Cambridge is one of the most visited cities in the UK because of its proximity to London (just an hour on the train from King’s Cross) which makes it easy for a day trip. There are plenty of things to see in the city that is famous for its University, historical streets and river walks. BUT. If you’re looking for something unusual to see in the famous University city then check out these 6 quirky places for something a little bit different…!
1. Corpus Clock
The Corpus Clock sits on the King’s Parade opposite The Cambridge Chop House. A relatively recent addition to Cambridge it has mystified visitors and locals alike since 2008 with the fearsome creature that sits atop the gold plated dome with the eerie blue lights flashing around. Find out some more about the clock and its meaning on the Corpus Christi website and make sure to check it out when you visit.
2. Reality Checkpoint
The Reality Checkpoint sits in the middle of Parker’s Piece and is a mystical green lamp post. It’s not known for definite what the lamp post and Reality Checkpoint really is and what it means but there are a few theories. One of these is that it represents the boundary between the University area and the real world beyond and another that it may be a helpful spot for inebriated students making their way home from a night out. See it for yourself and decide which theory you believe! Also make sure to look out for the little door at the bottom as well!
3. The Round Church
The Round Church is an unusual shaped little building right in the city centre that has stood in its spot for 900 years and its design was based on the rotunda of the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. You don’t see many churches of this shape so make sure to take a snap as you take a look!
4. The Golden Helix
At the bottom of Portugal Place (one of Cambridge’s prettiest streets!) you can find the house that Francis Crick once lived in and where his achievements in biology are recognised by a golden helix that you can see hanging beside the door.
5. Mathematical Bridge
The River Cam winds its way through Cambridge and you can often see visitors and students punting along the river enjoying the views along The Backs! There are many bridges that traverse the river but one very unusual one (that you can see without paying – the Bridge of Sighs is also unusual but you either have to punt or pay to get into St John’s College to see it) is the Mathematical Bridge.
The Mathematical Bridge connects two parts of Queens’ College and was built in 1749. When it was built it was a magnificent feat of engineering to build a 50 ft bridge made out of wood which is a weak material when under force to bend! Not only is it impressive for its design but it is also rather beautiful and well photographed!
6. Orchard Street
Orchard Street is a super cute street but also a pretty unusual find in a city centre because along one side of this road runs a row of tiny cottages that would look more at home in a countryside village! Take a stroll along Orchard Street and admire the cute little houses and have a peaceful walk away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre that’s really not that far away.
Which is your favourite quirky spot?!