Cambridge is an ancient and beautiful university city. The University itself is the fourth oldest in the world, founded in 1209 by a group of scholars leaving Oxford after a dispute. Among its architectural highlights is the famous King's College Chapel (photo), built in Perpendicular Gothic style and completed in 1547. It is regularly open to visitors, and services are still held there daily.
The chapel overlooks the River Cam, where punting is a popular activity among visitors (photo). You can hire a punt and glide along the Backs, enjoying the old college gardens and buildings on either side. Or, if you're feeling more daring and the weather is good, you can punt upriver through tranquil countryside to Grantchester, a village where such luminaries as John Maynard Keynes, Bertrand Russell, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Virginia Woolf used to take tea in the Orchard nearly one hundred years ago.
Alternatively you could relax in the University's Botanic Garden (photo), an extensive landscaped garden with a collection of more than 10,000 species of plants. Cambridge also has an eclectic selection of museums, including the fascinating Whipple Museum of the History of Science, and a good number of comfortable pubs, such as theEagle, where Watson and Crick first announced their discovery of DNA.