Cambridge is approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of London and is the county town of Cambridgeshire, England. Well-known to be a university city, Cambridge has a population of 123,867 ( United Kingdom census 2011) where nearly one fifth are students.
The University of Cambridge founded in 1209 is one of the top five universities in the world and is the second oldest university in the western world. You’ll find the city’s skyline to be dominated by The King’s College Chapel and the Cambridge University Library 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. Formerly the Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University and the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology also has its main campuses in Cambridge.
The city of Cambridge is also the heart of many high-technology start-up companies, where many are born out of the university. Statistically speaking, more than 40% of the city’s workforce has a higher education qualification and earns more than double the national average. It’s also a well known center for software and bioscience.
Looking briefly into Cambridge’s historical past, there is archaeological evidence of settlement in Roman Britain and during the Bronze Age. During viking rule, Cambridge became an important trading post. While the first town charters were granted in the 12th century, Cambridge didn’t become an official city until 1951.
Cambridge today is a vibrant city, the Strawberry Fair music and arts festival and Midsummer Fairs are held on Midsummer Common, and the annual Cambridge Beer Festival takes place on Jesus Green. 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.