This has been one of the largest university centers of England (with Oxford) since the twelfth century. The first students came mainly from Oxford they left due to disagreements on religious and academic matters. Originally, colleges were monasteries and so each college has its chapel : although the buildings date back to the 16th century, the religious spirit of the origin remained present.
You can visit the main "colleges", located on the same side of the Cam, the river that runs through Cambridge.
Watch out for bicycles, they come from all directions !...
It is the largest "college" and it dates back to the 16th century. The gate has a statue of Henry VIII. Newton, to whom we owe the theory of gravity, was student in Trinity college.
There is a beautiful Renaissance fountain in the courtyard.
The dining room (adorned with paintings) rather looks like a study room... The Wren Library is worth seeing, but it was closed during my visit.
St John college
St John college is built in the 16th century Tudor style. We notice more particularly its front gate and the bridge of sighs, inspired (or copied) from the famous bridge in Venice.
The chapel of the university is beautiful with its fan vault. There is a painting of Rubens : "Adoration of the Magi" and an nice organ above a wooden jube.
Cambridge choir gives concerts around all the world.
Among the main ones : Queen's College, Gonville and Caius College, Clare College.
It is the church of the campus.
This church which has become an exhibition place was designed on the architecture of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
Cambridge wouldn't be Cambridge without the "punts" : boats manoeuvred by students on the Cam, and bicycles.