Cambridge is a university town in East Anglia and a major economic centre in the English county of Cambridgeshire. The town is best known for the calibre of its university, which was founded in the early 13th century and is consistently rated as being among the very best institutions of its kind in the world. The success and appeal of the University of Cambridge has helped the town establish itself as an important centre in a number of cutting-edge industries like high-technology, computer software and bioscience. Cambridge itself is characterised in no small part by its many impressive university buildings and also by its position close to the River Cam. There is evidence of the town having been occupied since long before the Roman occupation of England and as far back as the Bronze Age.
Setting up your business here
Many of the most prominent businesses in Cambridge have been successfully spun out from activities within the University of Cambridge. Some of the largest companies based in the town include the multinational semiconductor and software group ARM Holdings and the enterprise software business Autonomy. The town and its office space is also home to numerous solicitor firms, publishers and financial service groups, many of which benefit considerably from being located just 50 miles or so north of London.
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Things to do in Cambridge
Cambridge is one of the most visually appealing urban areas in the UK, thanks largely to the remarkable preservation of so much of its architecture and its long-standing position as a centre of learning. Specific sites well worth a visit include the Fitzwilliam Museum, which is packed with antiques and paintings by the likes of Constable, Gainsborough and Hogarth. Meanwhile, some of the more picturesque parts of the town are found in an area called the Backs, which serves as a great vantage point to see some of the more impressive university college buildings. The Cambridge University Botanic Gardens is also a wonderful place to visit if you have the chance, as indeed is Anglesey Abbey. There are also a wide range of luxury or more rustic restaurants in Cambridge, with a list of the best including Restaurant Twenty Two, The Oak Bistro and De Luca Cucina & Bar. Elsewhere, for great places to grab a drink or two, try either the Devonshire Arms or the Green Dragon.
- Tube lines: N/A
- Mainline stations: Cambridge
- Nearest motorways: M11, A14
- Nearest airports: Cambridge Airport, London Stansted
- Other: A guided busway connects central Cambridge with surrounding areas and nearby towns