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Cambridge and its university are inseparable and our walking tour will reveal how the ‘town and gown’ have co-existed since the 13th century.College quadrangles, chapels and halls dominate the city centre around the market square, constituting a treasure trove of architectural styles.The well-respected Cambridge University Press was founded in 1534.The river made medieval Cambridge a centre of trade because trade routes between London, the Midlands and Europe met at the bridge over the Cam.Bede, in the late 7th century, records that monks from Ely went to the ruined settlement and found a marble coffin that they used for the burial of St. The settlement enjoyed a trickle of commerce in the Saxon period, in which the bridge over the Cam was first recorded by name, Grantebrycge.The Vikings revived Cambridge’s economic fortunes in the 9th century and the centre of town shifted from Castle Hill on the left river bank to what is now known as Quayside on the right bank.
Upon arrival we transfer by private coach north to the university city of Cambridge.
Director of Benefaction at Carrick Hill house and garden, author & ABC presenter, graduate of the Attingham Summer School & member of Royal Collections Studies group, Richard introduces his Britain to ASA travellers.
Join Richard Heathcote, Director of Carrick Hill, Adelaide, and conservation architect Margaret Heathcote on a fascinating cultural tour of East Anglia through dramatic and picturesque districts that are not on main tourist routes.
After settling into our hotel, the Hilton Cambridge City Centre, we will take in the atmosphere of this wonderful centre of learning with a gentle riverside stroll along the backs of the colleges to view the famous, as well as the lesser known, colleges and their gardens.
We visit the Pepys Library at Magdalene, gifted by the great diarist Samuel Pepys.
Those taking alternative flights should meet the group at the Heathrow Airport Arrivals Hall – please contact ASA to arrange a suitable meeting time.