Jan Kraus
16 February 2020travel4 min read

A weekend in Cambridge

A photo of the river Cam, seen in Cambridge, UK, captured in February, 2020

As I moved to the UK only a few years ago, everything around is fresh and new. Lucky to have friends in Cambridge, we’ve visited them for a weekend and took the opportunity to see this lovely British city.

Our stay was short, only two days, but we’ve visited a few interesting places. What you see below is a small photo story from this trip.

The Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs

This beautiful church is located only minutes walk from Cambridge train station. Walking by the Hills Rd, we’ve peeked inside and discovered a fantastic interior with amazing arcs supporting the roof.

The Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs
The Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs

Colleges

The University of Cambridge is one of the oldest in the world. Its multiple, self-governed colleges are spread over the city with some open public visitors.

Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

We’ve stopped at one of them: Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge which presented itself with nice looking front court and peacefull inner grounds with fish pond and family of ducks.

View from the Great St Mary’s Church

We’ve continued our walk and step into the Church of St Mary the Great. Its tower has caught my attention, and we’ve climbed the stairs on the top to admire the beautiful panoramic view of the city.

View on King's College Chapel from the Church of St Mary the Great, Cambridge, UK
View on King's College Chapel from the Church of St Mary the Great, Cambridge, UK

Luckily, the weather was great that day, so we’ve managed to capture some scenic views of King’s College Chapel and surroundings.

Bridges on river Cam

A couple punting on river Cam under famous Mathematical Bridge, Cambridge UK
A couple punting on river Cam under famous Mathematical Bridge, Cambridge UK

For me, as an outsider, it was quite funny to learn that the calm river flowing through the city is actually called Cam. I’ve dug a bit deeper to find out more about the origins of the city name and found out that contrary that one may think; actually, the river got its name from the city.

At this time, the town was known as Grentebrige or Cantebrigge, and then ultimately as Cambridge. Yet it wasn’t known as such until someone believed, just like the young boy voicing his thoughts aloud, that the river must be called the River Cam and Cambridge must be the town surrounding it, reached by crossing the Cambridge.

Now, I’m not sure if this is also true, but I find it a bit funny!

Punting in Cambridge

We’ve booked ourselves a punting tour, and it turned out to be a delightful experience.

As we slowly moved through the river, passing many famous and historic buildings, our guide told us stories and described the history of the places around.

I highly recommend trying it!

Tourists punting in Cambridge UK
Tourists punting in Cambridge UK

After the punting tour and some early dinner, we’ve continued our walk alongside, enjoying golden hour light and beautiful views of the Cam riverside.

A view on some buildings from a punt on Cam river, Cambridge, UK
A view on some buildings from a punt on Cam river, Cambridge, UK

Ely Cathedral

On the next day, we’ve planned to visit Ely with the plan to see the cathedral. The weather wasn’t that good as the day before, due to Storm Ciara approaching.

It was quite windy and rainy, but after a half-hour drive, we’ve reached the city, and after a quick peeks from outside, we quickly hid inside from the torrential wind.

A view on Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK
A view on Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK

This building huge from outside! When we entered, it made an even stronger impression!

The Nave of Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK
The Nave of Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK

The Nave, with more than 75 meters length and 30 meters ceiling height, is simply spectacular. But the biggest impression left on me was by the Octagon, central tower boasting vast internal space, decorated with pinnacles and lantern above.

It looks stunning!

The Octagon of Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK
The Octagon of Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK

We’ve spent a substantial amount of time there, admiring various aspects of the building and its history. If you’re around the area, its a place you should definitely consider seeing.

The Choir of Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK
The Choir of Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK

After touring the cathedral, we went for a short walk through Ely. Still, the weather was getting worse, and to run away from it, we went for lunch at Ely Turkish Restaurant - they serve delicious food there.

Highlights

In the end, this was a lovely trip, and we enjoyed Waterbeach, Cambridge, and Ely. Below you’ll find a few more highlight photos from the weekend.

Street with homes in Cambridge
Street with homes in Cambridge
A sunset view over some canale in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, UK
A sunset view over some canale in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, UK
Morris Minor 1000, Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK
Morris Minor 1000, Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK
A costume from Crowns and Gowns Exhibition, Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK
A costume from Crowns and Gowns Exhibition, Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK
Punting on Cam river
Punting on Cam river

That’s all from this excursion. Thanks for reading!

Entry published on 16 February 2020 in travel, UK, Cambridge, photography.
© 2007 - 2020 Jan Kraus - Site built with GatsbyJS