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A snapshot guide to Cambridge

Cambridge

This university city is a real jewel in England’s crown! The world-renowned University of Cambridge was founded in 1209, and the city’s skyline is dominated by 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.

Cambridge has a diverse economy, with strength in sectors such as research, engineering, pharmaceuticals and tourism. It is at the heart of the software and bioscience industries, and more than 40 per cent of the workforce have a higher education qualification, which is more than twice the national average. The city’s surrounds are sometimes referred to as Silicon Fen because of the density of high-tech businesses and technology incubators that have developed on science parks around the city including Abcam, CSR, ARM Ltd, CamSemi, Jagex, Marshall Aerospace, Microsoft and Sinclair. Technology aside, the city remains an important market town, trading in a wide variety of goods, and is a real shopping mecca, attracting many of the biggest names alongside independent shops and boutiques.

Often described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, thanks to its eye-catching architecture, green spaces and River Cam, where visitors will try their hand at a spot of punting, there’s nothing more relaxing than a stroll around this charming English city. Stop off for a cup of coffee at a local café bar, or why not take in a theatre show at the Cambridge Corn Exchange or exhibition courtesy of the Fitzwilliam Museum? As for sport, the city has a longstanding tradition in boating, and the university is famous for its competitive rowing club, challenging Oxford University to a boat race every April. Rugby, cricket and football are played here, with the Abbey Stadium home to Cambridge United Football Club.

The city is adjacent to the M11 and A14 roads, and Cambridge Station is less than an hour from London King’s Cross railway station. Given its status as a university city, Cambridge has a high level of cycle use, as well as several bus services including routes linking five park and ride sites. Speaking of its universities, there are, in fact, two separate institutions – Anglia Ruskin University evolved from the Cambridge School of Art and the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology. There are also numerous state and independent schools, as well as the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology, which opened in September 2014.

The average property price for Cambridge stood at £448,356 in December 2018, which us a fall of 1.66 per cent in the last year. And in terms of property types, flats in Cambridge sold for an average of £302,631, and terraced houses, for £401,092.

If you love a slice of culture, a move to Cambridge could be right up your street! The city hosts several fairs and festivals on an annual basis including Midsummer Fair, Stawberry Fair, Cambridge Beer Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, Cambridge Film Festival and Cambridge Science Festival. You would be in very good company, as Professor Stephen Hawking, Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Stephen Fry, Dame Emma Thompson and Sir David Attenborough all lived here whilst attending Cambridge University.