicated bus lane)

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