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Place Cambridge

Cambridge is a university city and the county town of Cambridgeshire, England, on the River Cam approximately 55 miles north of London. At the United Kingdom Census 2011, the population of the Cambridge built-up area was 158,434 including 29,327 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 first town charters were granted in the 12th century, although modern city status was not officially conferred until 1951.
The University of Cambridge was founded in 1209. The buildings of the university include 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, and the chimney of Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Anglia Ruskin University, which evolved from the Cambridge School of Art and the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology, also has its main campus in the city.
Cambridge is at the heart of the high-technology Silicon Fen with industries such as software and bioscience and many start-up companies born out of the university. Over 40 per cent of the workforce have a higher education qualification, more than twice the national average.

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Atlas Obscura 2021
0.19km
‘Teleport-o-Matic’

Discover 'Teleport-o-Matic' in Cambridge, England: One of several Lilliputian portals that are ready to transport passengers to other dimensions, if they can find them.

Atlas Obscura 2020
0.57km
Xu Zhimo Memorial

Discover Xu Zhimo Memorial in Cambridge, England: A monument to one of the most famous modernist Chinese poems and its poet.

Atlas Obscura 2017
0.3km
The Pub Where Francis Crick Announced He Had Discovered the DNA Double-Helix

The Cambridge pub serves an ale called DNA to commemorate this pivotal moment in science.

Brutalism
0.77km
Cambridge School of Architecture
Brutalism 1959
1.44km
Churchill College
Atlas Obscura 2020
0.56km
Reality Checkpoint

Discover Reality Checkpoint in Cambridge, England: An ordinary lamppost situated in the middle of Cambridge has an unusual moniker and history.

Brutalism
1.73km
Grantchester Road Residential Building
Atlas Obscura 2019
0.58km
Mathematical Bridge

Discover Mathematical Bridge in Cambridge, England: Local legend says Isaac Newton built this footbridge without any screws, bolts, or nails.

Brutalism 1957
0.83km
Harvey Court (Gonville & Caius College)
Brutalism 1958
1.33km
New Hall (today: Murray Edwards College)
Atlas Obscura 2020
0.54km
Garret Hostel Bridge

Discover Garret Hostel Bridge in Cambridge, England: Named after a lodging site that existed nearby, a bridge has existed at this location since 1455.

Atlas Obscura 2019
0.8km
Kettle’s Yard

Discover Kettle's Yard in Cambridge, England: Students can borrow artwork from this gallery to display in their own residences.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.99km
Ascension Parish Burial Ground

Discover Ascension Parish Burial Ground in Cambridge, England: The graveyard with the highest IQ in Britain.

Atlas Obscura 2021
0.41km
Newton’s Apple Tree, Trinity College

Discover Newton's Apple Tree, Trinity College in Cambridge, England: This tree was grafted from the actual tree that led Isaac Newton to ponder the theory of gravity.

Brutalism 1965
0.79km
Dining Hall, Darwin College

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