City Guide



Introduction to Cambridge

Cambridge is a university city on the River Cam, approximately 50 miles (80 km) north of London. At the UK Census 2011, its population was 123,867, including 24,488 students.

Cambridge became an important trading centre during the Roman and Viking ages, and there is archaeological evidence of settlement in the area as early as the Bronze Age.

The city is home to the world-renowned University of Cambridge, which was founded in 1209. The University includes King's College Chapel, Cavendish Laboratory and the Cambridge University Library, one of the largest legal deposit libraries in the world. The city's skyline is dominated by several college buildings, along with the spire of the Our Lady and the English Martyrs Church, the chimney of Addenbrooke's Hospital and St John's College Chapel tower. 

Anglia Ruskin University, evolved from the Cambridge School of Art and the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology, also has its main campus in the city.